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Syllabus and Class Schedule

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

Spring 2017

PSY245AA: Drugs & Behavior

3 Credits

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00am-11:00am

Room 202

                                       

Instructor

Dr. Sharon A. Nazarchuk

Phone

(570) 504-7957

Office

Healey Hall: Room 242

E-mail

 

nazarchuks@lackawanna.edu

 

Office Hours                      

11am-12:30 on Tuesday and Thursday & by appointment

 

 

Be sure to read this syllabus over thoroughly. The course syllabus is considered a contract between instructor and students. Your continued enrollment in the course equates to your signature on the contract, indicating your agreement to abide by the terms of this contract.

Text

Maisto, Stephen A., Mark Galizio, and Gerald J. Connors, (2015). Drug Use and Abuse. 7th Edition. Cengage Learning.

Description

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.

Objectives

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

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT: 

There will be one in-class assignment worth 10% of your final grade. Students will work in groups of two or three (no more than three) and each group will cover any area in this course that they find interesting.  You do not have to approve your topic with me, but I will be happy to give you direction or answer any questions you may have regarding this project.  You will present your material during class on the assigned day.  All members of the group must participate, but I will leave the sharing of the assignments up to each individual group.  You will be graded on content, presentation, manner of dress, how much effort you have put into this project and how you respond to questions asked by the class.  You may use audio or visual props.  I strongly urge students to use PowerPoint for their presentations, but again, this is your assignment.  Due date:  Monday, March 20th.

Again, this assignment is worth 10% towards your final grade.  If you do not participate, you will be given a “0”.  I do not want to hear how you weren’t in class and didn’t know about this project since I am giving ample time (the first day of class) for you to be prepared for this work.

Requirements

DRUG ANALYSIS PAPER:

This assignment is also worth 10% of your final grade.  For this assignment you will 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. The paper needs to be 3-4 pages, double spaced and a reference page if you take something from another author.

You can see on the class schedule when this paper is due (Wednesday, April 19th). 

Assignments are expected to be turned in on the day indicated. I will NOT accept any late papers. You are being given ample time to submit this paper.

EVALUATION:

I expect students to attend class and to participate. You need to keep up with the reading and be prepared for each class.

Once you have missed the allotted number of absences, you will be dropped from the course.

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

6

2 times a week 4

4

1 time a week 2

2

Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030

3

 

For students to successfully complete their college work, regular class attendance is necessary. Attendance is important to you in that the things I emphasize in lectures are often the things that show up on exams. Although those things are usually also emphasized in the text, attendance in class makes it easier to understand and learn important terms and concepts, and familiarizes you with the language I use when addressing those topics. Lax attendance also shows your attitude toward this class and its subject matter. Students with excessive absences (defined by the above scale) may be dropped from the class. For these reasons attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class period. Attendance is not counted as part of the grade, however.

I have a sign-in sheet that you must sign in order to be considered present. It is on the desk for you to sign if you come in early. I will pass it around for the first five minutes of class so if you come in later than this, you are considered absent.

I will have you sign in in blue ink and after ten minutes anyone who comes in late signs in red ink. Three red signatures count as an absence.

Excused absences are counted in with the number of absences allowed, so you are allowed six and six only no matter what the reason is (excused or not).

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 Counseling Office, 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:

Grades are non-negotiable. 

Do not phone or e-mail me at the end of the semester and ask for a grade change.  You grade will reflect exactly what you have earned. I will not give any extra credit assignments for students who did not do well all semester and then need a higher grade for whatever reason.

Do not come into the classroom late.

I will NOT tolerate students coming into the classroom late.  If you are late you will not be allowed in class and this will count as an absence.  You know class begins at 10AM so make provisions to be here on time.  Students cannot just enter the classroom whenever they feel like as it is disrupting to the class in progress.

There will not be any electronic equipment in use during the class.

All cell phones are to be put away when entering this classroom. I will not tolerate any student text messaging during class.  If you are caught doing this, you will be asked to leave the room and not return.  Headphones are to be removed before entering the classroom. I do not want to see any cell phones on your desk.

Hoods and baseball hats:

These are to be removed when you enter the classroom unless you are of the religion that you must keep your head covered. I am respectful of all religions.

PARTICIPATION:

At the college level, the role of the professor is to construct a context for learning.

Learning—and the development of the course—depends on student engagement.

Knowledge is not transmitted, but actively created.

Participation during class:

  • Note-taking.
  • Listening to your colleagues.
  • Contributing comments based on the reading.
  • Giving other students a chance to speak.

MISSED WORK AND MAKE-UPS: 

You will be responsible for any work or assignments you miss.  Your class schedule lists the dates and the material that will be covered.  Sometimes, we deviate from the schedule or we may have class in a different area, so it is your responsibility to know what is happening in class.  I suggest you get in touch with a fellow classmate if you miss class.  It is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class. The dates of the exams are clearly marked on the class schedule, but if for some reason you cannot take the exam, you must see me ahead of time to make alternative arrangements.  I do not give the same exam for make-ups nor do I give any make-up exam for the final unless you miss for a very good reason.  If you miss an exam, you have 24-hours to get in touch with me and schedule a make-up.  Do not come into class after the exam and ask for a make-up.  Again, e-mail or call me to schedule a make-up exam and to give me your reason for missing the exam. It is the student's responsibility to initiate this discussion.

