ARCH07017 2013 OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY AND HUMAN EVOLUTION

General Details

Full Title
OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY AND HUMAN EVOLUTION
Transcript Title
OSTEOARCHAEOLOGY
Code
ARCH07017
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
ARCH - Archaeology
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Fiona Beglane
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology
Description

This module introduces students to the basic principles of osteoarchaeology and of human evolution.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Explain the basic principles on which osteoarchaeology and the study of human evolution are based.

2.

Demonstrate an understanding of the practical procedures of determining age, sex, stature and pathologies in human remains.   

3.

Analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from data obtained in the laboratory and/or data presented in problem-solving exercises.

4.

Define the principal methods used in osteology and the study of human evolution.

5.

Organise and integrate theoretical and practical concepts presented into an overall view of osteology and human evolution and explain the major applications in interpreting archaeological sites and past societies.

6.

Effectively communicate scientific principles to a peer audience.

7.
Describe case studies of the application of osteology and studies of human evolution in interpreting past societies.

Module Assessment Strategies

50% of the assessment will be based on practical laboratory skills. This will ensure relevance to the world of archaeological consulting and research. The exam is designed to test the ability of the student to retain and to express the information gained during the course, while continuous assessment will provide ongoing opportunities to demonstrate the learning outcomes.

Module Dependencies

Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

Human anatomy

Field methods, health and safety and legal issues

Ethics in human remains

Age, sex and stature of children and adults

Diet and its effect on the skeleton

Disease

Trauma and injury  

Warfare and violence

Theory of evolution

Background to human evolution

Primates, Australopithecines, Homo habilis, Homo Erectus

Post-erectus hominids including Neanderthals

Modern humans

What makes us human?

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
70 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
30 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Lab Practical Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 2,3,5,7
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5,6,7
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,7
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Science Laboratory Lecture - Archaeology Lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Practical - Archaeology lab 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bass, W.  (2005) Human Osteology: A laboratory and field manual.  Missouri, Missouri Archaeological Society

Campbell B. (1998) Human Evolution.  New York, Aldine de Gruyter

Mays, S. (2010). The archaeology of human bones. London, Routledge.

Abrahams P, Marks S, Hutchings (2008) McMinn's Color Atlas of Human Anatomy.  Elsevier, London

Johanson D and Edgar B (2006) From Lucy to Language.  Simon and Schuster, California

Parker Pearson M. (2002) The archaeology of death and burial.  Stroud, Sutton

Stirland, A.  (1999) Human bones in archaeology Haverfordwest, Shire Books

Other Resources

None

Additional Information

Timetable as a 4 hour block in the archaeology lab (theory and practical) to maximise interactive mode of delivery of theory and practical and allow access to replica materials.