Intro. to Physical Anthropology & Archaeology
Taught over the World Wide Web -- So, print this out and tape it on the refrigerator!!!
STARTS: 17 September and ENDS and grade submitted: 15 December
DO NOT PANIC!!!!- No on-campus orientation and no on-campus tests
Dr. Michael Fuller - Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Office Phone: (314) 984-7691 (Secretary's number)
Office Hours - email me for an appointment in the library or at Starbucks
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Students in this courses absolutely must use their new my.stlcc.edu email account. Failure to do so will result in students not receiving important information about the course and official communication about add/drop dates, financial aid information etc. from the college. Go to this website for further instructions: http://www.stlcc.edu/Studentemail/
Purpose of the Course: Anthropology studies who and what we are as human beings and how we came to be that way. The course examines biological and physical differences in living and prehistoric populations, and surveys archaeological study of both Old World and Pre-Columbian American cultures.
Purpose of this class:
To think, reason, analyze, decide, discern and evaluate. These are the goals a liberal arts education.
1. The course is designed to acquaint the student with the disciplines of Physical Anthropology and Archaeology. The student will look at the evolution of the genera of Homo from its earliest beginnings to its condition.
2. It is anticipated that each student will acquire a working knowledge of evolutionary processes affecting past and present human conditions.
3. Learn the uses of Potassium Argon and Radiocarbon Dating techniques to date archaeological and fossil materials as well as salient human osteological changes in primate skeletal structure through time.
4. Each student will be exposed to human and non-human primate fossil evolutionary systems to discern Homo sapien evolution as the final goal of the coarse.
5. Understand some of the issues of ethics in relation to both Archaeology and Physical Anthropology.
Equipment and Technology Issues:
Specific hardware and software requirements are a functional PC or Mac that can support the Chrome browser. The computer can be at home, work, or in the college library.
MEGA IMPORTANT... When submitting a homework assignment or taking a quiz, then the easy way to FAIL is by having multiple applications running at one time. Students from last semester have demonstrated that you can flunk an assignment by having Windows media player, facebook, myspace and black board at the same time. Blackboard will crash when multiple applications are running.
If there is a system problem (i.e. the college server is taken down for service when an assignment is due or there is an electrical storm that takes St. Louis off of the power grid) the due dates for assignments will be extended to reflect the issue.
Minimum Technical Skills Required:
You are expected to be able to navigate the Black Board Environment. You must be able to use the web sites that are listed in the class, especially the eHRAF. It will be helpful if you have access to a word processing program so that you can write your discussion board answers before you submit them through Blackboard.
Email TurnAround Time:
Expect a response from me to your emails in in 48 hours. This does not include Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.
You must have the same email address for the entire semester.
- Attendance Policy and Time Requirements:
This is an interactive course. Several of the assignments will depend on dialog and discussion to achieve the learning outcomes. You are expected to log in and contribute a minimum of once a week (though many students log in more often). College administrators often remove students from web classes for not participating (submitting assignments). If you are dropped by the college for not participating in the class, then you have only yourself to blame.
- Makeup policy: There are no makeups for discussion boards or for a missed Quiz.
"Required" Purchases? Zero...Nothing to buy in the bookstore!
Here are the on-line readings...that you will find in Blackboard
Barash, David P. and Anthony Di Fiore
2004 Sociobiology in McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
1999 Australopithecine in Companion Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Taylor & Francis Routledge, London, New York.
2006 Lucky Strikes. Scientific American Special Edition 16(2).
Benefit, Brenda R. and Monte L. McCrossin
1995 Miocene Hominoids and Hominid Origins. Annual Review of Anthropology 24(1):237-256.
2002 Structuralism. In Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Routledge.
Chaney, Richard P.
1996 Anthropology. In Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia. London: Routledge.
2009 Mesopotamia. Oxford Art On-line.
2009 Ancient Anatolia. Oxford Art On-Line.
2009 Syria-Palestine. Oxford Art On-Line.
2002 Archaeology. In Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Routledge.
Drennan, Robert D. et al.
