FNSC5612 Forensic Anthropology I—Introductory Theory and Method

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Lectures and practical workshops introduce students to the field of forensic anthropology. Students learn how to correctly handle and store human remains, and how information gathered from skeletal material can be used to determine the age, sex and stature of an individual, while providing evidence of pathology and/or trauma.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the history, development and future direction of forensic anthropology; (2) understand the importance of correct handling and storage of human skeletal remains; (3) demonstrate knowledge of basic skeletal anatomy; (4) differentiate human from animal skeletal remains; (5) undertake biological profiling—age, sex, ethnicity and stature; (6) understand the importance of reference to appropriate population standards; (7) recognise personal identifiers in the human skeleton; and (8) recognise evidence of trauma, pathology, illness and disease.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) Practical work; (2) Research essay; and (3) Written theory and practical examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Daniel Franklin
Unit rules
enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Anthropology 72280
the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Anthropology 72380
the Master of Forensic Anthropology 72580
Contact hours
lectures and labs: 40 hours (2–3 hours per week)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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