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Drugs and Behavior PSY 245-OA

Spring I - 2016 PSY245-OA

Three Credit Course

Instructor:         Gail Scaramuzzo, Ph.D.

Phone: 570-241-2014

E-Mail: gail.scaramuzzo@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Location:        On-line at the above e-mail address

Office Hours:            Students can reach me through the falcon’s e-mail or my cell

                                   Phone. I will answer e-mails within 24 hours and I can be reached

                                   On my cell phone between the hours of 9:30 AM and 10:00 PM.

                                   Please leave a message if I am not available and I will return your

                                   Call as soon as possible after your message is left.

 Resources and Instructional Material:

Primary Text Reference: Drugs and Behavior, McKim, Hancock, 7th Edition ISBN9780205242658

Description:

 PSY245 (formerly SSS215) - Drugs and Behavior
This course will provide an in-depth examination of the major drugs both legal and illegal used in American society. Concentration will be on the effects of recreational and prescription drugs on human health and behavior. (3 Credits)

Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student shall be able to satisfy the following outcomes and expectations:

  1. Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction.
  2. Describe the methods for gathering information about drug use and recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each method.
  3. Become aware of recent trends in illicit drug use among high school students and adults of all races and ethnic groups.
  4. Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.
  5. Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.
  6. Discuss some current methods of treating addiction.
  7. Identify the major subdivisions of the nervous system and describe their function.
  8. Complete a drug analysis paper describing a specific drug, the scope of the use of the drug in the U.S., how the drug affects the brain, the acute and chronic effects of the drug, the dependence potential of the drug, the effects of the drug on an unborn fetus, and the treatments available for people who abuse the drug.

 Requirements:

Chapter One:  Some Basic Pharmacology

Chapter Two:  Behavioral Analysis of Drug Effects

Topics Covered:

Definition and names of drugs; dosages; potency, effectiveness and side-effects; drug interactions and pharmacokinetics, routes of administration’ drug metabolism and the therapeutic window of drugs.

History of behavioral pharmacology; research types; measuring the behavior of humans; development and testing of drugs.

Chapter Three: How We Adapt to Drugs – Tolerance, Sensitization and Expectation

Chapter Four:  Neurophysiology, Neurotransmitters, and the Nervous System

Topics Covered:

Drug tolerance, withdrawal, sensitization, and expectancy and context.

Neurons, synapses, the nervous system neurotransmitters and brain inaging of drug effects.

Chapter Five: Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorders

Chapter Six:  Alcohol

Topics Covered:

Defining addiction; history of the research on drug use, addiction and physical dependence, different intervention therapies; treating drug addiction.

Source of alcohol; absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol, neuropharmacology, effects,  tolerance, alcoholism, harmful effects of acute and chronic consumption, beneficial effects of consumption and treatments of alcoholism.

Chapter Seven:  Anxiolytics and Sedative-Hypnotics

Chapter Eight:  Tobacco and Nicotine

Topics Covered:

Nature and neurophysiology of anxiety, introduction to anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics, history neurophysiology, administration and absorption, effects on the body and behavior and performance, tolerance, withdrawal, harmful effects and treatment.

Types, history distribution neurophysiology, effect on behavior and performance withdrawal symptoms, harmful effects and treatment.

Chapter Nine: Caffeine and the Methylxanthines

Chapter Ten:  Psychomotor Stimulants

Topics Discussed:

Source of Methylxanthines, use and administration, absorption, distribution, neurophysiology, withdrawal, harmful effects, and  beneficial effects.

Sources of psychomotor stimulants, history, distribution, neurophysiology, effects on the behavior and performance, tolerance, withdrawal, harmful effects and treatment.

Chapter Eleven: Opioids

Chapter Twelve: Antipsychotic Drugs

Chapter Thirteen: Antidepressants

Chapter Fourteen: Cannabis

Chapter Fifteen: Hallucinogens, Phantasticants and Club Drugs

Topics Discussed:

Nature of depression, effects of anti-depressants, tolerance, withdrawal harmful effects and other treatments for depression.

The History of Opioids, antipsychotic drugs, cannabis and hallucinogens, etc., the history, absorption, neuropharmacology, effects tolerance, withdrawal harmful effects and treatment.

