ANTH 2280 - Forensic Anthropology
Credit Hours: 4.00
Prerequisites: ANTH 1000 or ANTH 1100 or ANTH 1200 or BIOL 2710
(formerly ANTH 2914)
This course is an introduction to the field of Forensic Anthropology. Using a lecture and laboratory format, the course will instruct the student in the correct examination of the human skeleton and its biological features. Such aspects will include osteology, building a biological profile, and the use of complementary disciplines in the identification of remains.
Billable Contact Hours: 4
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the field of forensic anthropology and its applications in human skeletal analysis.
- Identify correlating fields of study in forensics.
- Acquire interpretative techniques in dealing with human remains.
- Perform the recovery, preparation, and analysis of human skeletal remains.
Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use scientific language to describe skeletal osteology, bone biology, anatomy, and physiology of the human body.
- Identify of all 206 bones of the human skeleton.
- Identify age, sex, ancestry, and stature of human remains.
- Identify of visible trauma on human remains.
- Analyze manner of death.
- Understand evidences of disease pathologies.
- Recognize the process of positive identification, facial reconstruction, and the role of the expert witness.
Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to integrate the scientific knowledge and methodologies of forensic anthropology with regards to the medico-legal field.
- Properly report and present human remains case information.
- Examine the techniques and ethical sensitivities in the handling of human remains.
Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use analytical skills to create case reports for medico-legal investigations.
- Identify the types of information required for closure of medico-legal investigations.
- Complete a skeletal report.
- Describe the goals and use of forensic anthropological information.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
Week 1 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Week 2 - Techniques used in Forensic Anthropology
Week 3 - Mapping a Crime Scene; Skeletal Development and Growth.
Week 4 - Preparation of Human Remains.
Week 5 - The Cranium.
Week 6 - The Axial Skeleton
Week 7 - The Appendicular Skeleton
Week 8 - Case Studies
Week 9 - Midterm
Week 10 - Dentition. MNI and Relevance
Week 11 - Sexing Skeletal Material
Week 12 - Assessing Age for Skeletal Material
Week 13 - Assessing Ancestry and Stature.
Week 14 - Assessing Trauma and Providing Identification of Remains
Week 15 - The Expert Witness and Course Wrap-Up
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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