Anthropology | Human Growth and Development
B480 | 0383 | 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.