Anthropology | Human Growth & Development
B480 | 0488 | Jamison
This course has several objectives. First, it is designed to
provide an overview of the topic of human physical growth and development
from the perspective of Bioanthropology. Thus the treatment,
presentation, and interpretation of growth data; laboratory sessions on
research methodology; and both individual and population studies will be
emphasized. Second, it will provide a focus within which to examine the
general topic of genetic and environmental interactions in human biology.
Third, several topical issues will be discussed that have relevance to
anthropology in general and the fields of medicine, human physiology,
biology, etc. While physical growth will be stressed, cultural and
psychological implications will also be of interest.
Malina, RM and C Bouchard 1991 Growth, Maturation and Physical
Activity. Human Kinetics Books, Champaign, Illinois.
This class enrolls both undergraduate and graduate students.
Grading schedules will be kept separately for these two groups. Where
objective criteria can be applied to your performance, the grading scale
will be no more stringent than 90-80-70-60. This means that for these
aspects of the
course, in theory, everyone could get an A.
If you are an undergraduate student, your performance will be
evaluated based upon three examinations (75% of total points) and
laboratory exercises, class assignments, and class discussions (25% of
total points). The exams will combine multiple-choice questions,
fill-in-the-blank or short answer questions, and an essay question. Each
exam will be worth 100 points and they will generally focus on material
from each third of the course. However, there will be some carry-over of
knowledge that will be required from exam to exam. If you are forced to
miss either the first or second exam due to an excused absence, you will
be able to write an 8-10 page paper as a make-up. This option will also be
available if you want to try to improve your performance on the first or
second exam. Please talk to me about your topic before you begin writing
your papers. The topics have to have some relationship to growth and
development and they must primarily concern humans or non-human primates.
Each laboratory session will involve one or more exercises that will
be handed in for evaluation. Class assignments will include your journal
report and description of a nutritional status assessment technique.
Contributions to class discussions will include the two listed
discussions/debates as well as daily classes. Together the lab exercises,
assignments, and contributions to class will comprise 25% of your
To reiterate, if you are an undergraduate, your grade will be based
upon three exams and a combination of lab exercises, reports and
discussions. No paper is required unless you miss the first or second
exam or choose to try to improve your grade on the one of these exams.
Graduate student performance will also be based upon three
examinations (60% of total points). Graduate students will have the same
class assignments and laboratory exercises as the undergraduates (20%).
In addition, graduate students will write a 10-15 page paper on a topic of
their choice (20% of total). I would expect that these papers would
reflect something of your research interests, but again, please clear the
topic with me before you begin working on it.
I encourage each of you, undergraduate and graduate, to participate
in the course through asking and answering questions and contributing to
discussions. This interaction is not only stimulating but also allows
me to understand what is clear and what requires more attention. Aside
from the class assignments and scheduled discussion/debates, there is no
specific credit offered for participation in class, but I will surely be
able to use it to your benefit if you are in a borderline grade situation.