Palomar College


Spring  2005 

Section 30110


Instructor:   Chris Henley   

Class Meets Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:20 pm in room BE 1 

Course Content: 

This course is designed to give students a basic introduction to the field of physical anthropology.   Participants will survey the theories and concepts of biological evolution, human genetic variation, and primate evolution and behavior.  Course topics will include the evolution of humankind, the hominid fossil record, and the relationship of physical and cultural adaptations to  forces that shape humankind's development.  Successful completion of the course enables the student to earn 3 units of Life Science credit for G.E. transfer and Natural Science credit towards an  A.A. degree.     

Topic material will be presented in three segments throughout the course. They will be presented through  lectures, slide presentations, videos and class discussions.  


 Course exams are scheduled to follow each segment and will cover the topics presented in that particular segment.   Exams may be a combination of subjective and essay style questions.  Students are expected to take all exams on the date scheduled.  In any case of a missed exam, a 10 point deduction from the make-up score will be assessed. Exams may be made-up only by prior arrangement with instructor and the final exam will NOT be given after the  date published in the syllabus.   Failure to complete all exams will result in a failing grade for the course.

Course Grading Scale:  

Exam and final course grades will be determined by percentage method. The total number of available points for each exam will be totaled. To earn a letter grade the total score must reflect the required percentage. The minimum percentage required for all grade level is as follows:

A = 90%   B = 80%   C = 70% D = 59%    58% and below is failing.

 To receive a course grade, students must complete all required course work.  Minimally, this will require that the student complete  all three of the  scheduled  exams.  Failure to complete all three exams will result in an "F" grade for the entire course. 


On time attendance at every class is required, and expected . Students are responsible for knowing and acting upon drop dates and other applicable deadlines. Students who miss more than two consecutive class meetings may be subject to an instructor initiated drop. An Incomplete for a course grade will given only if student initiated and requested in writing by the student. Please avoid "walk-away" F's!

Academic Dishonesty:

Any student found to be actively or passively engaged in cheating or any other form of academic dishonesty will be subject to a failing grade for the course and any other academic discipline as deemed appropriate by the college.

Academic Accommodations:

It is recommended that students with disabilities discuss academic accommodations with the instructor during the first two weeks of the class. An alternate format of this syllabus and handouts is available upon request. Alternate format refers to the translation of print into a format that a person with a disability can comprehend, e.g. tape, e-text or Braille for blind or visually impaired.


Class dates, topics, exam dates and reading assignments can be accessed by using the class schedule link below. Class dates are firm. All other information is subject to change as needed. Changes will be announced in class only. I will be available for consultation one half hour after class, and during breaks; other times by appointment.

To contact the instructor use this Email link

See course schedule for Text information.

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