- Class Number 2002
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Katharine Balolia
- Dr Katharine Balolia
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
This course will provide an introduction to the fossil evidence for human evolution in the context of living great apes and modern humans. The course will proceed chronologically from our earliest human ancestors, who originated around 7 million years ago, up until modern humans who inhabit the world today. We will ask the questions of why our ancestors became bipedal, what they ate, how they grew up, and when they left Africa. We will cover topics such as how can we reconstruct behaviour using skeletal evidence and will critically examine how the evolutionary relationships among our extinct hominin relatives can be inferred from the fossil evidence.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- identify important fossils relevant to the study of human evolution;
- understand the principles of biological evolution;
- understand what is meant by the concept of species, and how these may be recognised in the fossil record;
- compare different fossils with one another, and draw phylogenetic inferences; and
- understand the principles of geological dating and environmental reconstruction.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course Introduction and Human Evolution Overview|
|2||Taxonomy and species concepts; Primates and their anatomy||Lab participation|
|3||Concepts of evolution; Geology and Dating||Tutorial participation|
|4||Primate diet and locomotion; The first putative hominins||Lab participation|
|5||The australopiths (Parts 1 & 2)||Essay Proposal due; Tutorial participation|
|6||The australopiths (Parts 3 & 4)||Lab participation|
|7||Early Homo (H. habilis and H. rudofensis); African Homo erectus (H. ergaster)||Lab participation|
|8||Homo erectus from China, Indonesia and Eurasia (Parts 1 & 2)||Tutorial participation|
|9||Homo naledi; Origins of the genus Homo||Take-home test due; Lab participation|
|10||Homo floresiensis and Homo luzonensis||Tutorial participation|
|11||Mid-Pleistocene Homo and the Neanderthals||Lab participation|
|12||Anatomically modern humans and recent human evolution|
|13||No classes||Final Essay due|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Essay Proposal||10 %||2,3,4,5|
|Take-home test||30 %||1,2,3|
|Final Essay||50 %||2,3,4,5|
|Tutorial participation||10 %||1,2,4|
* 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:
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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5
The proposal should be 300 words (not including references) and should explain the outline of what your proposed essay will cover. The proposal should include the paper topic as well as what the main focus of the paper will be. It should also include a list of at least 3 academic references that will be used in the paper.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The take-home test will consist of several long answer questions and will assess your understanding of lecture material, associated readings and information learned in lab and tutorial sessions.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5
The essay should be 2500 words (not including references). Please see essay writing guidelines for further guidance on how to write your essay.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Participation in tutorials will be assessed based on your ability to summarise the readings and lead the discussion during your assigned week. Participation in lab sessions will be assessed based on your lab participation assessments (submitted via Wattle). Students scoring in the HD range will show their ability to lead the discussion during their assigned week, contribute information that is relevant to the topic in all tutorials and will complete lab assessments to a high standard.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
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) submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Dr Katharine Balolia