Anthropology | HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
B480 | 0403 | 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.
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 two or three examinations and laboratory exercises, class
assignments, and class discussions. 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 half or 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 10-12 page
paper as a make-up. This option will only be available one time 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 paper.
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 daily classes and more
formal topical discussions. Together the lab exercises, assignments, and
contributions to class will comprise about 25% of your performance.
Graduate student performance will also be based upon two or three
examinations. Graduate students will have the same class assignments and
laboratory exercises as the undergraduates. In addition, graduate
students will write a 12-15 page paper on a topic of their choice. 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.