Course: Physical Anthropology

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Course title Physical Anthropology
Course code KAZ/BPFAQ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise + On-line Activities
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Sofková Tereza, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
anthropological researches ? history, types, organizations, areas for using results, significant personalities of Czech and world anthropology; fundamentals of standard anthropological methodologies (anthropometric points, instrumentarium, methodology of measuring and practical ascertaining of body dimensions); ways of statistical processing of data, presenting and interpreting of results (growth tables, growth curves, percentile charts); ways of assessing an individual/file (z-score, morphograms, percentile bands, ?Growth CZ? programme); assessing body proportionality (proportional indexes and relative dimensions, weight-height ration, BMI, WHR); the possibility of final body height prediction (prediction equation); secular trends in evolvement of Czech/world population; typological systems; methods for estimating body composition; dynamometrics; fundamentals of dactyloscopy and somatoscopy.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Demonstration, Training in job and motor Skils
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is aimed at providing students with basic knowledge and teaching them practical skills in the area of physical anthropology. Students will be introduced to history and development of anthropology, as well as its current status in human sciences system. Students will be introduced to organizing anthropological researches, basic anthropometric methods and their practical exercise. Students will learn to use basic methods for determining body composition, evaluating the state of nutrition, constitution and proportionality of an individual. At the same time, students will be explained basic statistical methods for processing and evaluating anthropological researches results. Students will be introduced to physical anthropology findings and their applications in various fields of human activities and social life.
Students acquire the fundamental basis for the study of other human sciences as well as an understanding of the basic principles of specialization and integration of Sciences.
Knowledge of somatology, physiology and human history (and human society).

Assessment methods and criteria
Analysis of Activities ( Technical works), Didactic Test

- elaboration of protocols from tutorials - practical training of anthropometric methods - 80% participation in tutorials - elaboration of protocols from tutorials in accordance with an assignment is a prerequisite for registering for a colloquium
Recommended literature
  • Kopecký, M. (2006). Somatický a motorický vývoj 7 až 15letých chlapců a dívek v olomouckém regionu. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2006. 192 s. ISBN 80-244-1281-0. Olomouc: UP.
  • Riegerová, J., Přidalová, M., & Ulbrichová, M. (2006). Aplikace fyzické antropologie v tělesné výchově a sportu: (příručka funkční antropologie). Olomouc: Hanex.
  • VIGNEROVÁ, J., BLÁHA, P. (2001). Sledování růstu českých dětí a dospívajících (Norma, vyhublost, obezita).. Praha.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Education Health education with focus on education (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter
Faculty of Education Health education with focus on education (BB16) Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Winter