• 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, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Geoffrey Kushnick
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course will familiarise students with common methods used in biological anthropology. Specifically, it will deal with issues including the methods of data analysis, data presentation and hypothesis testing within the discipline of biological anthropology. This will be accomplished through students conducting both qualitative and quantitative analysis on an existing data set, and then interpreting the results of that analysis. The main aim of this course is to prepare students for the data analysis portion of their own thesis projects and future research in the discipline.

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. Choose an appropriate research design to answer their research questions;
  2. Assess a data set and use appropriate techniques to clean it;
  3. Use descriptive statistics to describe the data set;
  4. Choose the correct statistical tests to perform significance testing on data sets; and
  5. Interpret statistical tests and present results in a scientific format.

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation of methods relevant to a thesis, 20 minutes (10%) [Learning Outcome 1]
Peer review of two other orally presented methods relevant to a thesis (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Written report describing data analysis pertaining to a research project, 3000 words (80%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4, 5]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of contact over 12 weeks of lectures and workshops; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 144 units of Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR) courses or be studying Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), or with permission of the convenor.

Assumed Knowledge

Completion of a cognate major.

Specialisations

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3023 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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