• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology , Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Clare McFadden
    • Prof Marc Oxenham
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course offers students training in the anatomy of the human skeleton and techniques used in biological profiling from skeletal remains. Students will be taught a range of skeletal biology techniques used to estimate age-at-death, biological sex, stature, and bone functional adaptation. We will cover the development, form, and function of human hard tissues (bones and teeth). Acquired skills will be of value to any students interested in skeletal studies including vertebrate biology, comparative skeletal anatomy, medicine, palaeontology, human and primate evolution, forensic sciences and archaeology.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe and explain the human skeletal structure: name and define hard tissues and their parts at a macroscopic (gross) and microscopic (histological) level;
  2. Describe and explain the fundamentals of human skeletal growth and metabolic processes in a developmental and functional context;
  3. Gain practical experience and develop skills in identification and analysis of human skeletal tissues; and
  4. Outline the ethical treatment of human skeletal remains, and be able to recall key professional documents stipulating the code of ethics, guidance on care and curation of human remains.

Indicative Assessment

5 x Lab tests, 15 minutes each (10% each for a total of 50%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
Practical mid-semester examination, 1 hour (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]
Final examination, 2 hours (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of laboratory practicals; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Archeology (ARCH), Biological Anthropology (BIAN), or Biology (BIOL) courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed BIAN3011 or BIAN6517.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2740 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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