Ant 101 Online
Introductory Physical Anthropology
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| COURSE DESCRIPTION
- This course begins with an introduction
to the major subdivisions of anthropology, evolutionary theory, the
biological foundations of life and principles of heredity. The course then
moves on to primate taxonomy and ethology (study of behavior), continues
with a consideration of modern human
biological variation and adaptation, and ends with an extended examination
the several stages of hominid (human) evolution as demonstrated by the
Please be aware that this is a demanding and rigorous course. College level reading and
writing skills are absolutely necessary for students taking this course. Students must be
self-motivated and self-disciplined, possess good time management skills, and have the
necessary computer skills and equipment to successfully complete the
required work in the course.
- The best strategy for
success in online Ant 101 is to
the course promptly,
[b] budget you study time based on the weekly learning unit assignments
[c] check in to the Bb
online class room at least every other day to read newly posted
announcements and other materials, and
[d] meet all the assignment deadlines from the very beginning of the
Andrew Habermacher, Ph.D.
- Office: 2031 Marlboro Hall, Prince George's Com. Coll., Largo, MD
- Office Phone: (301) 322-0548
- Email: email@example.com
- Fax: (301) 808-0418
|C. REQUIRED BOOKS
2004. Physical Anthropology 05/06.
McGraw-Hill/Dushkin Annual Editions. 14th edition. Guilford, CT:
Buy the following books at P. G. C. C. Bookstore (301-322-0912)
or at the following online book stores:
http://www.pgccbookstore.com , http://www.barnesandnobel.com
- Jurmain, Richard, L. Kilgore, W.
Trevathan and H. Nelson.
Essentials of Physical Anthropology. 5th Edition.
- Angeloni, Elvio (editor)
Be CERTAIN you get the exact edition of these books as indicated above. Use
the ISBN numbers to be certain.
EXPECTED COURSE OUTCOMES
In addition to improving their reading comprehension, essay writing,
time management and research skills, students who satisfactorily
complete this course, students will be able to
- compare and contrast
[a] the "arboreal hypothesis" with the "visual
[b] the New World monkeys with the Old World monkeys,
[c] the reproductive differences among the 3 major mammalian
[d] relative dating techniques with "absolute" chronometric
[e] the tool technology of archaic sapiens to that of H. erectus and
early modern H. sapiens,
[f] three basic hypotheses for the origin and dispersal of
anatomically modern humans.
[g] the physical features of Homo erectus and archaic Homo
hominid, primate, anthropoid, hominoid, DNA, mutation, protein,
polymorphism, cline, meiosis, mitosis, biological evolution, natural
selection, gene, chromosome, bipedality, species, genus, racial
category, biological determinism, race, ethnicity, racism,
phylogeny, Miocene, Pliocene, Paleolithic, intraspecies biological
variation, autosome, sex cell, inherited dominant trait, inherited
recessive trait, mosaic evolution, socioecology and adaptation.
[a] the method by which scientists attempt to understand the
[b] a case of natural selection,
[c] how a mutation occurs and what changes when it does occur,
[d] the development of evolutionary thought,
[e] Mendel's principles of segregation and independent assortment of
[f] the agents that are responsible for generating and distributing
[g] the difference between Mendelian (monogenic) and
[h] the reason that different human populations vary,
[i] describe the structure of a generalized cell,
[j] the process of protein synthesis,
[k] the major forms of locomotion found among primates,
[l] the temporal and geographic distribution of Homo erectus,
[m] the physical & cultural characteristics of Homo
[n] the geographic distribution of archaic Homo sapiens,
[o] the confusion about the origin and disappearance of Neanderthal,
[q] Neanderthal shelters, subsistence strategies and burials,
[r] the debate over how to classify early Homo fossil
[a] why genetics is important to the study of evolution,
[b] the role natural selection in the direction of evolution,
[c] how the diet of pre-agricultural humans has
influence on the physiology of modern humans,
[d] Lewontin's multivariate study of 17 polymorphic traits,
[e] the interaction between genetic & environmental factors on
[f] why humans vary in skin color,
[g] how infectious disease plays a role in human evolution, & vice versa,
[h] current culturally mediated factors that may contribute to the
spread of infectious disease,
[i] possible affects of evolution of flowering plants on
[j] aspects of social behavior found among all nonhuman primates,
[k] the "mosaic nature" of human evolution,
[l] the earliest evidence of modern Homo sapiens sapiens,
[m] what is meant by human growth and development,
[n] examples of the interaction of biology and culture in human
growth and development,
[a] what a population is and the evolutionary dynamics that lead to
[b] how taxonomic classification reflects biological
[c] how new genetic technologies have been used to deduce
evolutionary relationships among the hominoids,
[d] how monkeys and apes differ,
[e] why anthropologists study non-human primate behavior,
[f] how humans respond to the thermal environment,
[g] the difficulties of distinguishing the Paleocene primates from other placental mammals of that time,
[h] when and where the earliest undoubted primates appear,
[i] the evolutionary significance of the Miocene hominoids,
[j] the effects of bipedality on hominid body structure,
[k] the three major transitions in the evolution of Homo sapiens
[a] the steps in analyzing a situation scientifically,
[b] the four main fields of anthropology,
[c] the main research areas within physical anthropology, and
[d] the major influences on the thought of Charles
[a] the primate evolutionary trends,
[b] the ways that humans respond to high altitude stress,
[c] the major groupings of the anthropoidea (anthropoids),
[d] the two major subdivisions of Old World monkeys and features
that distinguish them
[e] the major adaptive complexes of mammals,
[f] the important distinguishing characteristics of a hominid,
[g] the technological advances reflected in the erectus tool kit,
[h] the physical characteristics of classic Neanderthals,
[i] the five basic nutrients and a function for each
- This is an online distance learning course.
