Physical Anthropology & Archaeology
- Late Start Fall 2017
Taught over the World Wide Web -- So, print this out and tape it on the refrigerator!!!
ANT 101 web begins on September 11th
ANT 101 web class ends December 17th
Nothing can be submitted after 10 PM on December 17th.
No on-campus orientation, and no on-campus tests...
Dr. Michael Fuller - Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
Office - BA115 at Meramec
Office Phone - 314-984-7691 (Secretary's phone)
Office Hours - I am glad to meet on campus on a Friday afternoon if you email for an appointment. This depends on my fieldwork schedule. Web classes assume ALL communication will be by email!
You will take tests in this class using the Blackboard system
Email address: mFuller@stlcc.edu
St. Louis Community College Blackboard Help Desk for Blackboard related issues---- * Toll Free: 1-866-822-8748
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 FIREFOX BROWSER. The computer can be at home, work, or in the college library. The class includes approximately a dozen streaming videos that only work with Firefox browser.
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, specifically 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.
"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.
Hernández, 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 Sacraed 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 and FIREFOX web brower to access the class. Why? Simply, other browsers give false results on the assignments! The computer can be at home, work or in the college library. The class includes approximately a dozen streaming videos.
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:
Sept 14 - 10 PM
|Complete "Can I Pass This Class" Quiz to prove you did the START HERE assignment by 10
PM on September 14th
DO Discussion Board 1 by September 17th
|DO Discussion Board 2 by September 24|
|DO Discussion Board 3 by October 1st|
DO Discussion Board 4 by October 8th
Be sure and check the Blackboard website for the quiz 1 study guide.
Take Quiz No. 1 (40 questions).
QUIZ 1 MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 10PM WHEN IT DISAPPEARS FOREVER!!!
Please submit your quiz BEFORE the deadline so if you have trouble with a submission you can do it again. Do not expect sympathy from me if you wait until the last moment and have a problem
|DO Discussion Board 5 by October 22nd|
|DO Discussion Board 6 by October 29th|
DO Discussion Board 7 by November 5th
- The last date to withdraw from this class is November 10th. Do not drop if you have a passing grade. Do drop if you did not take Quiz 1 or have skipped half of the discussion board assignments!
|DO Discussion Board 8 by November 12th|
|Be sure and check the Blackboard website for the quiz 2 study guide.|
Take Quiz 2 (40 questions)
Quiz 2 MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 10PM WHEN IT WILL DISAPPEAR FOREVER!!!
Please submit Quiz 2 BEFORE the deadline so if you have trouble with a submission you can do it again. Do not expect sympathy from me if you wait until the last moment and have a problem
DO Discussion Board 9 by November 26th
DO Discussion Board 10 by December 3rd
|DO Discussion Board 11 by December 10th|
Be sure and check the Blackboard website for the quiz 3 study guide.
Take Quiz No. 3 (30 questions)
Quiz 3 must be turned in by 10 PM. Grades are submitted immediately after 10 PM.
Please submit Quiz 3 BEFORE the deadline so if you have trouble with a submission you can do it again. Do not expect sympathy from me if you wait until the last moment and have a problem
The class has a total of 230 points possible.
- 110 points from Quiz 1 (40 pts) + Quiz 2 (40 pts) + Quiz 3 (30 pts)
- 110 points from 11 Discussion Board assignments
- 10 points from "Can I pass this Class" exam
1. You will take "Can I Pass This Class" during the first days or the first week of class OR ELSE the college will count you as non-attending and there is a good chance that you "will" be automatically dropped.
2. You will take Quiz 1, Quiz 2 and Quiz 3 during the semester.
You will have precisely 80 minutes to take a quiz in the Blackboard computer system.
YOU DO NOT GET TO OPEN AND RESUME IT AT A LATER TIME. You must click SUBMIT and not save. Questions come one at a time, randomized, and no back tracking to revisit a question.
Yes, each quiz is open notes. Not fair to have your mother take the quiz (mainly because she won't know the answers!!!). There are big clues given to the questions in the study guide. Your choice to look at the clues or just cold turkey the quiz.
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.
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 , but not if it happens more than once.
3. There are 11 Discussion Boards 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 get no credit.
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, then Email your Instructor Notification Memo provided by the ACCESS OFFICE. 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.
10. 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.
In this class you can talk loudly and make funny noises. Be careful NOT TO spill food and drink on your keyboard. You can even wear inappropriate clothing when taking this class!!! I can't see you. What happens if your 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.