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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Anthropology

Introduction to Physical Anthropology ANTH-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 1
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/28/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Brad Codr

Office Hours:    T/TH 2:30-4:00, W 10:30-12:30.  I am also available by appointment, simply contact me via email or phone.

Meeting Times


  • Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM, Siebert 209


This course offers instruction in how the human species has developed over the past five million years. Information includes the African fossil finds, possible ancestors of the first humans, how human populations may differ from each other biologically, and the development of human abilities to live in all of earth's environments. This class satisfies a social science course requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week



Biological Anthropology: Concepts and Connections

  • Author: Fuentes, Agustin
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
  • Edition: 2nd edition
  • ISBN: 978-0-07-811700-8


Please note that a digital version of this textbook is available on Kindle and the website Coursesmart. 


By the end of the course the student should be able to:

1. Show an understanding of the four-field approach of anthropology, each field’s relation to each other and to a basic understanding of the biological and behavioral nature of humans.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the “holistic perspective” and its importance to objective analysis.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology, concepts, principles, perspectives, theories, and methodologies of physical anthropology.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic scientific principles of evolution and genetics and how it relates to human variation, adaptation, and the biological development of the human species.



We will have three exams in this course worth 100 points each.  Each exam will cover material presented in lectures, main text, and films (not additional readings).    Exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions.  Make-up exams will be given only in the event of an “official absence.”  You will be provided with a study guide one week before each exam.  We will have an in-class review of the study guide prior to each exam.  

Attendance and Participation 

While exams are a useful tool for instructors I am more interested in your ability to communicate and think critically about significant societal and scientific issues.  You will be asked to review and analyze readings (not lectures) and you will be evaluated through in-class quizzes, thought-pieces, reflections, and discussions.  Readings will include short articles exploring controversial issues in physical anthropology.   You should come to class with a basic understanding of the arguments and a written opinion (1/2 page).  This will ensure that you are prepared for the in-class assignments.  We will have 10 in-class assignments worth 10 points each.  These will make up approximately 20% of your grade for the semester so it is crucial that you attend class.

Critical Thinking

This course and the assessment techniques used to evaluate your understanding of material will emphasize critical thinking skills. It is important for you to not only learn material, but to be able to interpret, analyze and evaluate this information.  Critical thinking involves asking questions and being reflective; understanding how your experiences shape the way you view the world.  This course offers an opportunity for you to utilize and or build upon your critical thinking skills.  To learn more about what we mean by critical thinking you can explore articles at the following website.    


Final grades will be based on exams (300 points) and attendance/participation (100 points) totaling 400 points according to the following scale: 356-400 = A, 316-355 = B, 276-315 = C, 236-275 = D.   Because students have different levels of knowledge and skills I incorporate a personalized grading system that takes into account attendance, engagement and progress during the semester.  If you ever feel as though you are struggling it is imperative that you contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss learning and studying strategies and direct you to campus resources.  If you wait until the end of the semester to meet with me it will be very difficult to improve your overall grade.   

Course Policies

Blackboard Tutorials and Software Requirements

Because our course is web-enhanced we will be taking advantage of the Blackboard platform to disseminate readings, engage in discussions, maintain grades, and when necessary post lectures.  I assume that many of you have used Blackboard before, but for those of you who have not the following offers some general advice.  In order to access Blackboard and all course material please click on the check browser icon to the left of the Blackboard log-in screen. This will ensure your computer has necessary programs and proper settings.  After completing the check, please make any changes needed. In addition you will need to have Adobe to access documents and Quicktime to access videos.   I suspect that most of you have Adobe but may need to download Quicktime.   Simply click on the link above and follow website instructions

For those of you who have not taken a Blackboard course it may be beneficial to familiarize yourself with the program by watching a few short tutorials.  To connect to the tutorials click on the following link Blackboard Learn.  These are interactive and provide you with basic information about how to navigate, use discussion threads, submit assignments, and take assessments. Be sure to let me know if you have problems accessing course material after watching tutorials.