2009 Maya Civilization. in Oxford Art On-line.
2000 Archaeology: the Basics. Routledge, Longdon.
Hamblin, Jacob Darwin (Editor)
2005 Anthropology in Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA.
2005 Chromosones in Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA.
2005 DNA in Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA.
2005 Genetics in Science in the Early Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA.
2004 Primates in McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
1997 Paleolithic in Europe in Concise Atlas of World History, Andromeda. London: Andromeda.
Hernandez, Armando Anaya
2001 Computer Applications in Archaeology in Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Hill, Raymond P.
2009 Ancient Footprints, Modern Stride. Today's Science. April
Jones, David M.
2009 Prehistoric Europe: Paleolithic. Grove Art Online
2005 Genes on the Go: Charting the History of Human Migration. Today's Science On File. June
2014 The Invisible History of the Human Race. Viking Press, New York.
Kilbey, Brian J.
2004 Mutation in McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
2001 Africa, East Prehistory. In Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
2001 Dating. In Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
2014 Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. St. Martin's Press, New York.
Polly, Paul David
1999 Selection in Encyclopedia of Paleontology. London: Routledge.
2005 Race and Medicine in Technology Review 108(4):60-65.
Schwartz, Douglas W.
2008 An Evolving Genius: The Extraordinary Early Life of Charles Darwin. AnthroNotes Fall.
2002 Animals through the Looking Glass: Language and Self-Consciousness in Animals and Science: A Guide to the Debates. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
2008 Surveying a Sacred Landscape. Archaeology.61(1):59-63.
Strudwick, Helen M. et al.
2009 Ancient Egypt. Oxford Art On-line.
2001 Archaeometry in Encyclopedia of Archaeology: History and Discoveries. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Swedin, Eric G.
2005 Human Genome Project in Science in the Contemporary World: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Strickland, S. S.
2002 Biological anthropology In Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. London: Routledge.
Tattersall, Ian and Eric Delson
1999 Primates in Encyclopedia of Paleontology. London: Routledge.
2009 Is Primate Fossil the "Missing Link? Today's Science. June
Specific hardware and software requirements are a functional PC or Mac. You must the Chrome web browers to access the class. The computer can be at home, work or in the college library. The class includes approximately a dozen streaming videos that may not work on any browser other than Chrome.
Be aware that you must use the college provided student email account. It is the only way that I send you an email to you.
VERY IMPORTANT...Sign your name to every email that you send me. Even if sending it through blackboard! Always fill-in the subject heading of your email or the college spam filter will eat it.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT....All discussion board submissions must be before the specific deadlines. Dicussion board comments must be intelligent and relevant.
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT....BE PREPARED before you take the 3 graded quizzes. Once you start a quiz, then you are taking it and can not back out or start again. BE SURE to click SUBMIT after you have taking a quiz or it will be voided by the computer system.
Calendar of Learning:
June 6th - 10 PM
|Complete "Can I Pass This Class" Quiz to prove you did the START HERE assignment. A timed (10 minute) Quiz. You get two chances!|
DO Discussion Board 1 and Quiz 1 by June 7
|DO Discussion Board 2 and Quiz 2 by June 10|
|DO Discussion Board 3 and Quiz 3 by June 14|
DO Discussion Board 4 and Quiz 4 by June 17
You are 1/3 of the way done with this summer class!
|DO Discussion Board 5 and Quiz 5 by June 21|
|DO Discussion Board 6 and Quiz 6 by June 24|
|DO Discussion Board 7 and Quiz 7 by June 18|
|DO Discussion Board 8 and Quiz 8 by July 1|
|Two day vacation granted by college! Enjoy|
Take Quiz 2
You have now complex 2/3 of this class
DO Discussion Board 9 and Quiz 9 by July 8 -- Drop Date is ----. Do not drop the class UNLESS you are earning a grade below "D"
DO Discussion Board 10 and Quiz 10 by July 12
|DO Discussion Board 11 and Quiz 11 by July 15|
Professor Fuller has submitted your grades! Class is finished! Hurray!
The class has a total of 230 points possible.
- 110 points from 11 Quizzes
- 110 points from 11 Discussion Board assignments
- 10 points from "Can I pass this Class" exam
Yes, I will adjust the grades related to the highest achieved score. Yes, some semesters have seen perfect scores which would result in a grade scale like this:
207 to 230 points equals "A"
181 to 206 points equals "B"
159 to 182 points equals "C"
135 to 158 points equals "D"
below 134 points is Failing..
1. You will take "Can I Pass This Class" before the end of the first week of class or you "may" be automatically dropped.
