• Class Number 2002
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz
    • Dr Katharine Balolia
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

Conduct of an agreed program of prescribed readings and research on a defined topic or case study in biological anthropology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Develop and demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pursue investigation of a research topic relevant to biological anthropology
  2. Work with an academic supervisor and respond appropriately to his/her guidance in the conduct of their research
  3. Synthesise relevant knowledge gained from the literature and from any original data collected
  4. Communicate the fruits of what they have learnt in oral and/or written formats

General research

  • Dunbar, R. (1995). The Trouble with Science. London: Faber & Faber.
  • Ford, E.D. (2000). Scientific Method for Ecological Research. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lasker GL, Mascie-Taylor CGN. 1993. Research Strategies in Human Biology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Day RA. 1998. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (5th ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pechenik JA, Lamb BC. 1994. How To Write About Biology. London: HarperCollins.
  • Bell J. 2005. Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First Time Researchers in Education and Social Science (4th Ed.). Open University Press.
  • Bernard HR. 1995. Research Methods in Anthropology (2nd ed.). AltaMira Press.
  • Silverman D. 1997. Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice. London: Sage Publications.
  • Emerson RM, Fretz RI, Shaw LL. 1995. Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Statistics and SPSS

  • Pallant J. 2013. SPSS survival manual: a step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS for Windows.
  • McGraw-Hill Education (UK).
  • Fowler J, Cohen L, Jarvis P. 1999. Practical Statistics for Field Biology. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Rowntree D. 1981. Statistics Without Tears. Penguin (old, but solid introduction)

Topic specific readings must be discussed and agreed with supervisor 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments on all written components of the assessment
  • Written feedback on the oral component of the assessment 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing for all assignments should follow the format of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Research project discussion 1
2 Research project discussion 2
3 Research project discussion 3
4 Research project discussion 4
5 Research project discussion 5 Assessment 1
6 Research project discussion 6
7 Research project discussion 7 Assessment 2
8 Research project discussion 8
9 Research project discussion 9
10 Research project discussion 10
11 Research project discussion 11 Assessment 3
12 Research project discussion 12

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Annotated Bibliography 15 % 29/03/2019 15/04/2019 1,2
Essay 25 % 26/04/2019 13/05/2019 3,4
Research Project 60 % 24/05/2019 10/06/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 15/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Annotated Bibliography

This is a written assignment that demonstrates your ability to review and select relevant bibliographic entries that cover your assigned research project and final report. The annotated bibliography will be predominantly linked to your research project and it will form a foundation from which to expand your research. You are required to consult around 10 peer-reviewed journal articles (this means you cannot include book chapters) and provide an annotation for each of these entries. Each annotation should be around 150 words and should summarise the findings/core message in each paper. We will discuss the details of this in our meetings. The word count for your annotated bibliography (excluding references) should be 1500 words.

This assessment is worth 15% of your total mark.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 26/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4


This is a written assignment that will demonstrate your ability to synthesise information from a variety of sources. It will also allow you to demonstrate your ability to review and critically analyse literature. We will finalise the essay title and content during our meetings. The word count for your essay should be 2000 words.

This assessment is worth 25% of your total mark.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 24/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 10/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Research Project

This is the main component of your assessment and is the piece of writing that reports the results of your research project. You may want to think of this piece of assessment as a small dissertation. The structure of your report needs to be scientific, i.e. organised into standard sections: introduction, aims and hypotheses, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions. The word count for your research project should be 3500 words.

This assessment is worth 60% of your total mark.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Written assignments will be uploaded onto wattle once graded.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of assignments is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

Research Interests

Dr Justyna Miszkiewicz

Monday 14:00 16:00
Dr Katharine Balolia

Research Interests

Dr Katharine Balolia

Monday 14:00 16:00

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