Students must complete required course work on time
and in the appropriate sequence.
- Students must
to the online classroom at least every other day to check
the course calendar, read announcements and new discussion board postings,
take quizzes, submit written assignments and post discussion board messages.
Students are responsible for keeping up with and adhering to the due dates and other
instructions posted there in the course calendar and announcements areas of the Blackboard
- Students must
maintain a working email address and check it every 48 hours.
Students must respond to email messages within
questions about the course in the Bb
Discussion Board designated
for that purpose rather than via email.
Throughout the semester, please use discussion board conference 01 to
post any questions you have about the course. This way course such questions
- which others may also have - may be answered for all class members to see.
This saves the
instructor having to answer the same question over and over via email.
- Email the
instructor about exceptional, personal issues
that you think should remain private. If routine course related questions
are emailed to the instructor, they will not be answered. To ensure
your questions are answered, post them i in
the appropriate Bb Discussion Board Conference.
- Unless otherwise indicated, grades
for properly submitted written assignments will appear in the
Bb online grade book within 10 days.
- Because we will interact almost
exclusively through writing,
of your writing counts toward your grade. Spelling,
grammar, sentence construction, word choice,
organization and clarity of expression are considered when the
instructor grades your various written assignments. Generally, 60
% of an essay assignment grade is for quality of content and 40% is based on quality of
- Code of
Students taking this
course are bound by the Prince George's Community College Code
of Academic Integrity which may be found at http://www.pgcc.edu/students/academic-integrity/index.html
. It is the responsibility of all students to know and abide by
A student with a
disability must make known his/here disability to Student Services at
Prince George's Community College. Student Services will indicate to
the course instructor what accommodation(s), if any, are necessary
owing to the student's disability.
THE BLACKBOARD ONLINE CLASS ROOM: GENERAL INFORMATION
- The Blackboard
(Bb) web site is http://pgcconline.blackboard.com
When you browse to it, you will find instructions about how to gain entry into the online
course(s) for which you have registered. You will need a user name and
a password (access code) in order to login..
- Once you successfully login to the
Bb online classroom for Ant 101, click the
button to find a manual explaining the various functionalities of
Blackboard. Please consult it when you have questions about how to use
the various Blackboard elements.
- Explore the Ant 101 Bb class room by clicking on the
menu buttons on the left of the
page to read announcements, use
the chat room, view a course calendar, take quizzes, see grades, view & post messages to the discussion board, use email & consult other materials placed there by your instructor.
- Always be sure to LOGOUT of Bb when you
finish your session. The logout icon is found at top right of the Bb
- The SUBMIT button is found throughout
Bb. When ever you have created something in Bb, such as a posting to a
Discussion Board Conference, you will need to scroll down and click on
the SUBMIT button. If you fail to do so, your work has not be
successfully uploaded into Bb.
Here are some preliminary data about Bb elements you'll be using and some
instructions about how you are expected to use them.
Scheduled, required quizzes are taken on-line & must be completed
during the days indicated for it in the course calendar.
of multiple choice
and/or true-false questions which are based on the reading assignments. There are
no make-up quizzes
Quiz grades are cumulatively
added throughout the semester. Once you reach the maximum number of points allowed for quizzes in this course, any
additional quiz points you earn will not count toward your semester grade.
