SRJC Course Outlines

12/2/2021 5:36:11 PMANTHRO 1 Course Outline as of Spring 2004

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ANTHRO 1Title:  PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY  
Full Title:  Physical Anthropology
Last Reviewed:2/22/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Survey of the human fossil record, primate social behavior and comparative anatomy, genetics, and human diversity.  The impact of human evolution on early and future global environments; issues surrounding future adaptation.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Survey of the human fossil record, primate social behavior and comparative anatomy, genetics, and human diversity.  The impact of human evolution on early and future global environments; issues surrounding future adaptation.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Natural Sciences
Global Perspective and Environmental Literacy
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 B2Life ScienceFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 5BBiological SciencesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 CID Descriptor: ANTH 110 Introduction to Biological Anthropology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): ANTHRO1

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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The following outcomes and objectives will be measured through classroom
discussion, assignments, and exams.  Students completing this course
will be able to:
1.  demonstrate knowledge of the terms, concepts and
   research methodologies used in the study of human evolution and
   biological diversity.
2.  develop a basic understanding of scientific inquiry and its methods.
3.  demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of human genetics
   and the development of modern evolutionary theory utilizing examples
   drawn from hominid/environmental issues or problems.
4.  demonstrate comprehension of the place and impact of humankind within
   the natural world, especially within the primate order (taxonomy,
   comparative anatomy, environmental survival of primates today.)
5.  demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fossil evidence for human
   evolution (names, dates, cranial capacities, and relationships to
  survival or extinction of both hominids as well as other megafauna.)
6.  recognize and appreciate the environmental sources of biological
   diversity ("race") in modern populations (climate, geography, and
   other environmental determinants.)
7.  evaluate how the human species has impacted the natural environment
   and how that impact now challenges the future survival of humankind.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Introduction to Anthropology as a scientific discipline and to the
   methods of scientific inquiry.
2.  The development of modern evolutionary theory.
3.  The principles of human genetics and the role of mutation and
   environmental adaptation in the past and future.
4.  Modern populations, human diversity ("race"), and variations in
   environmental adaptation.
5.  Primate taxonomy and skeletal anatomy.
6.  The social behavior of non-human primates and the environmental
   challenges they face today.
7.  Geologic time scales and chronometric dating techniques.
8.  Early primate evolution:  The first primates.
9.  Early hominid forms in Africa and the origins of culture(s) as an
   environmental adaptive mechanism.
10. Evolution and expansion of Homo erectus from Africa into Asia and
   Europe.  The continuing evolution of Lower Paleolithic culture
   as an adaptation to expanding environments.  Impact of hominids on
   early megafauna.
11. Evolution and expansion of Homo sapiens in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
   The Neandertals and other archaic forms.  Middle Paleolithic cultures
   maximizing global environmental niches. Impact of hominids on early
12. Origin and expansion of anatomically modern Homo sapiens through
   Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.  Upper Paleolithic
   cultures maximizing global environmental niches. Impact of hominids
   on contemporary environments
13. Summary of global environmental impact of the human species and
   challenges for the survival of human beings in the Twenty-first

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1.  As homework students will read and study assignments in textbooks
   for each class meeting.
2.  Students will be expected to take extensive notes on lectures and
   and class discussions.
3.  Students will write one or more papers on assigned topics, including
   field observation reports, book response papers, and critical-thought
4.  At the preference of the instructor, students may also be assigned map
   tests and other types of homework, including problem-solving

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 50%
Written homework, Term papers, Book responses, reaction papers and map tests
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 30%
Off campus research (zoo observations)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Park, Michael. BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Third Edition. Mayfield
  Publishing, 2001.
Jurmain, Robert, Harry Nelson, Lynn Kilgore, and Wendy Trevathan.
Campbell, Bernard G. HUMANKIND EMERGING. Allyn and Bacon, 2001.

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