UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit is concerned with the nature, development and causes of human variation from an evolutionary perspective, developing many of the integrative themes of Level 2 human biology. It encompasses human structure and development, population biology, ecology, cellular biology and genetics. Topics covered include the population biology of human disease; secular trends and the impact of modernisation; population variation and sex differences, social organisation and other life history traits as mediating factors between environment and individual. A series of laboratory/tutorial sessions focuses on the study of genetic and phenotypic variations and the use of these techniques in the study of human population biology.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand and define clearly, questions about human evolutionary and behavioural biology and ecology, particularly in relation to the processes by which humans adapt to their natural and sociocultural environments; (2) become familiar with the basic techniques and tools of biological anthropology; (3) refine skills in independent library research, analytical and synthetic thinking and clear, critical scientific writing; (4) become familiar with the use of electronic media for communication; (5) develop skill and confidence in the public exposition of scientific work; and (6) critically assess current scientific publications.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a final theory examination; (2) a major 2500-word essay; (3) tutorial question sets; and (4) a tutorial group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Silvana Gaudieri and Dr Stuart Hodgetts
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: at least 12 points of Level 2 or 3 biological, behavioural or social science units
Incompatibility: ANHB3311 Biological Anthropology
Contact hours lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week; labs/tutorials: 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANHB3321/SEM-1/2017

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