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Last approved: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:27:48 GMT

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Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

lynchec
Emily
Lynch
lynchec@missouri.edu
573/882-4732
Anthropology
Are you submitting this proposal on behalf of an instructor?
No
Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
lynchec
Emily
Lynch
lynchec@missouri.edu
573/882-4732
Anthropology
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
sattenspiell
Lisa
Sattenspiel
SattenspielL@missouri.edu
573/882-9405
Anthropology

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

A&S
Anthropology (ANTHRO)
Anthropology
1500W
3
 
30
Monkeys, Apes and Humans - Writing Intensive
For those with little or no background in anthropology. Surveys the ecology and behavior of major nonhuman primate groups, and how these relate to the evolution of human behavior.
Behavioral Science
Lecture/Standard
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
 
 
 
 

Instructor Information

lynchec
Emily
Lynch
lynchec@missouri.edu
573/882-4732
Anthropology
(numbers only)
Adjunct Instructor
Swallow Hall, room 220
No, instructor has never attended
 

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Writing Intensive Course Information

In order to better understand how, when and why each of our ‘human’ features evolved, we can (1) compare and contrast our species with other living primates and (2) examine the primate fossil record. This course examines primate and human anatomy, behavior, and evolution from the perspective of modern ecological and evolutionary theory. We will read about and discuss modern primate diversity, evolution, ecology, diet, locomotion, group structure, mating systems, sexual dimorphism, infanticide, parenting, play, culture, language, and intelligence in all primates, including humans. The objective is to learn about our primate relatives so as to better understand ourselves.
 
Face-to-face
Self paced?

 
80
Should this course be considered for funding?
Yes
Large Enrollment Courses:
I will use lectures, readings, and short movies to engage the students in the material. I will focus on the students ability to communicate ideas and concepts through 4 writing assignments. One of my primary goals is to help the students develop problem-solving skills to the point where you are able not only to understand how some interesting questions about primate biology have been answered, but you become a creative scientist in your own right. By the end of this course, I hope to have developed the students' ability to identify and solve new questions on their own.
4 short papers will be assigned throughout the semester, each 3 pages in length. Each paper will consist of a first draft and revision. In addition, a midterm and final will be given to assess their understanding of the concepts reviewed in lecture.
There will be weekly meetings to discuss the progress of the course and grading rubrics.

Writing Intensive Assignments

Pages
Evolution by natural selection
Students will write an essay based on the ideas presented in a reading that reviews evolution by natural selection (Weiner 2005). Using three scientific primary sources, they will explain empirical evidence that demonstrates how natural selection operates.
Length of assignment:
3
TA/Instructor
3
TA/Instructor
6

Pick a primate
Students will pick one primate species (cleared by the instructor) and write a brief report explaining its life history characteristics. Using three scientific primary sources, students will explain the unique physiological or behavioral attributes of this species.
Length of assignment:
3
TA/Instructor
3
TA/Instructor
6

Primate ecology or primate mating systems
Students will pick one primate species and explore its ecology OR mating system. Using three scientific primary sources, students must evaluate the relevant theories and describe these attributes.
Length of assignment:
3
TA/Instructor
3
TA/Instructor
6

Ape intelligence and cognition
Students will pick one hypothesis regarding ape intelligence and use three scientific primary sources to support or refute this theory.
Length of assignment:
3
TA/Instructor
3
TA/Instructor
6

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
12.00
Revisions:
12.00
24.00
 

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
 
They do not.
The primary goal for the course is to encourage critical thinking by requiring students to combine data and theory to formulate an argument. The objective of the writing assignments is to develop the students ability to communicate these ideas. The essays assigned in this course are designed to give students the freedom to create their own argument, while using empirical evidence to support their viewpoint.
Essays are assigned after the topic in question is addressed in lecture. Students will then be given a week to revise and resubmit their second drafts. The due dates are dispersed throughout the semester so as to avoid any overlap.
80
%
 
2
Graduate students who have the most experience with the course material and writing intensive programs will be chosen as teaching assistants. Weekly meetings will be held to review the course material and grading rubrics for the essays and exams.

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Administrative Information

Education and Social Sciences
 
 

Acknowledgement


Additional Comments

 
Jonathan Cisco (CiscoJo) (Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:54:03 GMT): Added "TA/Instructor" to evaluator field of all assignments per instructor request. Instructor will oversee all responding to student writing.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Fri, 04 Nov 2016 21:27:40 GMT): I have added ANTHRO 1500W, 01 to the Spring 2017 schedule of classes and cancelled the regular section of ANTHRO 1500, 01. The 5 students who were enrolled in the regular section have been moved to the ANTHRO 1500W section
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