 Evaluation:

On or before the first Friday of the course (January 29th, 2016), you will be asked to write an autobiography. Please make certain it is in-depth and speaks to the reasons you are choosing to obtain a college education and why you feel this course will be of benefit to you. It is listed in the Discussion section of your course and labeled “About Us”. Please poste your autobiography as a reply to my initial post. DO NOT CREATE A NEW POST. YOU WILL NOT B E GIVEN CREDIT! This will count as 20 points toward your grade. You will also be asked to complete a Course Navigation Quiz listed in the assignment area of the course as a quiz. This and the autobiography MUST be completed before the end of the first Friday of class, January 29th, 2016, by 11:30 PM. If it is not completed be 11:55 PM on, you will not be given credit. The Course Navigation Quiz must be completed in the assignment area of your course as an online quiz. It is worth 23 points. If it is not posted correctly, you will not be given credit. The course is open as of Friday, January 22nd, 2016, so this will give you enough time to complete the assignments prior to class. Remember, Procrastination causes failurE!

 Before the end of the first week of class (January 31st, 2016, at11:55 PM), you will be required to complete a syllabus quiz. This will be worth 23 points also. You will find this quiz in the assignment section of your course page as an online quiz. Please make certain that you follow the instructions. I CANNOT accept any assignment that is late or that is not submitted properly. Please don’t ask me to do this. Have a backup computer in case yours doesn’t work, give yourself enough time to make alternate arrangements if there’s a glitch. PROCRASTINATION CAUSES FAILURE!

 This is a very intense course and all assignments and requirements must be posted timely and in the right places for you to succeed. You will also find other pertinent study and research aids in the HANDOUT area. PowerPoints and directions on the mechanics required to write your research paper are listed there.  During the first week of class, after posting your autobiography, I expect you to comment on a fellow learner’s autobiography. Your teamwork assignments will begin during the second week of class and in weeks 4 and 7 after that.  I expect you to post input into the Teamwork category twice each week. One post for the article posting (Due each Wednesday at 11:55 PM) and one for the analysis of another learner’s article (Due each Sunday at 11:55 PM), (these posts do not count toward the posts required in the Discussion link as well, 8 times per week (on four different days, at least two times a day) One post each for the answers to the discussion questions (Due on each Wednesday by 11:55 PM) and then six more posts during the week.)

 N.B. The initial discussion questions and the teamwork articles must be posted before 11:55 PM each Wednesday to receive credit. Each team will be given a topic pertaining to the research papers you will have to write, that will require research. After research, an article must be posted by each team member that pertains to the topic assigned. The article must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week, in order to give other team members time to discuss and post input to each other’s articles. Each team member must read and synopsize another team member’s article each week. (Do not synopsize the same article. If the same learner’s article is synopsized by more than one team member, the team member who posts their answer first will get credit. No credit will be given for duplicate postings..) The topic must be synopsized and analyzed by commenting and giving input on each other’s posted articles. Comments and input must be posted prior to 11:55 pm at the end of each week.  Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points, up to 5points for the article and up to 5 points for the synopsis and analysis of another learner’s post. Your teamwork assignment begins on week 2, requires participation in week 4 and ends on week 7 of the course (inclusive). Teams will be assigned by me.  There will be a Topic in the Teamwork area labeled Team Group Listings for Teamwork Project. Your name will be listed in your team grouping.

 Each week you will have two (2) Threaded Discussion Topics (TDT) in which you must participate and give input. (I expect substantive answers. You must contribute pertinent content that relates to your text and submit external research you have found that will contribute to the topic discussion. Perhaps you can find something you can use in the teamwork articles that are posted.) You must respond to each topic, first giving your input regarding the topic and then participating in a discussion about the topic with fellow learners. Your grade will depend on the depth and breadth that you give to each topic. I expect to see at least two posts on four different days. (One or two sentence posts with general comments like, “great post.” or, “I wish I said that.” will not be counted. You must post at least two paragraphs of critical thought for each post. The definition of a paragraph, for this course is at least 4-5 sentences of pertinent and substantive content). One posted for each topic discussion and at least six comments posted on four different days, regarding a fellow learner’s input or input by me. (These posts will be entered in the discussion thread.) Each Discussion Question answer is worth 10 points and the six replies to fellow learners or to me are worth 3 points apiece or 18 points for the week. You must also post every week indicated in course schedule. As you know, an online course is a very condensed method of learning. I must have full participation so that we can cover all of the work necessary for you to absorb the extensive material that is being provided. I too will be participating in the Threaded Discussions as the moderator and I will interject some comments and questions. Remember: Post at least eight times a week, substantively for full credit and make certain your sources are cited in your posts for full credit (You must have at least one scholarly resource listed in each of your posts. Please DO NOT use Wikipedia as a resource. You will not get credit!). Please note that the answers to the two discussion questions must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week in order to obtain credit. It doesn’t matter what time of day that you respond, since this is an on-line course where you work at your own pace in your own time frame. However, you must post every week or you will be dropped from the course. (This is how attendance is tracked.) If you do not post each week, you will be dropped from the course. 

