Online Courses

ANTR 1 - Biological/Physical Anthropology

Instructor: Karen Oeh
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Course Description

Humans as a biological species through an examination of fossil evidence for human evolution, behavior of nonhuman primates, and human evolutionary biology and genetics. Emphasis on uniquely human biological and behavioral characteristics, as well as those shared with other animals. Current anthropological issues such as the biological meaning of race, genetic diseases, and the influence of evolution on human behavior. CAN ANTH 2

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to understand how your college email account works with Blackboard. Learn more about your college email account.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm. Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This is not a self-paced class; there are due dates throughout the semester that you are expected to meet, just like a traditional class.

This online class is made up of modules that open on a Saturday morning at 12:01 a.m. and close two weeks later on a Friday evening at 11:55 p.m. In each module, students will read ebook chapters and web articles, review PowerPoint slides, watch videos, post a written assignment on the class discussion board, and complete a quiz. Active participation is required. Students who do not complete the assignment and quiz in Module 1 will be dropped from the course the first week of the semester.

Communications will take place via email, chat, and the class discussion board.

Class Activities

Module activities cover the following formats; class discussions about assigned reading, participation in student directed learning activities, and web videos of primate social behavior.

In each module is a written assignment designed for students to analyze human variation, think critically about human evolution, and effectively communicate their thoughts and opinions to classmates.

Also in each module is a quiz designed to test student's comprehension and understanding of the materials through multiple choice and true/false questions.

How Students are Graded

In Modules 1-8 is a written assignment worth 25 points. A Grading Rubric for Assignments explains grading criteria for students to earn maximum credit.

Also in Modules 1-8 is a quiz with multiple choice and true/false questions based on the reading and discussions. Each quiz is worth 25 points. There are no makeups for missed deadlines. There are no in-person exams.

There is an open-book Midterm Exam worth 225 points. Students are given one week to complete the Midterm, and entries can be saved throughout the week. The Midterm Exam cannot be made up online or in person. Please pay close attention to deadline dates.

There is an open book Final Exam worth 225 points. Students are given one week to complete the Final Exam, and entries can be save during the week. The Final Exam cannot be made up in person or turned in late. A student who does not complete the Final Exam will receive a grade of F in the class. It is mandatory that the Final Exam is completed by the due date. Please pay close attention to deadline dates.

Extra credit is offered for an additional 25 points.

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the instructor for motivation, can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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Page last modified: April 25, 2017