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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.
SCHEDULE, TOPICS AND GRADING:
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)
STUDY MATERIAL & BOOKS:
- 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.
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