 So, to recap, you must answer the two discussion questions by 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week and you must post the article required in the teamwork section of the discussion page before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week listed in order to get credit for the work. This is required so that all learners will have the opportunity to have time to synopsize the articles posted and create in-depth discussion of the topics each week.

 Discussion Rubric:

38 points per week 

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 Posts , submitted by Wednesday of each week by 11:30 PM) 

 20

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least 6 more replies, on 4 different days, to fellow learners and/or the instructor.

18

 

 

 

Make certain you use correct grammar, spelling and syntax. Also make certain you use proper netiquette

-2

 

 

 

Please respond to other learners and to your instructor in a civil manner using proper netiquette. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Scholarly input is educational not adversarial. We can certainly disagree without becoming disagreeable.

 

 

 

 

To make certain you understand, remember and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical . Responses such as, “I like what you said”, “I see”, “I agree”, or “Good thinking” are NOT acceptable. You must also make certain you don’t repeat what others have said. You will not receive credit for these types of answers.

 

 

 

 

Read the Good Discussions document in the HANDOUTS and LINKS section of the course. It will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class.

 

 

 

 

Be certain all responses are clear and detailed and are posted at least two times on four different days, to total 8 posts each week. The initial posts for the discussion questions are included, but they must be posted by Wednesday of each week by 11:55 PM.

 

 

 

 

Make certain that all responses are detailed and relate to the course readings and notes, your own everyday lie, or both. This will ensure that you provide your fellow learners with something that is not generic and will help all of us learn from what you have contributed.

 

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY TEAMWORK CONTENT:

38

 

 

 There will be several Topics listed. They will be labeled as General FAQs; General Questions; What Do I Have To Do This Week; About Us (Post Your autobiography here); Teamwork (Discussion and Article Synopsis and Posting and Discussion Questions (DQ 1 and DQ 2 and Rubrics). The General FAQs Topic thread is self-explanatory. Please read it carefully and follow the directions. The What Do I Have to Do This Week topic will give you general information about what is required each week of this course. The Topics called About Us is also self-explanatory. The Topic called General Questions is an area where you can post questions that may be of interest to all fellow learners. If you have a personal question, please call me or e-mail me for a personal response. This section will also list some things that will help you to succeed during the course. The Topics called Discussion Questions is the area in which you answer the two questions that will be posted each week, and where you will post answers to other learners’ questions and posts. The Topic called Teamwork is an area where I require research. After research, an article must be posted by each team member that pertains to the topic assigned. The Rubric section gives the definition of the requirements for your assignments. You will find these in the Assignment section of your course also.

 Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

Each week you will be given a subject to research. Each member of the team will find a "scholarly" article to contribute on the topic (This article must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week) and then each team member will read another team member's article and create a synopsis of the article, then post the synopsis as a reply and explain how it pertains to one of the papers that are listed as approved topics for the research paper due before 11:55 PM on March 6th 2016 at the end of the sixth week of the course. The articles must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week and the synopsis must be posted before 11:55 PM at the end of each week (Sundays at 11:55 PM). The topics that will be researched will be used to help you to create your research paper. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member, since the assignments will be geared toward research for the three topics that are listed for the papers. Please contact me immediately if you have any questions.

Please note that this assignment is meant to help you with your research. Utilization of the articles posted by you and/or fellow learners may be used when creating your papers. However, if you choose, you may use other resources and are not required to use the articles posted.

 Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to 5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.)Your teamwork assignment begins on week 2 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me. This research will assist you in the creation of your final paper. If each of you research the topic in the Teamwork topic area it will help all of you because you will have information to be used for your papers that is collected by the team groups, instead of individually. Make certain your articles are pertinent and a lot of the work for your papers will be complete before you start! Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit, neither will duplicate synopses.

