Syllabus - Los Angeles Harbor College

Los Angeles Harbor College
Anthropology 101 Spring 2016
Human Biological Evolution
Dr. Sasha David
Section 7677 (Online)
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 1- 3 PM @ NEA 157
Office Phone: (310) 233-4577
Los Angeles Harbor College Mission Statement:
Los Angeles Harbor College promotes access and student success through associate and transfer
degrees, certificates, economic and workforce development, and basic skills instruction. Our
educational programs and support services meet the needs of diverse communities as measured by
campus institutional learning outcomes.
Course Description:
Introduction to the anthropological study of human evolution. Topics include the mechanisms of
evolutionary change, genetics, human variation, and the reconstruction of human evolutionary
history through an examination of the fossil record and through the use of comparative studies of
our closest biological relatives, the living monkeys and apes.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Describe the evolutionary lineage that led to Homo sapiens, using the following species as
points of reference: Australopiths, Homo erectus, Homo ergaster, Homo heidelbergensis, and Homo
2. Describe the anatomical traits necessary for bipedalism and explain the significance of the
Laetoli footprints.
3. Describe Darwin’s theory of natural selection and elaborate upon the scientific influences
that shaped this theory.
4. Describe why race is both an unsound scientific category, and a valid category of social
experience. Describe scientifically sound factors that cause human variation.
5. Apply the Punnett Square methodology in order to predict genetic outcomes.
6. Describe the traits that make primates unique among Class Mammalia and the differences
that distinguish between anthropoids and prosimians.
Assigned readings for the course:
Larsen, Clark Spencer. Our Origins (3nd ed.). New York: Norton. ISBN: 978-0-393-92143-4.
[Please note – ONLY the third edition is acceptable for this class.]
This book is available at the bookstore and on reserve at the Harbor College library – make sure to
request the textbook for Anthro 101 with Dr. David from the librarian. You can check it out for
two hours at a time.
This class consists of three types of activities, which are described in this syllabus and outlined
1.) You will read and study the modules that are posted, which consist of lecture notes and
2.) You will read from the assigned textbook chapters and take reading quizzes to assess your
mastery of the material.
3.) You will take a midterm and final exam that only cover the modules, including the lecture
notes and PowerPoints that are posted. These exams do not cover the textbook reading.
Timeframe for the Course: All materials for the class, including the quizzes and exams, are available
to you from the very beginning until the very end of the class (from Monday, February 8, 2016
through 11:59 PM on Monday, May 30, 2016). Therefore, the only time rule is that everything,
including the exams and the quizzes, needs to be complete and submitted by the last day of the class.
I do this because I realize you are probably taking an online class since you have many other
commitments, such as your job.
However, I would not recommend leaving everything for the last minute. Life is
unpredictable and things could come up for you at the last minute, which prevent you from
completing the course, if you’ve left all your work for the last weekend. No assignments will be
accepted after 11:59 PM on Monday, May 30, 2016.
Though the timeframe of this class is open-ended, please note that you need to accept this
syllabus on the first day of class (February 8, 2016) in order to not be dropped from the class.
Make sure to use the Coursemap tool to follow the correct schedule for the class.
Modules: The modules consist of lecture notes and PowerPoints that cover topics essential to
biological anthropology. If you have any questions at all about the modules, please do not hesitate
to ask me. There is no such thing as a “dumb question” in this class. I can’t know what you’re
having trouble with, if you don’t let me know.
Reading Quizzes: The reading quizzes test you on the assigned textbook reading. They are timed
and you only receive one try. You have 10 minutes to complete each test. No resubmissions are
allowed, regardless of circumstance. Each quiz consists of five True/False questions. Make sure
you have studied the reading in depth before beginning each quiz. Quiz questions and answers will
not be revealed at the end in order to prevent academic dishonesty. Here are the chapters that each
quiz covers:
Quiz #1: Chapters 1 & 2
Quiz #2: Chapter 3
Quiz #3: Chapter 4
Quiz #4: Chapter 6
Quiz #5: Chapter 7
Quiz #6: Chapters 8 & 10
Quiz #7: Chapter 11
Quiz #8: Chapter 12 & 13
Quiz #9: Chapter 5
Midterm and Final Exams: The exams for this class only cover the modules, including the lecture
notes and PowerPoints. They are timed and you only receive one try. You have 60 minutes to
complete each test and no resubmissions will be allowed, regardless of circumstance. Each exam
consists of 30 multiple choice questions. Make sure you have studied the modules in depth and the
Midterm and Final Exam review sheets (which can be found under the Resources tool) before
beginning the exams. Exam questions and answers will not be revealed at the end in order to
prevent academic dishonesty. The Midterm covers Modules 1-6 and the Final is cumulative.
