Your Guide

Small logo

Equipo TFS Academy, USA

Our team is composed of remarkable specialists, holding Master or PhD, who are experts in different areas of Forensic Science. Nuestro equipo está compuesto por destacados expertos, Master o PhD, los cuales son especialistas destacados en distintas áreas de las Ciencias Forenses.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this Course

*Antes de registrarse, por favor lea los Términos & Condiciones de TFS Academy ubicados bajo la descripción del curso.

Forensic Anthropology Syllabus                                                              

Instrutor: Jennifer Byrnes, Ph.D.                            

Version: Online, English

Term: Six weeks in total; one Class per Week + Self-Study Material

Study Hours: Students should spend an average of 36 hours (classes and assessments) for course completion.


This 36-hours course, provides a review of the subfield of Forensic Anthropology. The class will present the primary tasks of a forensic anthropologist, as well as present standard methods used in the Lab and field. By applying the concepts and methods from physical anthropology, forensic anthropologists are able to assist with in human identification. Some of the topics covered in this class are the determination of age, sex, ancestry, and bone trauma found in human remains.


This course will provide a knowledge base for those employed as Medical Examiner's Investigators (MEI), Forensic Pathologists, Coroner's Investigators, Law Enforcement Professional related and/or individuals who, due to his/her daily labor, can become first responders to the scene of death. This course includes fundamental information needed for these professionals to assess if they require an archeological recovery of a crime scene, as well as if a forensic anthropologist's skillset would be helpful in the instance of the discovery of skeletal remains.


Students will have access each week to one lesson and self-study material related to the class topic. Within the week the lesson is available, the students have to watch the video/s related to the week’s lesson and also answer a 5 questions quiz related to the topics learned during that week. These questions will be graded and will be part of the student final grade.

In the last week of the course, it will be available a final exam consisting of a 15 questions quiz, which will be also part of the student final score. A certificate of approval is issued to students that successfully complete the course with a score equal or over 60%. The certificate of approval is sent by email to each student.

Note: If the participant wishes to receive a hard-copy of the certificate at home after the Instructor has notified the students his/her approval, he/she must to inform the TFS team as soon as possible. The student will have to pay an extra shipping fee of USD$30 for TFS to mail the certificate to the student's address.


This course will provide you with the ability to:

  • Identify the different methods used to obtain the biological profile, including sex, age, ancestry and height.
  • Be able to identify the steps of a rescue in an archaeological scene and identify the most appropriate methods to use.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge about traumatic skeletal injuries and what information a forensic anthropologist can obtain from them.
  • Demonstrate basic anatomical knowledge of the human skeleton and how to distinguish a human bone from a non-human bone.




 Evaluations Due

Evaluation Percentage

Lesson 1: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology and the Human Skeleton; Medicolegal Significance, Skeletal Examination and Documentation Methods

Sep. 10 - Sep. 16

Sep. 16         (1st evaluat.)


Lesson 2:  Forensic Archeology; Skeletal Processing & Preparation; Sex Determination

Sep. 17 -Sep. 23

 Sep. 23       (2nd evaluat.)


Lección 3: Age Estimation

Sep. 24 -Sep. 30

 Sep. 30       (3rd evaluat.)


Lección 4: Ancestry Estimation, Variation and Stature

Oct. 1 - Oct. 7

 Oct. 7           (4th evaluat)


Lección 5: Individual Skeletal Variation; Pathology; Skeletal Trauma 

Oct. 8 - Oct. 14

 Oct. 14           (5th evaluat.)


Lección 6: Course Summary and Final Exam Preparation

Oct. 15 - Oct. 21

Oct. 21     (Final Exam)


Oct. 31

Final Score



  • Material de estudio individual será entregado semanalmente por el instructor junto con la clase.
  • El instructor utilizó material de los/las siguientes libros/fuentes para confeccionar las lecciones y evaluaciones:
  • Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice. Christensen, A, Passalacqua, NV, Bartelink, B. 2014. Academic Press.
  • Human Osteology. White, T.D., Black, M.T., and P.A. Folkens. 2012. 3rd edition. Academic Press.

TFS Academy Training Services


Thanks for using our products and services (“Services”). The Services are provided by True Forensic Science, LLC (“TFS”), a Hawaii limited liability company, whose business address is P.O. Box 88848, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, USA. By using our Services, you (“The User) are agreeing to these terms & conditions. Please read them carefully.

