Forensic Osteology (ANAT3006)


This unit of study aims to introduce students to the area of forensic osteology, which is the study of human skeletal remains within the legal context. Thus the unit of study aims to help students learn about human morphology and variation through the investigation and identification of human bones. It will also help students gain skills in observation and rigorous record taking and in analysis and interpretation. Production of case reports and practice in acting as 'expert witness' will improve students written and oral skills. An additional objective will be to assist students in learning to deal with legal and ethical issues.

Further unit of study information


Two 1-hour lectures, one 2-hour tutorial and one 1-hour practical per week


Quiz 1 (5%), Quiz 2 (5%), Critique/review of journal article (15%), Case study report (20%), Theory exam (30%)
Practical exam (25%).


Bass, W. Human Osteology: a Laboratory and Field Manual 5th edition. Missouri Archaeological Society Columbia. 2005.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

ANAT2008 and a credit or greater in ANAT2009

An understanding of basic musculoskeletal anatomy.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.