Online Courses

ANTR 2 - Introduction to Archaeology

Instructor: Karen Oeh
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Course Description

This course is an introduction to the study of concepts, theories, data and models of anthropological archaeology that contribute to our knowledge of the human past. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry; the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; dating techniques; methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences.

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 utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

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. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

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 every one to two weeks with an assignment, quiz, and exam due by a specific deadline. Students are expected to meet due dates and participate in class discussions, just like in a traditional, face-to-face class. There are no make-ups or extended deadlines. If a student misses the Module 1 assignment and quiz, s/he is dropped from the course the first week.

The course is composed of modules that guide students through specific topics and time periods in prehistory. Within each module are learning objectives, summaries, PowerPoint slides, textbook reading requirements, online web articles, an assignment (worth 25 points) and a quiz (worth 25 points). Each assignment is shared with the class on the discussion board, and some assignments require student critiques, question and answer, and contrast/comparison analysis.

Students are given access to a module when it is opened on a Saturday at 12:01 a.m. Students can then start the quiz and research web articles and read textbook chapters to write the assignment and respond to other students' posts. The module is closed two weeks later on a Friday at 11:55 p.m., and the assignment and quiz are due. There are no extensions or make-ups in person or online.

Modules are two weeks in length; however the Midterm Exam and Final Exam are one week in length. Both exams are open-book, and students can save their answers throughout the week. Please pay close attention to deadline dates.

Class Activities

In each module, activities cover the following formats: class discussions about assigned reading, participation in student directed learning activities, and web simulations and videos of techniques and methods used in archaeology.

In Modules 1-8, an assignment is designed for students to develop research questions, think critically, and effectively communicate their thoughts and opinions to classmates. In Modules 1-8, a quiz is designed to test student's comprehension and understanding of the materials through multiple choice and true/false questions.

How Students are Graded

All written assignments will be graded according to criteria established in the course called Grading Rubric for Assignments. Each assignment in Modules 1-8 is worth 25 points.

In Modules 1-8, a quiz with multiple choice and true and false questions is worth 25 points.

The Midterm Exam is worth 225 points. The Final Exam is worth 225 points. Students are given one week to complete an exam, and it is open book. Questions can be saved throughout the week. If a student does not complete the Final Exam, a student automatically fails the course. Please pay close attention to deadline dates.

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