Return Policy 

In the exceptional case of and for reasons that go beyond True Forensic Science’s control, it is necessary to suspend a programed Service, all the users who have paid the registration fee of it (with or without discount coupon) will be refund for the same amount they paid. Users who are making payment in monthly installments, will be refund for the amount accumulated up to the moment of the course cancellation notice and the remaining pending installments will be canceled.   

In the event that the user requests the cancellation of his/her participation before the Service begins, TFS Academy reserves the right to refund the payment made and it will be analyzed case by case. There will be no refunds after the course has begun.  

Using Our Services 

Our Services are targeted to specific audiences, so sometimes additional terms or product requirements (including age requirements) may apply. Whenever additional terms apply, those additional terms become part of your agreement with us if you use those Services.

You must follow any policies made available to you within the Services.

You may use our Services only as permitted by law. We may suspend or stop providing our Services to you if you do not comply with our terms or policies or if we are investigating suspected misconduct.

Using our Services does not give you ownership of, or rights to any intellectual property in our Services or the content you access. You may not use content from our Services for purposes other than satisfying your own training goals. These terms do not grant you the right to use any branding or logos used in our Services without prior written consent from the TFS. Do not remove, obscure, or alter any legal notices displayed in or along with our Services.

 In connection with your use of the Services, we may send you service announcements, administrative messages, and other information.

TFS will send a certificate of approval/participation by email, after finished the Service and verified the full payment of the registration fee, to the users duly registered in our virtual platform and that have fulfil all the exigencies of it. TFS will send the certificate using the email address provided by the user, therefore, the USER is responsible for the veracity of that information given at the registration and/or throughout the Service. In the case of the user chooses the payment option of monthly installments, TFS will send the certificate once the payment of the last installment has been verified in our internal system. If the participant wishes to receive a hard-copy of the certificate at home after the Instructor has notified the students his/her approval, he/she must to inform the TFS team as soon as possible. The student will have to pay an extra shipping fee of USD$30 for TFS to mail the certificate to the student's address.

Your TFS Academy Account 

You may need a TFS Academy Online Training Account in order to use some of our Services. TFS will provide user credentials and monitor use and access.

Privacy and Copyright Protection 

We do not share personal information with companies, organizations, and/or individuals outside of TFS unless we have a good-faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

            · Meet any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request;

            · Enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations; 

            · Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; and 

            · Protect against harm to rights, property or safety of TFS, our users, or the public as required or 
permitted by law. 

TFS reserves the right to eliminate accounts of recidivist infringers to the copyright and intellectual property law.

Warranties and Disclaimers 

We provide our Services using a commercially reasonable level of skill and care but there are certain things we don’t promise about our Services.

 Other than as set out in these terms or additional terms, neither TFS nor its suppliers make specific promises about the services. We do not make any commitments about the content’s ability to meet your needs. We provide the services “as is.”

To the extent permitted by law, TFS excludes all implied warranties that allows the adequacy of the content for particular purposes.

Liability for Services 

TFS will not be responsible for lost profits, revenues, data, financial losses, or punitive damages.

To the extent permitted by law, the total liability of TFS for any claim under these terms, including for any implied warranties, is limited to the amount you paid us to use the services (or, if we choose, to supplying you the services again).

In all cases, TFS will not be liable for any loss or damage that is not reasonably foreseeable.

Business Uses of Our Services 

If you are using our Services on behalf of a business, that business accepts these terms. It will hold harmless and indemnify TFS, its officers, agents, and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to the use of the Services or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs, and/or attorney’s fees.

About These Terms 

We may modify these terms or any additional terms that apply to a Service, for example, to reflect changes to the law or changes to our Services. Changes will not apply retroactively and will become effective when posted.

These terms control the relationship between the TFS and you, the user. They do not create any third-party beneficiary rights. If you do not comply with these terms, and we don’t take action right away, this does not mean that we are giving up any rights that we may have (such as taking action in the future).

If it turns out that a particular term is not enforceable, this will not affect any other terms.

The laws of the State of Hawaii, U.S.A. will apply to any disputes arising out of or relating to these terms or the Services.

 *By registering for our Services, TFS will understand and assume that you accept these terms & conditions.