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2016 Fall Syllabus


Drugs and Behavior

Fall 2016

Wednesday   5:30 pm to 8:30 pm  - 3 Credits



David C. Pelachick




Towanda Center


Office Hours

After scheduled classes and by appointment









  Drug Use and Abuse (7th edition) Stephen A. Maisto



   This course will provide and 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.



  1. Understand the history of drug use in the United States.
  2. Discuss the effects of drugs on the human brain and nervous system.
  3. Identify commonly used illegal street drugs and their effects on society.
  4. Identify and understand the legal and illegal use of legitimate prescription drugs.
  5. Explain the treatment and prevention of substance abuse.



     Students will be required to complete various assignments on time, participate in class and complete an independent research project and presentation.



       Students will be evaluated and graded on test results, assignments, independent research projects and class participation.


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 Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week


1 time a week


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030





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.

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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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

No cell phone use during class.   If you are going to be late or absent, please let me know prior to class starting. 



Test scores will be worth 50% of final grade.

Independent Research Project will be worth 25% of final grade.

Assignments, attendance and class participation will be worth 25% of final grade.


Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties


  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There will be no “extra credit.”




Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated either in the online or traditional classrooms. 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.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, 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.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see the 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 Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, 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 VII of 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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Carolyn Quinn, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760,  


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   


Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.



Course Schedule




Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

August 31, 2016

Course Overview/ Independent Research Project



Read Chapters 1 and 2

September 7, 2016

Drug Use and Abuse/ History of Drugs in USA

Objective 1

Read Chapter 3

September 14, 2016

Drugs and the Nervous System

Objective 2

Read Chapters 4 and 5

September 21, 2016

Pharmacology and Psychopharmacology


Read Chapter 6

September 28, 2016

Cocaine, Amphetamines and Stimulants

Objective 3

Read Chapter 7

October 5, 2016



Prepare outline for Independent Research Project

October 12, 2016

Start Independent Research Project 


Read Chapters 8 and 9

October 19, 2016

Caffeine and Alcohol


Read Chapter10

October 26, 2016


Objective 3

Read Chapter 11

November 2, 2016


Objective 3

Read Chapter 12

November 9, 2016


Objective 3

Read Chapter 13 and 14

November 16, 2016

Psychotherapeutic Medications/ Other Prescription and over-the-counter drugs

Objective 4

Read Chapter 15 and 16

November 23, 2016

Treatment/ Prevention of Substance Abuse

Objective 5

Read Chapter 15

November 30, 2016

Independent Research Project Presentations


Prepare for Final Exam

December 7, 2016

Final Exam




      Exam 1 - September 21, 2016 (Chapters 1 – 3)

      Exam 2 – October 5, 2016 (Chapters 4-6)

      Exam 3 – October 26, 2016 (Chapters 7-9)

Exam 4 – November 9, 2016 (Chapters 10 – 12)

      Exam 5 – December 7, 2016 (Chapters 13 – 16)