2. You will take eleven quizzes. Each quiz is composed of 10 multiple choice questions. You will have precisely 10 minutes to take a quiz in the Blackboard computer system. Questions come one at a time, randomized, and no back tracking to revisit a question. You get two chances to take each quiz.
Yes, each quiz is open notes. Not fair to have your mother take the quiz (mainly because she won't know the answers!!!).
Please submit your Discussion Boards and quiz before the deadline so if you have trouble with a submission, then I "may" be able to reset the assignment. If you wait until the last minute (and have a problem), then don't expect sympathy from me. I do take a bi-weekly attendance requirement for this web class as required by the college. College can be very strict and drop students who stop participating in web classes. College policy. I simply report attendance.
Beware, if you go surfing for the answers to complete a Quiz, then that often crashes Blackboard and voids your test. That is very, very bad. I may decide not to reopen the quiz if this becomes a standard practice.
3. There are 11 Discussion Board assignments related to the on-line readings, and internet. Full credit for every Discussion Board will require you to make a main post and serious response to two student posts. One sentence response posts are worth zero points.
4. No orientation. No sit-down Mid-term. No sit-down Final Examination. By the way, every square inch of St. Louis Community College is non-smoking, BUT you can smoke at home while doing this class (just don't smoke in bed, OK?).
5. The ACCESS OFFICE - disAbility Support Services has been designated by the college as the primary office to guide, counsel and assist students with disabilities. If you receive services through the ACCESS OFFICE and require accommodations for this class, make an appointment to see me as soon as possible to discuss you approved accommodation needs. Email me if you have an Instructor Notification Memo provided by the ACCESS OFFICE to the appointment. I will hold any information you share with me in strictest confidence unless you give me permission to do otherwise.
6. Email me if your are having problems with the course. ALWAYS, always put ANT 101 in the subject heading. ALWAYS tell me your whole name! Don't assume that if you send an email through blackboard that it shares you name with me!!! It does not!
7. I DO NOT give Incomplete grades at the end of the semester. Keep track of your grades and ask me before doing anything rash about dropping the class.
8. HOSE ME DOWN AND I WILL FAIL YOU. Translation: you will be given a failing grade if you cheat on a discussion board, cheat on a quiz, or hack into any of the computer system. The same goes for smoking on campus. Here are rules for on-line ettiquette:
A. Avoid language that may come across as strong or offensive. Language can be easily misinterpreted in written communication. If a point must be stressed, review the statement to make sure that an outsider reading it would not be offended, then post the statement. Humor and sarcasm may easily be misinterpreted as well, so try to be as matter-of-fact and professional as possible.
B. Keep writing to a point and stay on topic. Online courses require alot of reading. When writing, keep sentences poignant and brief so that readers do not get lost in wordy paragraphs and miss the point of the statement. Also, do not introduce new topics; it may just confuse the readers.
C. Read first, write later. It is important to read all posts or comments of students and instructors within the course discussion before personally commenting to prevent repeating commentary or asking questions that have already been answered.
D. Review, review, then send. There’s no taking back a comment that has already been sent, so it is important to double-check all writing to make sure that it clearly conveys the exact intended message.
E. An online classroom is still a classroom. Though the courses may be online, appropriate classroom behavior is still mandatory. Respect for fellow classmates and the instructors is as important as ever.
F. The language of the Internet. Though still a fairly young type of communication, certain aspects of this form of communication are becoming conventional. For example, do not write using all capital letters, because it will appear as shouting. Also, the use of emoticons can be helpful when used to convey nonverbal feelings (example: :-) or :-( ), but avoid overusing them.
G. No inappropriate material. Do not forward virus warnings, chain letters, jokes, etc. to classmates or instructors. The sharing of pornographic material is forbidden.
9. I "MAY" post some extra credit opportunities during the semester. Generally, these will require you to attend a public lecture and email me a 200+ word summary of what you learned. Many times - I will also be at the lecture, so come over and say hello. NO MORE than 2 extra credits (each worth 10 points) during the semester.But in this class you can talk loudly and make funny noises. It is OK to spill food and drink on your keyboard. You can even wear inappropriate clothing when taking this class!!! Yup, I can't see you. What happens if you computer is old, slow or dead? Use a college computer in the college library! You need to wear appropriate clothing in the library, by the way.