A quiz may be accessed from the menu
button entitled Quizzes.
Feel free to use your books and notes when taking the quiz. However, if you exceed the allotted
time or fail to properly SUBMIT the quiz, a red exclamation mark
(!) will appear instead of a
grade and you may receive no credit for having taken the quiz.
You are expected to read all announcements posted by the instructor. Check
announcements each time you login being sure to read all announcements posted since the
last time you logged in.
Announcements are automatically shown to you on entry to the Bb online classroom. Some are
permanent and always show. Others only show during the day they are posted. To see the
previously posted nonpermanent announcements, select one of the tabs (last seven days,
last month, etc) and use the scroll bar on the right of the screen.
Find the weekly assignments by clicking the Bb
button. Each folder in the assignments area contains a checklist list of activities,
assignment, quiz, pertinent external links, place to submit essay
assignment, and discussion board.
Discussion Boards (a.k.a. Conferences)
Participation in discussions is required & graded. Their
purpose is to stimulate study & discussion of the course material in each
make at least three high quality contributions to each discussion board topic posted by the instructor. One contribution must be a new
thread to the discussion board assignment
and other contributions (at least two) must be replies to the
new threads posted by other students.
To be eligible to earn full credit for participation, a student must make contributions prior to the
closing date for the
forum as indicated
in the Blackboard course calendar.
Points earned for discussion participation are cumulative. Once the full number of points
allotted for discussion board contributions has been reached, any additional points will not be counted toward the semester grade.
discussion board contributions has been reached, any additional points will not be counted toward the semester grade.
(Called LIGHT WEIGHT CHAT in Bb and found by clicking
COMMUNICATION button and then selecting COLLABORATION.)
A few on-line
chats are conducted during the semester as indicated in the course calendar. They serve as online office hours held by the professor.
optional and participation in them earn
no points. Chat times will vary.
|H. ON-CAMPUS RESPONSIBILITIES:
Learning Orientation not required:
I do not require my
online students to
attend a required on-campus orientation. The information in the
course schedule, on the PGCC Distance Learning web site and on my
website at http://academic.pgcc.edu/~ahabermr/
provide sufficient orientation if read carefully.
examinations are usually
taken online. However, if there are technical problems you may
be required to take the exam(s) at the campus testing center.
I. TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS:
- Your grade will be based on your performance on the course
requirements. Points are earned based on the values for each course requirement
- The following table indicates the
various kinds of graded assignments and the
point values of each type of assignment. The semester grade is based on
Entrance Essay (1)
See Module 01 or course calendar for due date.
have 4 chances to write 2 essays. Each has a due date. They may not
be submitted after their due date. Please
note that If you turn in more than 2 essays, only
the highest 2 grades will count toward your final grade.
have 5 chances to write 3 Internet essays. Each has a different due
date They may not be turned in after their due dates. Please
note that if you turn in more than 3 Internet essays, only
the 3 highest grades will count toward your final grade.
Online Discussion Board
You will have at least 09 online discussion board conferences during the
semester and there are no make up assignments for missed
conferences. Conference grades accumulate until reaching 200 points
or all conferences are finished - which ever comes first. Please
note: If you earn more than 200 conference points,
only 200 will count toward the final grade
will have 13 online quizzes during the semester and there are no
make ups for missed quizzes. Quiz grades accumulate
until reaching 160 pts or until all quizzes are over - which ever
comes first. Please note: If
you earn more than 160 quiz points, 160 is the maximum that will
count toward the final grade calculation.
during the final week of the course.
Semester Exam (aka Final Exam Part 01)
May be taken twice - once half way
through the course and once during final exam week. Highest grade counts.
End Semester Exam (aka
Final Exam Part 02)
May be taken twice - once a week before
the end of the course and and once during final exam week. Highest grade counts.
USABLE COURSE POINTS
.J. SEMESTER GRADES
- The Meaning of Letter Grades.
"A" is given only for excellent or very good work.
"B" is awarded for good work.
"C" is fair or satisfactory work.
"D" is given
for poor work.
"F" is unsatisfactory or failing.
Students who show "excellent, good, fair, poor or unsatisfactory"
understanding of the course content demonstrate this by "excellent, good, fair, poor or unsatisfactory" mastery
of reading material & ideas (concepts, topics) through their performances in discussions, quizzes, chats,
essays & exams.
- What is the grade number scale used
in this course?
Usable Points Earned
||599 or less
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Revised 23 August 2005