Course: Physical Anthropology

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Course title Physical Anthropology
Course code KAZ/BPHAQ
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
1. A brief overview of the historical development of anthropology. Definition of the term anthropology, the object and aims of anthropology. Status of anthropology amongst natural and social sciences. The current concept of anthropology division. 2. Physical anthropology - definition, object, aims. Methods of physical anthropology. 3. Organic patterns, affecting individual development. 4. Anthropometry - definition, anthropometric principles, practical importance of somatometry. 5. Anthropometric points ? definition, division, indexes, relative dimensions, measurement errors. 6. Anthropometric points on the head, torso and extremities. 7. Organization of anthropometric researches, division of anthropometric researches, form of performing measurements, research planning, record sheet. Basic anthropometric measuring procedures. 8. Anthropologic research in our country (nation-wide anthropologic researches, researches as part of the Czechoslovak Spartakiads, International biological programme, and others). 9. Body composition. Current models of body composition. Biochemical and biophysical methods. 10. Assessment and analysis of body composition by the means of anthropometric methods (BMI, WHR, AGR, methods of measuring skin folds, Matiegky method). 11. Typology - type definition, constitutional type, functional type, type stipulation. 12. French typological school. Italian typological school. German typological school. Typology according to Lindegard and Sheldon. 13. Typology according to Heath-Carter adaptation (somatotype categories, indexes SDD, SDI, SAD, SAM). 14. Human races - definition, the origin of human races, racial typology. Evidence of equivalence of human races.

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