- Code BIAN2128
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Health, Medicine and the Body, Forensic Anthropology
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course offers students an introductory training in the fields of Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology. Students will be trained in recovering forensic evidence using archaeological methods, both practically (as part of field training) and theoretically. The basics of human biological profile reconstruction will also be taught in a lab setting. We will cover a variety of topics that pertain to crime scene investigation, including how to identify skeletonised human remains. This course focuses solely on medico-legal contexts of human remains, with examples from domestic and international cases. Students will gain a set of skills necessary, and appropriate in terms of the requirements of the Australian medico-legal professions, for the practical management and excavation of a body/crime scene.
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:
- Reconstruct a basic biological profile from a set of human skeletal remains;
- Recover forensic evidence using archaeological methods as part of a mock excavation in the field;
- Analyse and report forensic evidence in a written format;
- Describe, explain, and critically evaluate methods used in Forensic Anthropology; and
- Discuss and construct an academic argument around an issue/issues in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology case(s).
Indicative AssessmentForensic excavation/crime scene management report, 2500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1-5]
Forensic excavation/ crime scene management lab portfolio (5 weeks' worth of 1x A4 page summaries of lab progress) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3]
Literature-based essay, 1500 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 4, 5]
Methodological test, 2 hours (20%) [Learning Outcomes 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 41 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 22 hours of lectures, 11 hours of laboratories, and 8 hours of field training*; and
b) 89 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
*Please note that participation in the field training (mock excavation) is mandatory. The excavation is repeated each day (Monday to Friday) in Week 6. Each student participates in the excavation one day only (9am-5pm). The allocation of students to a particular day is undertaken at the start of the course to as far as possible account for each student's other course clashes and/or Week 6 commitments.
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