There is one paper for this course, due by March 6th, 2016 by 11:55 PM. This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least six to eight scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page. This shouldn’t be difficult if you use the Teamwork topic resource on your discussion page). The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page for specific information.) The paper should be between 6-8 pages. I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a cover page, abstract page and separate reference page are not included or are not correct. The topics for this paper will be listed in the course schedule later in the syllabus body, in the Handout section and in Week Six of the Course. The topic must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources (remember the Teamwork section). Please make certain that you understand what is required for this paper. You may contact me with any questions you have and I will clarify them for you. If you don’t, you will jeopardize your grade. Remember…Procrastination leads to failure!

 In response to your assignments, your grades will include the following format:

  1. What was expected (see the criteria listed above)?
  2. What you did well (I will comment at the end of your paper).
  3. Where you could improve (I will comment at the end of your paper).
  4. Writing skills (Since you are a college student, I will require that you provide scholarly writing and resources. PLEASE do not use Wikipedia as a resource. It will not count, and I will deduct 2 points if it is used.) Use the Online Writing Lab if you are having problems.
  5. Why you received the grade that you did (I will explain at the end of your paper).

 Please feel free to call on me to discuss any difficulties you may be having. Again, I respond to all e-mail within 24 hours. You may also post general questions on the course page in the GENERAL QUESTIONS posting area on the course page. I answer telephone calls between the hours of 9:30 AM and 10:00 PM each day the course is in session. If I don’t answer immediately, leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

 Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:

 

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 

 

Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)

 

0

Maximum days allowed without discussion

0

  Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar. (See your handbook).

 To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

 Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 Instructor Policies

  • All assignments labeled to be sent to the file exchange, must be sent to the file exchange in the assignment portion of your course page, on time and complete before the deadline. Any assignment or paper sent late will not receive any credit. There is no grace period. I cannot accept ANY assignment as an attachment to an email. It cannot be tracked. Please don’t send it to me through that platform.
  • All students must use their falcons e-mail and my falcons e-mail to contact me. Anything sent from another e-mail account will not be answered since I may not recognize it.  NO EXCEPTIONS, PLEASE!
  • If you are having problems submitting any of your assignments to the course page, file exchange or e-mail, please contact technical support@lackawanna.edu  OR 570-504-1584. Main Campus Room 217.

Grading:

This course is graded on a point scale. 500 points equals a grade of 100 percent. 

 You are required to submit one paper, post in the discussion area at least 8 times each week, deliver input into the Teamwork section consisting of research articles and synopsis and analysis of these articles during the time lines listed in the syllabus and complete the course navigation quiz, syllabus quiz  as well as your autobiography on time and completely. You will be graded on all five weeks of work. 

Course Navigation Quiz before Friday, October 23, 2015                20 points

Autobiography                                                                                           23 points

Syllabus quiz                                                                                           23 points

8 weeks of 2 discussion questions    (read schedule for direction)    160 points (up to 10 points for each discussion question answer, each week)

6 posts for participation each week on 4 different days (42 posts     144 points (18 points each week)

Teamwork posts each week, to include article posting and synopsis and analysis of another team members’ article (read daily schedule for direction)     (3 weeks ) 10 points  (up to 5 points for article 5 points for synopsis each week to equal 10 points each week total)                                                                     30 Points

6-8 page research paper in APA style with at least 6-8 scholarly

References listed on a separate reference page, an abstract, a cover page and

APA formatting and style, Deductions will be made for mistakes in

Grammar, syntax and spelling                                                              100 points

 TOTAL POINTS FOR COURSE                                                                 500 points

 The grade scale below is the ONLY grade scale to be used. On occasion, the portal grading area has a different scale. The scale below is accurate and your grade will be calculated from the percentages you earn using the scale below.

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

 There will be no “extra credit” for course work. If your paper is not handed in on time, you will receive a zero

  • If you do not post each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added in the discussion and teamwork area, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 Academic Integrity

 Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation. When you complete the plagiarism quiz, you attest to the fact that you understand and will not be involved in plagiarism of any sort.

The following include but are not limited to the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 Disability Statement

 Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms. Christine Kiehardt in the academic development office to discuss your options.

 Equal Opportunity Statement:

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. Dan Lamagna, Student Services, Suite 105, First Floor, Main Campus Building, Room 105-E, 570- 504-1579.

