SRJC Course Outlines

6/18/2024 9:13:46 AMANTHRO 1 Course Outline as of Spring 2010

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ANTHRO 1Title:  PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY  
Full Title:  Physical Anthropology
Last Reviewed:4/25/2022

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 1A.

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 1A.
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:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students 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. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principles of human genetics
   and the development of modern Evolutionary Theory.     
3. 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).
4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the fossil evidence for human
5.  Recognize and appreciate the environmental sources of biological
   diversity ("race") in modern populations (climate, geography, and
   other environmental determinants).
6.  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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I.       Introduction to Anthropology as a scientific discipline and to the methods of scientific inquiry.
II.      The development of modern Evolutionary Theory.
III.     The principles of human genetics and the role of mutation and environmental adaptation in the past and future.
IV.     Modern populations, human diversity ("race"), and variations in environmental adaptation.
V.      Bioethics and genetic innovation.
VI.     Primate taxonomy and skeletal anatomy.
VII.    The social behavior of non-human primates and the environmental challenges they face today.
VIII.   Geologic time scales and chronometric dating techniques.
IX.     Early primate evolution:  The first primates.
X.      Early hominid forms in Africa and the origins of culture(s) as an environmental adaptive mechanism.
XI.     Names, dates, cranial capacities, and morphological and genetic changes in the human fossil records over time.
XII.    Evolution and expansion of Homo erectus from Africa into Asia and Europe.  
               A.  The continuing evolution of Lower Paleolithic culture as an adaptation to expanding environments.  
               B.  Impact of hominids on early megafauna.
XIII.   Evolution and expansion of Homo sapiens in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
              A.  The Neanderthals and other archaic forms.  
               B.  Middle Paleolithic cultures maximizing global environmental niches.
XIV.  Origin and expansion of anatomically modern Homo sapiens through Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.  
               A.  Upper Paleolithic cultures maximizing global environmental niches.
               B.  Impact of hominids on contemporary environments.
XV.  The relationship among human biology, culture, and the spread of disease.
XVI. Summary of global environmental impact of the human species and challenges for the survival of human beings in the twenty-first century.

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1.  For homework students will read and study assignments in textbooks for each class meeting, approximately 10-30 pages per week.
2.  Students will write one or more 1-3 page papers on assigned topics, including book and article response papers, and critical-thought essays.
3.  Students will complete 2-4 exams during the semester, which can include multiple choice questions, true/false completion, map identification, and short answer and essay questions.
4.  Optional assignments may include assigned map tests, other types of homework, attendance, and in-class participation.

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
20 - 40%
Written homework, Book responses, and reaction papers
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
55 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Completion, Short answer, Map tests
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Attendance and In-class participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology.  Fuentes, Agustin:  McGraw Hill, Boston:  2007.
Our Origins:  Discovering Physical Anthropology.  Larsen, Clark.  W.W. Norton & Company:  2008
Transformations:  Readings in Evolution, Hominins, and the Environment,  Sixth edition.   Smith, Dianne and Slovak, Nicole (Ed).  Hayden-McNeil Publishing Inc., Plymouth:  2008

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