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Your course grade will be based on: 1) two exams 100 points each 2) a non-cumulative final exam 100 points 3) 14 laboratory exercises, (labs are 10 points each, 110 points total after dropping lowest three). We will drop the lowest three lab grades of the 14 labs. 4) 40 pts for labs and quizzes. 5) 450 total pts. Materials for exams will be drawn from you assigned readings, lectures, discussions, laboratory exercises, and videos. Attendance is expected in the lecture classes and may be recorded. Missing more than six lectures may result in a failing grade, despite points earned in the class through homeworks, labs and exams, so DON’T MISS CLASS. Attendance is mandatory in the laboratory sections and will be recorded. Classes will be lecture format, but in-class questions and discussions are encouraged. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or challenge any point raised in class. This class is an open forum to discuss anything that bears even remotely on human evolution. Notes on Learning and Exam Preparation: There is more information in the text by Relethford, than any other source, so this should be your primary out of class resource. Dr. Relethford teaches at SUNY College at Oneonta, is an adjunct professor in our own department, and is a highly respected scientist in the field of biological anthropology. His special areas of expertise are population genetics and demography, although he has contributed to theory in paleoanthropology as well. Lectures will amplify, interpret, and clarify this information base, as well as enlarging the scope of the text and updating information. If you fall behind in your reading, the lectures will have less significance and may be confusing. Lectures are based on the assumption that the reading assignments have been read before the lecture, so please read all assignments before class meetings. Most of the important terms you should know are in the Glossary
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and Appendices. There are also internet resources listed at the end of each chapter in the text by Relethford which may help you with absorbing and understanding concepts covered in this course. There will be .pdf articles assigned to be downloaded from the documents section of blackboard, or http links to papers online. There will ALWAYS be questions assigned from each reading on the midterm and final exams, even if we do not discuss them in class or lab. The Lab Manual and Workbook for Physical Anthropology by Diane France is designed for you to be actively engaged in learning the introductory materials of biological anthropology. There will be 14 exercises completed throughout the semester. You will be responsible for completing and turning in 14 of these exercises. The due dates are firm, so if you miss a due date, then you have used up one of your 2 exercises. If you turn in all 14 exercises, your lowest 3 will be dropped. There is a lot of information in the lab manual, so read it carefully.
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  • Winter '16
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