Throughout the semester we have group projects which are unannounced. The project are worth different point values according to what they are. The points will be applied to the following exam. If you are not in class you cannot earn these extra points so I strongly urge you to attend class.

 

GRADING:

In-class assignment                   10%

Drug Analysis Paper                 10%

Exam #1                                     20%

Exam #2                                     20%

Exam #3                                     20%

Exam #4                                     20%

Total                                          100%

 

GRADES AND EXAMS: 

I DO NOT give you your grades, you earn them.  Please do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments.  This would not be fair to those who attended classes and did well on their exams.  If you are having difficulty, see me before the end of the semester.  There will be four exams each worth 20% of your final grade, one in-class assignment worth 10% of your final grade, and one picture reflection paper worth 10% of your final grade.  The exams will cover all of the material prior to the date of the exam, but nothing from the previous exam, in other words the exams are not comprehensive.  Format of the exams are multiple choice, matching, and true/false.  The dates of the exams are clearly listed on your Class Schedule and are also listed on the portal. 

 

Below are the corresponding numerical scores and the letter grades.

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

 

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.

The following are among 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.

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 academic development 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, piggam@lackawanna.edu

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, QuinnC@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.  

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 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: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

PORTFOLIO AND COURSEWORK:

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, assessing 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

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

August 29th: week 1

Introductions & cover syllabus

 

 

1

Some Basic Pharmacology

Describe the methods for gathering information about drug use and recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

PowerPoint lectures with class participation and discussion; U- tube Video

2

Drug Use: Yesterday and Today

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

PowerPoint lectures with class discussions

3

Drugs and the Nervous System

Pharmacology

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.  

Identify the major subdivisions of the nervous system and describe their function.

In-class research project working in groups

4

Psychopharmacology and New Drug Development

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

Describe the methods for gathering information about drug use and recognize the advantages and disadvantages of each method

PowerPoint lectures; Class discussion; Short U-tube video

5

Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Related Stimulants

Become aware of recent trends in illicit drug use among high school students and adults of all races and ethnic groups.

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

In-class project; PowerPoint Lecture with class discussion

6 & 7

Nicotine

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

 

 

Video; PowerPoint lecture; Class discussion

8

Caffeine and Alcohol

Discuss some current methods of treating addiction.

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

PowerPoint lectures; In-class project; Class discussion;

9

Opiates

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

Class discussion to enhance the PowerPoint discussions;

10

Marijuana

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

Identify the major subdivisions of the nervous system and describe their function.

PowerPoint discussions with class participation

11

Hallucinogens

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

Class participation with PowerPoint discussions;

 

12

Psychotherapeutic Medications

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

PowerPoint and class discussions; Video

13

Over-the counter Drugs

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

Class participation and PowerPoint lectures

14

Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Become aware of recent trends in illicit drug use among high school students and adults of all races and ethnic groups.

Distinguish among illicit drug use, deviant drug use, drug misuse, drug abuse, and drug addiction

Discuss some current methods of treating addiction.

In-class project;

PowerPoint lectures with class participation

Examinations

All exams are held in this room, 202, and will be multiple choice, true and false, as well as some essays. The exams will also cover the articles we read in class.

Schedule for the semester:

Monday, January 23rd: Introductions and discuss syllabus

Exam #1: Monday, February 6th

Exam #2: Monday, February 27th

In-class assignment: Monday, March 20th

Exam #3: Monday, March 27th 

Interview Paper: Wednesday, April 19th

Exam #4: Monday, May 8th from 10:10am-12:10pm

 

FINAL COMMENTS:

Throughout the course, each student should keep a record of his/her grades so you should have a very good idea of how you are doing.  I DO NOT change any grades unless I have made a mathematical error; you get exactly what you earn so do not ask for a higher grade because you need it to pass or to increase your GPA. 

All lectures are given via PowerPoint and these can be found on the portal.  You need to read each chapter in your text in conjunction with the PowerPoints. Each chapter of PowerPoints are on the portal so there is no excuse for not reading and studying them. The PowerPoints may not make sense unless you read the chapters.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me; don’t wait until the end of the Semester to voice them.  Do not come to me before the final exam and ask what you need to pass the course. Do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments to bring up your grade.  This is not fair to those who have attended class and did well on their exams and in-class assignments. If you are having any problems I will make every reasonable effort to help you.  If you want to learn about Drugs and Behavior, I am willing to help you learn. Make sure you have a text and keep up with the readings and the PowerPoints.

This schedule may be changed for any unforeseen reason. Please check with a fellow student if you are not in class to know what is required for each class.

 

I wish you the best of luck with your other courses!