Week one- Syllabus
Week one- Syllabus ANTH 171
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ANTH 171 MONKEYS AND APES Fall Quarter 2015 4 credit hours satisfies an SC requirement Course Time amp Location Lecture Tuesday and Thursday 1200120 pm 282 Lillis Hall LIL Instructor Dr Nelson Ting Office Hours Tuesday 130 250 pm amp by appointment in 302B Condon Hall Email ntinguoregonedu Graduate Teaching Fellows GTF Monya Anderson Colin Brand Andrea Eller Office Hours Th 2 4 Office Hours Tu 2 3pm W 1 2pm Office Hours Tu 2 4 Office Condon 369 Office Condon 365 Office Condon 304 Email monyauoregonedu Email cbrand2uoregonedu Email areuoregonedu COURSE DESCRIPTION This course serves as an introduction to the primatology curriculum in the Department of Anthropology and fulfills a General Education requirement in Science It will provide a broad survey of the evolutionary biology of our closest relatives the non human primates Because these animals are closely related to humans they share with us an array of important adaptive features such as high intelligence complex communication systems diverse feeding adaptations and a reliance on social groups Understanding their ecology behavior and evolution thus helps anthropologists interpret these shared features and provides insight into what makes us different as humans We will learn about the evolutionary forces that have shaped primate diversity the principles we use behind classifying these animals the evolutionary history of the group the various unique and interesting adaptations found across different primate species and the primary extinction threats that these animals face in the wild LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will learn the basic evolutionary concepts that shape biological diversity as well as the foundations needed to enroll in our advanced primatology courses By the end of the term students will know the divisions within the primate order the characters that are used to identify these divisions the different behavioral adaptations found across primate species and the factors that threaten primates with extinction COURSE FORMAT The course is divided into two halves The first half will be devoted to the basic theory and concepts we use to explain primate biology while the second half will focus on the various adaptations found among the different species This will include a combination of lectures and required laboratory sections The required laboratory sections are a critical part of the course and are designed to develop practical skills of observing measuring and interpreting data collected by biological anthropologists CANVAS A Canvas site will be maintained for this class which will be your main source for course information documents and announcements Make sure that you regularly check your Canvaslinked email account ACCOMMODATIONS Appropriate accommodations will be provided for students with documented disabilities Please make arrangements to meet with Dr Ting or your GTF to discuss these accommodations REQUIRED READINGS 1 Redmond 2011 The Primate Family Tree Firefly Available at the Duckstore 2 quotGenetics and Evolution Available on Canvas 3 Brennan P 2010 Sexual Selection Nature Education Knowledge 31079 Available online httpwwwnaturecomscitabIeknowledgeIibrarysexuaIselection1325524O 4 Swedell L 2012 Primate Sociality and Social Systems Nature Education Knowledge 31084 Available online httpwwwnaturecomscitableknowledgelibraryprimatesocialityandsocialsystems58068905 5 Hopper L M et Brosnan S F 2012 Primate Cognition Nature Education Knowledge 583 Available online httpwwwnaturecomscitableknowledgelibraryprimatecognition59751723 6 quotPrimate Lives Available on Canvas 7 McGlynn T 2010 How Does Social Behavior Evolve Nature Education Knowledge 31069 Available online httpwwwnaturecomscitableknowledgelibraryhowdoessocialbehaviorevolve13260245 8 Whiten A et al 2003 Cultural panthropology EvolutionaryAnthropology 122 92105 Available on Canvas 9 quotPrimate Adaptations Available on Canvas EXPECTATIONS AND GRADING Regular attendance at lectures and laboratory sections as well as participation in laboratory activities is required Course readings are required and are essential to passing exams completing lab assignments and participating in lab section activities Your grade in the course will reflect performance on a quiz midterm exam final exam discussion section attendance a lab practical and a short writeup of 5 laboratory exercises Quiz Week 4 10 Midterm Exam Week 6 November 3rd 30 Lab Practical Week 8 10 Final Exam December 10th 800 am 30 Lab Section 20 The midterm and final exams will cover lectures readings videos and lab section materials Exams will include multiple choice matching and short answer sections The final exam will emphasize material from the second half of the course but will make extensive use of concepts and terminology from the first half Exams and assignments must be takenturned in at the scheduled time under no circumstances will makeup exams or assignment extensions be given without a documented excuse eg signed note from your doctor If you will not be able to take an exam or turn in an assignment you must notify me in advance preferably by email Material on the exams may be different than that presented in the textbook and may only be covered during class lecture and lab sections Therefore you are advised to arrange to obtain course notes if you miss a class If you have questions after you have gone over the notes please contact your GTF or me Grades will be assigned as follows A 90 100 B 80 89 C 70 69 D 60 69 F lt 60 with minus and plus grades assigned at appropriate cutoffs The grading system used in this course is as follows A Outstanding performance relative to that required to meet course requirements demonstrates a mastery of course content at the highest level B Performance that is significantly above that required to meet course requirements demonstrates a mastery of course content at a high level C Performance that meets the course requirements in every respect demonstrates an adequate understanding of course content D Performance that is at the minimal level necessary to pass the course but does not fully meet the course requirements demonstrates a marginal understanding of course content F Performance in the course for whatever reason is unacceptable and does not meet the course requirements demonstrates an inadequate understanding of the course content TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE Week Dates Topics Readings 1 929 Course Overview amp Introduction 101 Evolutionary Theory quotGenetics and Evolution Lab 1 Scientific Method and Evolution 2 106 Primate Systematics and Features Redmond 2011 pp 10 31 108 Primate Reproductive Strategies and Social Systems Brennan 2010 Swedell 2012 Lab 2 Primate Systematics 3 1013 Primate Social Behavior McGlynn 2010 1015 Primate Tool Use and Culture Whitten et al 2003 Lab 3 Primate Behavior 4 1020 Primate Cognition and Intelligence Hopper et Bronson 2012 1022 Primate Habitats and Ecology quotPrimate Lives Lab 4 Quiz on weeks 13 5 1027 Primate Adaptation quotPrimate Adaptations 1029 Primate Conservation Redmond 2011 pp 32 44 Lab 5 Review for Midterm Exam 6 113 Midterm covers everything through week 5 115 Lemurs Redmond 2011 Prosimians Lab 6 Strepsirrhines 7 1110 Lorises Galagos and Tarsiers 1112 New World monkeys Redmond 2011 NW Monkeys Lab 7 Haplorhines 8 1117 Old World monkeys 1119 Old World monkeys Redmond 2011 OW Monkeys Lab 8 Lab Practical 9 1124 Apes 1126 Thanksgiving break No Class Redmond 2011 Apes Lab 9 Thanksgiving break No Class 10 121 Apes 123 Chimpanzee Redmond 2011 Apes Lab 10 Review for Final Exam 11 12 10 Final Exam 800 am covers weeks 610
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