 Course Schedule

 

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Day One

General Overview of course

Creates the groundwork for functional participation in course

Scavenger Hunt, Plagiarism Quiz and Syllabus Quiz

 

Weeks One through Eight

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week One

Basic pharmacology, behavior analysis of drug effects

Objectives  #1through #7

 

Research articles and discussion of pertinent information in specific to chapters 1 and 2 in the text

Week  Two

How humans adapt to drugs, neurophysiology, substance abuse and addictive disorders

Objectives #1, #3, #6

Review of assigned teamwork project and assessment of discussion input. Review of Chapters 3, 4, and 5

Week Three

Alcohol usage, anxiolytics and sedative-hypnotics

Objectives #1, #3, #6

Teamwork project input examines the depth of knowledge each learner brings to the table. Review of Chapters 6 and 7 .

Week Four

Tobacco and Nicotine use; caffeine and Methylxanthines usage; psychomotor stimulants usage.

Objectives #1, #2, #4#5 and #6

 

Review of ongoing research for paper in the teamwork section. Article postings pertaining to topic. Review of Chapters 9 and 10

Week Five

Antipsychotic drugs, and Opioids

Objectives #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6

Input from learners regarding the topic in the discussion area indicates growing knowledge of the subject. Review of Chapters 11 and 12..

Week Six

Antidepressants.

Objectives #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #8

Input from learners will document the strengths and weaknesses so that individual attention can continue to be given at this point in the course. The assignments in the teamwork section will support assessment of the goals that require achievement. Research Paper will assess content learned. 13 will be reviewed.

 

Week Seven

Cannabis and Hallucinogens, Phantasticants and Club Drugs

Objective Objectives #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7

The assignments in the teamwork section will support assessment of the goals that require achievement. Chapters 14 and 15 will add depth to the discussion.

Week Eight

This week’s discussion is student-based and is used to determine and assess the student satisfaction and outcomes learners feel they have completed since beginning the course.

Objective #1 through #8

Review of all Chapters. Analysis of input from learners regarding their assessment of their satisfaction regarding their education regarding sociology as a whole and the problems and their resolution.

  

Each week you will respond to two Threaded Discussion Topics. All assignments must be submitted by 11:55 PM of the day they are due.  (The discussion question answers must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesdays and the Article in the Teamwork section must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesdays also).

  You are also required to submit one (1) paper during week six. It must be submitted through the file exchange.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to post topic input each week  with a minimum of eight postings, one to answer each discussion question (2 initial posts, due on Wednesday of each week at 11:55 PM) and six other posts  to respond to another learner’s post for each topic (6 posts) on four different days.  (Don’t forget to list your scholarly resources in APA format in each of your replies).

You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion section of the course on the weeks listed. Please make certain you participate in all the weeks posted. These weeks are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences. You will be given a topic and must research and post a scholarly article that is pertinent to the topic given. This article must be posted in the teamwork section by Wednesday of each week by 11:55 PM. The analysis of other learner’s articles must be posted by Sunday of each week by 11:55 PM.

 Each week you will respond to two Threaded Discussion Topics. All assignments must be submitted by 11:55 PM of the day they are due.  (The initial discussion question answers must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesdays and the Article in the Teamwork section must be posted prior to 11:55 PM on Wednesdays also).

  You are required to submit one (1) paper. It must be submitted through the file exchange.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to post topic input each week  with a minimum of eight postings, one to answer each discussion question (2 posts before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM) and six other posts  to respond to another learner’s post for each topic (6 posts before the end of each week, Sundays at 11:55 PM).

You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion section of the course on the weeks listed. Please make certain you participate in all the weeks posted. These days are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences. (Don’t forget, your article must be posted before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM to receive credit).

Week One:

  1. Completion of Course Navigation Quiz.

You will be required to complete the Course Navigation Quiz listed in the Assignment section of this course before Friday, January 29th, 2016at 11:55 PM. This quiz is worth 23 points.  No credit will be given if the Quiz is not completed by 11:55 PM on Friday, January 29th, 2016. No exceptions!

  1. Complete Autobiography.

I would like each student to introduce himself or herself, as I feel this is a very good way to validate how important each of you are. We can recognize the diversity of people and experiences present in the “classroom” and create an atmosphere of informality, safety and mutual respect. I would also like for you to tell me why you chose this course and what you expect to learn from it. Your biography posting is worth 20 points. This autobiography must be completed by Friday, October 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM.

