Introduction to Physical
ANTHRO 101 – ONLINE
MULTIPLE SECTIONS (Fall):
22nd, 6:00 am – Oct. 15th, 11:59 pm
17th, 6:00 am – Dec 10th, 11:59 pm
Dear Online Students,
Welcome to Physical Anthropology!
During the eight weeks of this course, we will cover a broad
range of topics that encompasses today’s field of Physical
The intent and goal of this course is two-fold:
At the end of the 8-week period, you should have (1)
a competent understanding of the foundational concepts of
Physical Anthropology, including the forces and processes of
evolution, genetics, cellular biology, and hominid evolution
and (2) an exposure to many of the subfields that make up
the field of Physical Anthropology.
This course is
designed to offer you new perspectives into what it really
means to be human and perhaps inspire you to pursue other
classes in Anthropology.
Dr. Laurie Rodriguez
There will be several ways of contacting me via Blackboard,
but this email address is the most reliable way of reaching
me. Get used to
contacting me if you have questions.
If you have problems with accessing the course itself
via the Blackboard system, you need to contact Distance
Learning directly via one of the links below.
You must have the
following materials and equipment available to you no later
than the first day of class.
You will not be able to take part in this class
without them in your possession.
This is non-negotiable.
If you cannot meet these requirements, please do not
register for this class.
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
2010 (12 ed.) by Robert Jurmain et al, Thomson
Higher Education (ISBN:
Currently $119.28 for new, though used copies may be
available in the campus store.
This can be purchased in the COC bookstore or
have this book in your possession by the first day of class.
You must have daily access to a PC (not just a phone)
equipped with reliable online access.
This includes access during times when COC computer
labs are closed, i.e., you
cannot rely only upon COC computer access.
Technical difficulties, such as loss of internet
access, a broken computer, or “my dog ate my hard drive”,
will NOT be accepted as excuses for failing to complete the
Don’t try it.
I’ve heard them all.
computers are notorious for having difficulty with the
If you have trouble with your Mac, contact Distance
Learning for solutions.
You must have a unique email address.
The email address cannot be shared with another
student enrolled in this class.
I strongly encourage my students to use the browsers
Firefox or Google Chrome (both available free online) which
have had fewer complications with the websites you will be
accessing in this class (I’m not familiar with Navigator).
I do not recommend using Internet Explorer.
If you do choose to use Internet Explorer and
experience problems, please try the other browsers before
contacting me for help.
Taking an Online Course
– PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
There are many advantages to taking an online course for
students with demanding schedules, but it is imperative that
you understand before the class begins what will be required
of you in order to do well in this class.
Please note the following:
This is a short-term course, meaning that instead of the
customary 16 week semester, the course length has been
reduced to 8 weeks.
The amount of material covered in this 8-week course is
IDENTICAL to the amount covered in a 16-week traditional
means you will be covering twice as much material each week.
The amount of time you should expect to dedicate to this
class/week will vary according to your individual abilities
(such as reading comprehension skills and comfort with
technology) but on average, you should expect to invest
about 18 hours per week to successfully complete this
time will be distributed across reading assignments, online
activities, taking part in discussion groups, submitting
homework, and taking quizzes and tests.
This course will be conducted 100% online.
There will be no face-to-face component required or
In order to pass this course, you will need to complete all
assignments (including exams) thoroughly and accurately and
submit them to me before their deadline.
Successfully completing an online course requires a student
to develop and use strong self-organizational skills in
order to stay on top of assignments and to avoid falling
If you find it easy to self-motivate and can plan and
stick to a study schedule, than you will do well in an
If self-motivation is not one of your strengths, you need to
develop those skills now!
Please take the following recommendations to heart:
Keep a calendar of all homework, discussion, and exam
can be written or you can use an online calendar, complete
with emailed reminders.
Complete readings no later than the Monday of each week they
are due. That
way you can take part more effectively in the online
will also find that homework assignments are easier to
Get used to emailing me with questions.
Please don’t be shy.
I find that those students who freely communicate
with me regarding questions or confusion on the material
tend to be the ones who do better in this class.
If you are struggling with the material in the class, don’t
wait for several weeks to contact me about your concerns.
This is a short class.
We don’t have time to “wait and see” if those
problems will work themselves out.
