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ANTHRO 101L - Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab - Jessica Proctor

Course:Introduction to Physical Anthropology Lab
Professor:Jessica Proctor
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to Physical Anthropology Lab.  

Course Description

A laboratory course in physical anthropology designed primarily for non-science majors. This course focuses on the evolution of the human species and non-human primates primarily from the biological perspective. Topics include human heredity and population genetics, primate behavior and conservation, the human fossil record, and modern human variation.  Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ANTHRO 101: Introduction to Physical Anthropology (Lecture).

What to Expect in this Course

Participation = Attendance!

Online attendance is not marked by your physical presence in a classroom, but rather by your participation and engagement with the course activities and assignments.


This course is designed to take about 4 - 6 hours per week (on average). Please plan to:

  • Set aside time each week to view all module materials and submit required work
  • Log in regularly each week to check for announcements, grades, messages, and comments
  • Participate in online discussions and respond thoughtfully to your peers.
  • You must email me PRIOR to the deadline with the required documentation if you are requesting and extension beyond 24 hours of the original due date.

Drop Policy

  • During the first week: Submit the About Me Discussion in order to mark your attendance and secure your spot!
  • Throughout the term: Submit work regularly to show your active attendance. If you do not submit work for 2 modules in a row, you may be dropped for non-participation!

If You Fall Behind...

Your participation is important for the success of this course, but I also recognize that you are human, and life happens. If you've reached a point where you have fallen behind, or can't meet the due dates, please contact me. We'll work together to make a path to success.


We will be using Canvas for this course, so you will need access to a computer and Internet. Canvas is also mobile-friendly and can be used on your phone or tablet through the Canvas Mobile App (Links to an external site.) or a mobile browser!

Other Materials

  • It is recommended that you have a folder (either physical folder or electronic folder) to keep all of your materials for this course organized.
  • Optional: Access to a printer if you prefer to print out your worksheets and hand write your answers.
  • Genius Scan (Links to an external site.) is a helpful application that you can download for free on your smartphone to scan documents.
  • Access to the Remind App.  This free application will allow us to text message each other without having to share personal phone numbers.

Types of Assessments

Concept Review Questions (20%):

  • Each week there will be a PowerPoint presentation and a short reading assignment (from your lab manual) to review prior to beginning your lab exercises.  This information will be critical to your success.  I will answer questions and go over slides during our Zoom meetings on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm.
  • The Concept Review Questions are designed to ensure that you have completed the required reading and prepare you to begin engaging in the lab exercises.
  • You will have TWO attempts to complete each concept review question activity.  The answer options will be shuffled after each attempt.  You will be able to view the correct answers after your final attempt.
  • However, keep in mind that in order to take advantage of the second attempt, you will need to submit your first attempt no later than Thursdays by 11:59 pm.  I will need time to review your work, provide corrections in the gradebook to allow you time to correct your work and resubmit if needed.
  • The Concept Review Questions are due no later than the Sundays by 11:59 pm


Lab Exercises (50%):

  • Each week there will be several online lab exercises to complete. 
  • These lab exercises are in your lab manual.  I recommend that you write out your answers in your lab manual and then submit your answers in Canvas.
  • All lab exercises will be submitted through Canvas by the deadline.
  • You will need your lab manual to complete these exercises.  Only the second edition will match up properly with the lab exercises in Canvas.
  • You will have TWO attempts to complete each lab exercise.  The answer options will be shuffled after each attempt.  You will be able to review the correct answers after your final attempt.
  • However, keep in mind that in order to take advantage of the second attempt, you will need to submit your first attempt no later than Thursdays by 11:59 pm.  I will need time to review your work, provide corrections in the gradebook to allow you time to correct your work and resubmit if needed.
  • The lab exercises for each unit will be due no later than Sundays by 11:59 pm.


Unit Lab Exams (30%):

  • There will be four unit lab exams.
  • Each exam will be 50 multiple choice style questions.
  • You will have ONE attempt to complete each unit exam.
  • Please ensure that you are only using GOOGLE CHROME as your internet browser while taking an exam.  Previous students have reported that there are issues with Internet Explorer and Safari while taking an exam in Canvas. 
  • Unit Exams are the only assignment that I cannot take late since I need to be able to post answer keys in a timely manner.  The exam will be open for 72 hours to allow you to take the exam at a time that works in your schedule.

Textbook Information

Lab Manual Cover

Laboratory Manual and Workbook for Biological Anthropology: Engaging with Human Evolution by K. Elizabeth Soluri and Sabrina C. Agarwal (SECOND EDITION ONLY)

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 05/26/2021 Sub#: 67