• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Biological Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology , Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Stacey Ward
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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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:

  1. describe and explain advanced human skeletal structure: name and define hard tissues and their parts at a macroscopic (gross) and microscopic (histological) level;
  2. describe and explain advanced 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;
  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; and
  5. critically evaluate, in a written format, one method used in the analysis of human skeletal remains.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5 x Lab tests, 15 minutes each (8% each) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Written methodological evaluation, 600 words (10) [LO 5]
  3. Practical mid-semester examination, 1 hour (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Final examination, 2 hours (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed BIAN2015.

Prescribed Texts

WHITE TD, FOLKENS PA. 2005. THE HUMAN BONE MANUAL. SAN DIEGO, CA: ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS. [Available in library as an e-book]

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2459 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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