Get to know your fellow students.
If the opportunity arises, organize a study group at
the local coffee shop or library to review material and
study for exams. This is the best way to learn the material.
This course may be completely online, but there is
nothing stating that you must study that way.
To get a better picture of your readiness for an online
course, particularly if you have never taken one before,
please use this link to take a short evaluation on your
Are You Online Ready?
Should you have any
difficulties accessing this online course throughout the
semester, please do NOT contact your instructor as I cannot
promise positive results!
Please refer to the following links and use them to
resolve any technical problems you might have:
General Information about Distance Learning at COC
Direct logon to Blackboard
Computer hardware and software requirements
Counseling 070 information
If you are a student with special needs and require
additional assistance for this course specific to your
circumstances, please contact the
Tutoring, Learning & Computing Center (TLC).
Click the link provided or call them at 661-362-3351.
They also have offices at both the Valencia and
Canyon Country campuses.
How to Negotiate the
First Day of Class
I strongly recommend that you practice logging onto
Blackboard the week prior to the start of class, to make
sure all problems are addressed before the first day.
This is especially important if you have never taken
an online class before.
For help, you can use the link above or contact the
Blackboard Help Desk in the Tutoring, Learning & Computing
Center (TLC) at 661-362-3351, extension 3344 for assistance.
There are three different scenarios for the first day of
the one that applies to you:
you are officially enrolled in this class:
Login to Blackboard between 6 am and 11:59 pm on the
first day and complete all initial procedures, including
entering a valid email address into the “Tools” area of
the introduction page, click on the “Start Here” button.
Follow all instructions on that page to follow
Failing to meet these initial Day 1 requirements will
result in your designation as a “No Show” and you will be
dropped from the class roster.
I will be unable to reinstate your name to the roster
after that point.
There is a waitlist for this class filled with
students who would love to take your spot on the roster.
you are waitlisted for this class:
Email the instructor on the first day of class
between 6 am and 9 pm to request an ADD code.
After the 9 pm deadline, the instructor will evaluate
how many spots are available on the class roster, determine
how many of the waitlisted students can be added, and email
an ADD code to those students.
Waitlisted students will be added in order of their
position on the waitlist and there is no guarantee that all
waitlisted students will receive an ADD code as it is
subject to roster space.
Students who receive an ADD code should complete
registrations procedures immediately and purchase the
textbook no later 6 pm on Thursday of the first week.
It usually takes approximately 24 hours for your name
to be added into Blackboard.
Check back frequently and when you have access to the
course online via Blackboard, complete the Day 1
requirements listed above.
You will need to move quickly to catch up with the
rest of the class.
you are registered as a COC student but not enrolled in this
You may email the instructor to request a CRASH code
during the first day of class (6 am to 9 pm).
You will be emailed with a crash code ONLY IF there
is room on the roster after all waitlisted students who have
requested an ADD code have registered.
There is an extensive waitlist for this class, so it
is unlikely that there will be space available, but you are
welcome to email me with the request.
It doesn’t hurt to ask!
If you are given a CRASH code, register, purchase the
textbook and then work on catching up.
You will be responsible for all course requirements,
regardless of when you started the class.
Regardless of your situation, you MUST have a textbook for this
class and complete all Day 1 procedures.
All students are responsible for all assignments,
even if you add after the first day.
Your Head… Self-advocate!
Be aware that taking an online course is very different from
taking a course on campus.
An online course has advantages in terms of
flexibility (and the added bonus of taking exams in your
pajamas), but there are aspects of online classes that can
be more difficult than on-campus classes.
Online students must be self-motivated and capable of
tracking assignments and evaluations on their own.
This requires the ability to stay organized and
focused without weekly lectures to provide regular reminders
You will be expected to take responsibility for your
progress in this class, completing the readings and
assignments on time, and planning ahead for exams to make
sure you take them within the required time limits.
You must be your own advocate, contacting me with any
difficulty or complications.
I can help you through problems but only if you take
the initiative to contact me first.
I will be emailing the course syllabus to all registered
students one week prior to class.
Make sure you take the time to review it and note
that you are expected to have the first reading done by Day
1 of class.
Please email me with any questions you might have.
Otherwise, I look forward to “meeting” everyone on
the first day of class.