Due to the nature of anthropology, its instruction requires more than formal presentation; it requires participation in discussions of concepts and a sharing of ideas. I will be taking attendance on a regular basis and you will receive up to 20 attendance points at the end of the semester.  While this may not seem like a lot these points could help you greatly, particularly if you have a border line grade.  Furthermore, the in class challenge assignments will not be announced prior to class so it is imperative that you do not miss a challenge as these make up a large portion of your overall grade. 

While I stress attendance I understand that at times it may be necessary to miss class.  Whenever possible please let me know ahead of time and provide documentation for your excused absence, i.e. athletics, illness, religious observance. 



During this course we will discuss controversial issues.  In order for learning to take place students must feel safe; this safety is due all students, not only those who share your values and beliefs.  For this reason courtesy, thoughtfulness, and acceptance are essential.  Please note that acceptance does not mean agreement. I expect that you will disagree respectfully with others as this often furthers critical discussions. Every student in this course has a voice and deserves the courtesy of attentive listening and the freedom to express diverse ideas.  If you are disrespectful or disruptive it may result in academic and disciplinary penalties.  In my experience students rarely, if ever, cross such a line and I do not expect to encounter any problems during this course.  Please review NIC Policy # 3.03.05 for more information. 


We will be viewing a number of films in this course, and you will be responsible for their content on tests.  The films are important because they provide you with a visual image of the  that we discuss.  As you watch each film, please note the title, main subject, and major points raised.

Supplemental Material

Please note that you will be expected to read additional materials in this course that may include chapters from texts, research articles, newspaper clippings, or online sources.  I will post these items on Blackboard and let you know when the reading is available.  Many of those resources are listed in the schedule but type and due date may change during the semester. 

Accomodations and Services

The NIC College Skills Division has a number of resources available ranging from tutoring to basic skills courses to helping with the transition to college.  I suggest that you visit the website to determine if any of their offerings could be beneficial to you.  In addition NIC provides a number of resources to students with disabilities through the Center for Educational Access.  Disability types include 1.  Deaf/HH, 2.  Blindness/Visual Impairment, 3. Medical/ Mobility/ Neurological, 4.  Psychiatric, and 5. Learning.  If you may qualify I suggest you explore the Center for Education Access website as there may be services available to help you succeed in this course and achieve your broader academic goals.  I am more than willing to work with you on any accommodations needed so please let me know if you have concerns or questions.        



This is only a guide and may change if circumstances require.  Changes in test dates will be announced in class.







Introduction to the Course




What is Anthropology? FAQs

Fuentes: Introduction











Evolution as Fact and Theory

Fuentes: Chapter 1



Critical Thinking Questions








Basics of Human Biology

Fuentes: Chapter 2



Critical Thinking Questions








Introduction to Genetics

Fuentes: Chapter 3



Genetic Engineering

Taking Sides Issue #2







Modern Evolutionary Theory

Fuentes: Chapter 4



Intelligent Design

Taking Sides Issue #4







Exam Review




Exam I








Primate Behavior

Fuentes: Chapter 5



Male Aggression

Taking Sides Issue #5







Early Primate Evolution

Fuentes: Chapter 6



Critical Thinking Questions








Early Hominin Evolution

Fuentes: Chapter 7




Taking Sides Issue #9








Fuentes: Chapter 8



Hominid Brain Expansion

Taking Sides Issue #12







Exam Review




Exam II








Modern Humans

Fuentes: Chapter 9















November 21-23 Fall Break








Human Biological Diversity

Fuentes: Chapter 10



Social Construction of Race

Taking Sides Issue #17







Evolution of Human Behavior




Critical Thinking Questions








Future of Human Evolution

Fuentes: Chapter 11



Summary and Exam Review








Final Exam (Exam III) - TBA


Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.


For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.