- Code BIAN6517
- 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, Forensic Anthropology , Biology
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Stacey Ward
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2024
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe and explain advanced human skeletal structure: name and define hard tissues and their parts at a macroscopic (gross) and microscopic (histological) level;
- describe and explain advanced fundamentals of human skeletal growth and metabolic processes in a developmental and functional context;
- gain practical experience and develop skills in identification and analysis of human skeletal tissues;
- 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; and
- critically evaluate, in a written format, one method used in the analysis of human skeletal remains.
- 5 x Lab tests, 15 minutes each (8% each) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Written methodological evaluation, 600 words (10) [LO 5]
- Practical mid-semester examination, 1 hour (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination, 2 hours (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 18 hours of lectures and 18 hours of laboratory practicals; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
WHITE TD, FOLKENS PA. 2005. THE HUMAN BONE MANUAL. SAN DIEGO, CA: ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS. [Available in library as an e-book]
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2344||19 Feb 2024||26 Feb 2024||31 Mar 2024||24 May 2024||In Person||N/A|