Anthropology | RESEARCH METHODS SEM:ANTHROPOMETRY
B523 | 0415 | Jamison
Above Section P - At Least Senior Standing
Lohman TG, Roche AF and Martorell R 1988 Anthropometric
Standardization Reference Manual. Human Kinetics Books, Champaign,IL.
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 absent.
Seminar Presentation: 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 required.
Anthropometry Project: 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
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 on October 8.
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 findings.
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 on December 17. 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