 Week One: January 25th to January 31st, 2016

#1 Complete Autobiography. Complete Course Navigation Quiz and Syllabus Quiz.

#2 Complete Discussion Questions one and two.

#3  Read Chapter One and Two and Three for this week’s discussion.

#4  Read Instructions and information regarding your research paper for this course.

 #1  I would like each student to introduce himself or herself, as I feel this is a very good way to validate how important each of you are. We can recognize the diversity of people and experiences present in the “classroom” and create an atmosphere of safety and mutual respect. I would also like for you to tell me why you chose this course and what you expect to learn from it. Your biography posting is worth 20 points.

You will also be required to complete the Course Navigation Quiz listed in the Assignment section of this course. This must be completed on or before Friday, January 29th, 2016at 11:55 PM.  You are also required to complete the syllabus quiz during the first week of the course.  The syllabus quiz and the Course Navigation Quiz are worth 23 points each. and I will not accept any Course Navigation Quiz handed in after Friday, January 29th, 2016at 11:55 PM and/or a Syllabus quiz that is handed in after the end of the first week of class Sunday January 31st, 2016R 11:55 PM. As well as your autobiography assignment, please also answer the following questions:

  1. What basic knowledge do you have at present, regarding Drugs and the Behaviors that accompany their use? What do you expect to learn after taking this course?
  2. Before reading your text, what groups do you perceive as a “drug abuse”? How would you define the term at present?
  3. Please read Chapters , 1, and 2 for This week’s discussion.

 #4 Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

  1. Each week you will be given a subject to research. Each member of the team will find a "scholarly" article to contribute on the subject and then each team member will read another team member's article and create a synopsis of the article and then post the synopsis as a reply and explain how it pertains to one of the papers that are listed as approved topics for the research paper due on March 6th, 2016 at 11:55 PM. The articles must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week and the synopsis must be posted before 11:55 PM by the end of the week (Sunday at 11:55 PM). The topics that will be researched can be used to create your research paper. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward research for the three topics that are listed for the papers. Please contact me immediately if you have any questions.

 Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to 5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.)Your teamwork assignment begins on week 2 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me. Check the Team Listing Topic to see in which team you will participate. This research will assist you in the creation of your final paper. If each of you research the topic in the Teamwork topic area it will help all of you because you will have information to be used for your papers that is collected by the team groups, instead of individually. Make certain your articles are pertinent and a lot of the work for your papers could be completed before you start! Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit. Neither will duplicate synopses or duplicate analyses.

 #5 You are required to write a 6-8 page paper. Here are the instructions:

There is one paper for this course, due at the end of the 6th week of the course (March 6th, 201), before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page for information.) The paper should be between 6-8 pages. (Less than at least 6 FULL pages will cause a deduction. The title page, the abstract page and the reference page do not count toward the total number of pages for the report). I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct.  The topic is listed below (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners).  Provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts. Please create your paper on this topic:

 Complete a drug analysis paper describing a specific drug, the scope of the use of the drug in the U.S., how the drug affects the brain, the acute and chronic effects of the drug, the dependence potential of the drug, the effects of the drug on an unborn fetus, and the treatments available for people who abuse the drug.

 Week One: Monday, January 25th, to Sunday January 31st, 2016

Chapters One and Two will be discussed

Description:  Threaded Discussions:

  1. Explain why administration of gaseous anesthetics hardly ever lead to an overdose. Compare gases to inhalation of smoke. What is the difference?
  2. Which part of the drug development process is the most important, in your opinion – pre-clinical, clinical, or post-surveillance? Explain your answer.
  1. Please read Chapters 3, 4 and 5 for next week’s  discussion
  2. Please check your Team listings for next week’s Teamwork assignment
  3. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 Week Two: Monday, February 1st to Sunday, February 7th, 2016

 Chapters Four and Five will be discussed.

