College: Liberal Arts
REPORT ON RECERTIFICATION OF W COURSE: ANTH 423
We recommend that ANTH 423 Bioarcheology be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (9/15 to 9/19). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:
- Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 45%
- Course content appropriate to the major
- Total number of words: 4750
- Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:15
Students write a research paper and two lab assignments. The research papers are turned in as drafts and get formative feedback in the form of written comments from the instructor or Graduate Teaching Assistant (if one is assigned to the class). The feedback on the two lab assignments is also relevant to the research paper. The use of Turnitin.com is encouraged. The instructor gives a lecture on scientific report writing, and the professional articles students read for the course are analyzed and discussed for writing as well as content. Evans Library instructs students on research and bibliographic software, and the University Writing Center presents on avoiding plagiarism.
No significant changes have been made since original certification was granted.