Anthropology | RESEARCH METHODS SEMINAR: ANTHROPOMETRY
B523 | 0489 | Jamison
Off. Hours: Wednesday AM
Office: Student Building 255 Phone: 855-1495
Lohman TG, Roche AF and Martorell R 1988 Anthropometric
Standardization Reference Manual. Human Kinetics Books, Champ., IL.
RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS COURSE
Each student will be responsible for 2 oral presentations, 2 written
assignments, an annotated bibliography, and 1 written paper. Class
attendance will be a very important responsibility of each class member
because there will be discussions of readings and topics, measurement
practice sessions and data collection sessions during the semester.
Given the nature of the volunteer subject population, for instance, it
will be impossible to make up a data collection session if you are
The first oral presentation will be an approximate 30 minute talk on
a topic chosen from the list provided. One week prior to this talk,
each student will designate 1-2 readings appropriate for the topic. The
class will use these (plus chapters in the text) as a basis for
discussion of your talk. At the time the talk is given an annotated
bibliography on the topic will be handed out to each member of the
class. I will duplicate these for you if I get them before 4:00pm on
the day of the talk. No written form of this presentation will be
Beginning in the ninth week of the semester, a group of 7-8
volunteer subjects will be present at each class meeting. Each B523
student will conduct a research project of his/her own choosing on these
subjects. Approximately 35-40 volunteers will be available, both males
and females, ranging in age from 18 to ??. I hope that we can all be
involved in recruiting these subjects. I will be recruiting in
Anthropology classes and I would like you to try to interest your
friends and students in volunteering as subjects. Formulation of
testable hypotheses, collection of data appropriate to the hypotheses
and testing of the hypotheses will be stressed in the development and
execution of these projects.
HSR Form and Research Proposal
One written assignment will be the completion of a Human Subjects
Research Form and a NSF Research Proposal for your research project.
Both of these forms will be due in the 6th week. I will read them and
suggest modifications if appropriate.
Project Report - Oral
The second oral presentation to the class will consist of a research
report on your project in the style of a professional meetings paper.
You will be expected to give a 20 minute presentation that will present
an introductory framework for your research, outline your hypotheses,
indicate how you tested them, give your results, and interpret the
results. Slides, overheads or handouts of tables and/or figures will
enhance your ability to present your data to your listening peers. The
latter will be expected to ask intelligent questions concerning your
Project Report - Written
The research project that you complete will also be written up in the
style of a manuscript that could be submitted to a journal. If you are
uncertain of the style, use the AJPA Guide to Authors. This report will
be due one week after the last class. I encourage you to not hand your
written report in when you deliver the oral presentation in case you
receive constructive criticism that would improve the written version.
Your performance in this seminar will be judged based upon your
contribution to the class discussions, participation in the measurement
practice and data collection sessions, and completion of the written and
oral items mentioned above. In order, the latter are:
1. A 30 minute talk on one of the assigned topics and an annotated
bibliography on your topic.
2. Completing and handing in a Human Subjects Form and a Research
3. A 20 minute oral presentation of your research project and its
results in the form of a professional meetings paper.
4. A written paper reporting the results of your research project in
the style of a manuscript to be submitted to a journal.
EXAMPLES OF PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS
Influence of smoking on anthropometric variation
Ethnic group(s) in ancestry and anthropometric variation
Sexual dimorphism in facial measurements
Asymmetry of the feet and hands
Maturation and body proportions or body fat
Self-reported versus measured anthropometric data
Blood pressure and body size variation
Total body fat and stress
Hand-eye coordination and handedness