 Threaded Discussions:

  1. Describe three ways how drugs can interfere with neurotransmission in the synapse. Can this change in brain chemistry be documented on an MRI or PET scan? Are the scans useful?
  2. Do you think that drug dependence is based on wanting the drug rather than liking the drug? How would you create the optimal” drug treatment program? What is your rationale? Support it with research.
  3. Please read Chapters Six and Seven for next week’s discussion
  4. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.
  5. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 Week Three: Monday, February 8th to Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Chapters 6 and 7 will be discussed.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Do women and men have different “first-pass” metabolism versus men? Discuss in detail the types of tolerance alcohol can cause and how it impacts performance. There are two popular methodologies used today to treat alcoholism, (Alcoholics Anonymous treatment program and pharmacological treatment options), Discuss which is seen to have the higher rate of success?
  2. If someone is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), should a physician prescribe anxiolytics only for that patient, or should that physician consider additional therapy options as well.
  3. 3.  Please read Chapters 8, 9 and 10 for next week’s discussion.
  4.        Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

    Week Four, Monday, Monday February 15th to Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Chapters 8, 9 and 10 will be discussed.

  Threaded Discussions:

 Discuss the history of tobacco use in America. When were the health hazards of tobacco use discovered? How long after their discovery were interventions and public information disseminated to the public? Should caffeine be regulated as a drug? Are there health hazards connected to caffeine use? Are there benefits. What is your opinion and is there research that confirms your opinion?

  1. How rapidly do the harmful effects of cocaine begin after use and how long does it take for someone to become addicted?
  2. Please read Chapters 11 and 12 for next week’s discussion.
  3.                          Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.
  4. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.

 Week Five, Monday, February 22nd to Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Chapters 11 and 12 will be discussed.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Do you think that after many years of heroine abuse, addicts in their thirties and forties can spontaneously discontinue using the drug? Have there been research studies that have information regarding this phenomenon? If so, what is it called?
  2. Are there certain symptoms that are apparent at the onset of schizophrenia? If so, can you describe them and support your input? What treatments are available for those who are afflicted with this disease? Have the treatments changed recently?
  3. Please read Chapter13 for next week’s discussion.
  4. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 Week Six, Monday. February 29th to Sunday March 6th, 2016

Chapter 13 will be discussed.

Note Well:

YOUR RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE THIS WEEK BY 11:55 PM, ON March 6th, 2016. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN IT IS UPLOADED THROUGH THE FILE EXCHANGE BEFORE THAT TIME. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE MET ALL THE CRITERIA FOR THE PAPER. I HAVE GIVEN YOU INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE SCHEDULE, ON THE HOME PAGE AND IN THE HANDOUT SECTION OF THIS COURSE. I EXPECT THAT YOUR PAPERS WILL BE SPLENDID. DON’T DISAPPOINT YOURSELVES. GOOD LUCK!

You are required to write a 6-8 page paper. Here are the instructions:

There is one paper for this course, due on Sunday, March 6th, 2016, before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page for information.) The paper should be between 6-8 pages. I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct.  The topic is listed below (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners).  Provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts. Please create your paper on this topic:

 Complete a drug analysis paper describing a specific drug, the scope of the use of the drug in the U.S., how the drug affects the brain, the acute and chronic effects of the drug, the dependence potential of the drug, the effects of the drug on an unborn fetus, and the treatments available for people who abuse the drug.

 Threaded Discussions:

 Do you think that stress can cause depression? Discuss why placebos may often be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression.

  1. Do you think that drug use on Lackawanna campus is pervasive or minimal? Discuss how you think discovery of student drug use should be handled.
  2. Read Chapter 15 for Monday’s discussion.
  3. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

   Week Seven, Monday, March 7th, to Sunday, March 13th, 2016

Chapter 15 will be discussed.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Is there any legitimate use for LSD in psychotherapy? Discuss usage and how it may be effective.
  2. Have you ever been in the presence of someone who may have ingested a “club drug”? Which do you think are the most harmful and which do you think is most safe to use?
  3. Please make certain you complete the student evaluation for this course.
  4. Please answer the questions in week eight in order to complete this course properly.
  5. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.
  6. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

Week Eight, Monday, March 14th to Friday, March 18th, 2016

  1. Please discuss the changes in your thought process since taking this course. Please list what you have learned and how it will impact the way you view drugs and behavior going forward.
  2. Please list any changes and improvements that can be made to this course in order to help me and future learners to get the best possible results.

Examinations:

Your paper will be considered as an examination Therefore they should be substantive and reflect your knowledge and ability to research the subjects so that it can be determined that you have absorbed the material being taught.

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