Course: Physical Anthropology

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Course title Physical Anthropology
Course code KAZ/FYANZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise + On-line Activities
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
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, Demonstration, Training in job and motor Skils
  • Homework for Teaching - 54 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Physical anthropology is a critical basis for other anthropological disciplines. It is interested in the origins and the development of humans. It studies the human variability and its causes in the past and today. Attention is directed to problems of growth and development, body structure, the development of an individual as well as of the species, anthropological types, the basis of research in anthropology including the somato-metrical and -scopic methods, physiological and biochemical methods, and methods in molecular anthropology.
completing discipline the student's ability to detect virtually selected physical parameters and adequate procedures to process and evaluate
knowledge of human anatomy, especially skeletal and muscular system in relation to anthropometric survey points on the body of the proband

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam

90% participation in tutorials
Recommended literature
  • . (2005). Dlouhodobé změny růstu české dětské populace. Čes-slov. Pediat., č. 60(5), s. 274-280..
  • Beneš, J. (1993). Antropologie. Brno.
  • BLÁHA, P., KREJČOVSKÝ, L., JIROUTOVÁ, L., KOBZOVÁ, J., SEDLAK, P., BRABEC, M., RIEDLOVÁ, J., VIGNEROVÁ, J. (2006). Somatický vývoj současných českých dětí (Semilongitudinální studie).. Praha: Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy; Státní zdravotní ústav.
  • BLÁHA, P., VIGNEROVÁ, J., RIEDLOVÁ, J., KOBZOVÁ, J., KREJČOVSKÝ, L., BRABEC, M. (2005). 6. celostátní antropologický výzkum dětí a mládeže 2001. Česká republika (Základní tělesné charakteristiky 0-19 let, Percentilové grafy 0-18 let, Rozměry hlavy dětí 0-6 let). . Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy; Státní zdravotní ústav.
  • Fetter V. (1967). Antropologie. Praha ČSAV.
  • Klementa, J. et al. (1981). Somatologie a antropologie. Praha: SPN.
  • VIGNEROVÁ, J., BLÁHA, P. (2001). Sledování růstu českých dětí a dospívajících (Norma, vyhublost, obezita).. Praha.
  • VIGNEROVÁ, J., RIEDLOVÁ, J., BLÁHA, P., KOBZOVÁ, J., KREJČOVSKÝ, L., BRABEC, M., HRUŠKOVÁ, M. (2006). 6. celostátní antropologický výzkum dětí a mládeže 2001 Česká republika. Praha: PřF UK a SZÚ, 2006. 238 s. ISBN 80-86561-30-5. Praha: Přírodovědecká fakulta Univerzity Karlovy; Státní zdravotní ústav.

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