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.
Classes: Two 1-hour lectures. Practical Work: One 1 or 2-hour tutorial and one 1 or 2-hour practical per week (a total of 3 hours in the lab per week). The tutorial is aimed at understanding the methods used in forensic osteology while the practicals allow students to apply the knowledge gained to actual skeletal cases.
Quiz 1 (5%), Quiz 2 (5%), Critique/review of journal article (15%), Case study report (20%), Theory exam (30%) Practical exam (25%).
White, T.D. and P.A Folkens, 2005 The Human Bone Manual. Elsevier, NY.
BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3 or MEDS1X01
ANAT2008 and a mark of 65 or above in ANAT2009Prohibitions
BMED2401 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2404 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808