1 x 1-hour lecture weekly 1 x 1-hour laboratory weekly
This topic provides students with a basic introduction to the human skeleton. In addition to the identification of all components of the skeleton, students will learn the basic biological information that is recorded in the human skeleton. Key information regarding biological age, sex, geographic origin, and chronology are addressed. Workshops provide the essential hands-on practical component of teaching and learning in human osteology.
This topic aims to:
provide students with a basic theoretical introduction to the human skeleton, including the structure and function of bone as a tissue and as an infrastructure that provides support and facilitates movement
provide students with a basic understanding of the biological information recorded in the human skeleton, including age, sex, and geographic origin
expand on knowledge regarding the use of radiocarbon dating in relation to applications to human skeletal remains
further develop critical thinking skills, both individually and as members of a group
Expected learning outcomes
It is expected that on completion of this topic students will have:
developed a basic understanding of the structure and function of the human skeleton
developed a basic understanding of the methods employed to determine biological age, biological sex and geographic origin from the analysis of human skeletal remains
become familiar with the use of radiocarbon dating to determine the chronology of human skeletal remains
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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