FNSC5626 Forensic Anthropology II—Advanced Theory and Method

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
The lectures in this unit cover (1) an introduction to forensic anthropology/odontology and human skeletal anatomy; (2) biological profiling I—sex; (3) biological profiling II—age at death; (4) biological profiling III—ethnicity and stature; (5) alternative techniques of quantifying biological form—geometric morphometrics; (6) photography and medical imaging; (7) dental anthropology—morphology, disease and treatment; (8) forensic anthropology/odontology and disaster victim identification (DVI); and (9) bite mark analysis. The practical sessions cover (1) precision of measurement; (2) estimation of sex; (3) estimation of adult age; (4) estimation of ethnicity and stature; (5) applications of geometric morphometrics; (6) photography in a forensic setting; (7) group research projects; and (8) practical applications of bite mark analysis.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of anatomical terminology and its importance in forensic anthropology; (2) apply appropriate bone handling techniques; (3) develop practical experience in the application of appropriate methods for rapid and accurate identification of unknown skeletal remains; (4) identify and apply appropriate statistical methods in forensic anthropology; (5) describe the available alternative methods of quantifying biological form, with specific reference to geometric morphometrics; (6) competent in undertaking photography and measurement of individual skeletal elements; (7) discuss the role of medical imaging towards establishing personal identification; (8) critically evaluate facial approximation and the identification process; (9) explain the role of forensic anthropology and odontology in disaster victim identification; (10) be familiar with current developments in basic forensic sciences and particularly those medical and social sciences which are of direct relevance to the application to forensic anthropology; and (11) work competently as an individual and within groups.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Essay and professional report; (2) research project; and (3) end of topic and final theory/practical exams. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin and Ambika Flavel
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method
Contact hours
lectures: 9 x 3 hours per week; practicals: 9 x 3 hours per week
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