Reading Quizzes: Worth 5 possible points each (each question is worth 1 point). Each quiz is worth
approximately 5% of your final grade.
Midterm Exam: Worth 30 possible points (each question is worth 1 point). Worth approximately
29% of your final grade.
Final Exam: Worth 30 possible points (each question is worth 1 point). Worth approximately 29%
of your final grade.
Extra Credit: Ten points will be added to your final grade for the course based upon successful
completion of the course Service Learning. (For example, a final grade of 75/C will become 85/B
with the extra credit.) There will be no other extra credit offered for this course. Service
Learning is taught by Prof. Lori Minor and Prof. Megan Lange; you may enroll with either
instructor. There are two handouts posted under the “Resources” tool that give you further
information about this course and enrollment instructions.
If you have taken Service Learning during a previous semester, please bring me a copy of
your unofficial transcript before the last weekend of the class, so I can give you your extra credit for
the class. Make sure to let me know if you are enrolled in multiple sections of mine, so I can apply it
to all your sections.
Grading for the Course: This class will use the traditional numerical values for each letter grade. (A
= 90%-100%; B = 80%-89%; C = 70%-79%; D = 60%-69%; F = 59% or lower.) To calculate
where you stand in this class, divide the points you have earned by the total points possible (105
possible points) and add ten points to that figure if you are doing Service Learning.
Academic Honesty and Plagiarism Statement: All students are expected to adhere to conventional
standards of academic honesty. These standards forbid plagiarism, unlawful copying and, or, failure
to give credit to sources that you may use in the research and writing of your class work. Cheating
and other forms of misconduct are covered under this statement. Failure to comply with these
standards may result in a failed assignment and, or, a failed grade in this class.
Controversial Content Statement: This course includes discussions of a frank and coarse nature
regarding particular subjects including race, religion and sexual orientation protected by the college’s
academic freedom statutes that may be considered offensive and controversial to some. When such
topics may arise during the course of this semester and a student wishes to be excused, please notify
the instructor that you wish to be excluded from class discussion on the ground that it is personally
offensive and the instructor will excuse you until such discussion has concluded.
Late Work Policy: All exams/assignments/presentations are due on the specified day in the course
syllabus. No late exams/assignments/presentations will be accepted, regardless of circumstance.
Exam Resubmissions: You only receive one try for each quiz and exam in this class. There are
absolutely no resubmissions allowed, regardless of circumstance.
Drop Policy: After the first week of class, it is your responsibility to drop the class if you will no
longer be participating.
Disability Statement: Students with a verified disability who may need authorized accommodation(s)
for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and the Office of Special Services or Disabled
Students as soon as possible, at least two weeks before any exam or quiz. All information will
remain confidential.
Communicating with Dr. David: Please send any questions to I also hold inperson office hours; please see the beginning of this syllabus for more information. Please stop by
when you have a chance, as I would be delighted to meet you in person!
 It’s OK to feel a little lost at first, but after the first week you should start feeling at home.
Remember that the role of an online student is much more active than the role of a
traditional student, so you will need to make sure you are keeping on top of all the
assignments. The CourseMap is a handy tool to use to make sure you are on track.
 If you have any technical problems accessing the class site, you can contact the ETUDES
Helpdesk here:
 Make sure you are using a fast internet connection when you take the quizzes and exams. As
they are timed, a slow connection will make it take longer to go from question to question,
which means you will have less time to work on them.
 You will need to be open files with a .pptx extension in order to view the PowerPoints.
Therefore, you need to be working with an up-to-date version of MS Office.
 Answer the quiz and exam questions based ONLY on the course material; do not bring in
outside information (i.e., random stuff you find on the internet) or your own personal
opinion unless the question specifically asks you to.
 Also, always assume that I am NOT trying to trick you, when you take the quizzes and
exams. Always choose the best answer that makes the most sense, not the answer that you
think would be right if it were a trick question.
 Before taking the midterm and final exam, print out all the modules and PowerPoints and
highlight the topics that will be covered, according to the review guides. Refer to your
printouts while you are taking these tests. You will get a much better score!
Please let me know if there are any questions I can answer! I would love to hear from each and
every one of you. You can email me (, or better yet, visit my office hours listed at
the top of the syllabus!
Let’s get started - Go to the CourseMap for your first assignment. Have a great semester!!
 Dr. David