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Fall 2017 Drugs and Behavior Syllabus


Standardized Syllabus

Psy 245 AB - Syllabus

Mon-Wed, 2:30-4, 3 credits



Rebecca Tomlinson, M.Ed



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Office phone: 570-504-7960


Healey Hall, Room 228


Office Hours

Mon/Wed: 1-2; Thurs 10-11

*Other hours by appointment





  1. A. Maisto, M. Galizio, & G. J. Connors. (2015) Drug Use and Abuse. 7th Edition Cengage Learning:

                Stamford, CT.




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.



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.



Class Participation and Attendance                        Objectives 1-7

Content Quizzes                                                              Objectives 1-7

Learning Reflection Journals                                     Objectives 1, 3, 4, 6

Drug Analysis Paper                                                      Objective 8

Movie Analysis                                                                 Objectives 1-7

Final Exam                                                                         Objectives 1-7



Class Participation and Attendance                                                        15%

Content Quizzes                                                                                              20%

Learning Reflection Journals                                                                     20%                     

Drug Analysis Paper                                                                                      15%

Movie Analysis                                                                                                 15%

Final Exam                                                                                                         15%


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

DEV 010, DEV 020, DEV 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

  • Grades are non-negotiable.  If you are struggling in the class, come see me during office hours or make an appointment with me after class so we can set you up on a plan for success as soon as your grades start to slip.  The longer you wait, the less likely your grade will recover.
  • Arrive to class on time, prepared, and attentive.  Inability to do this results in disruptions to the class and will result in a lower grade.
  • No electronic devices are permitted in class.  No cell phones, lap tops, tablets, headphones, or any other similar devices unless they are approved for a class assignment.  If you cannot abide by this, you will be asked to leave class that day and will be marked absent with a 0 for class participation.
  • An academic warning will be issued if a student’s average falls below 2.0 at any time during the semester and I will request that you meet with me. 
  • A student will be issued a disciplinary warning after ANY behavior that I deem as disruptive to the learning environment and they will be asked to leave class.
  • If at any point you are contemplating dropping out of school, please know that I have an open-door policy to assist you in resolving any issues that may prevent you from finishing school.  Remember, you choose to enroll for a reason.  With help, you can still accomplish your goal.  I cannot help you if you do not ask for help.  Advocate for yourself!
  • I welcome student feedback. If something is not working for you with the class, communicate with me. The only way I can help you is if I am aware of it. You may not be the only student who feels this way, but if I am unaware, I cannot help.




Throughout the course, you should keep a record of all grades received so you know how you are doing during the semester. I do not change grades and you will get exactly what you earn as described in this syllabus.  If you start to struggle, make an appointment to see me so we can develop a plan to improve your performance as soon as possible.  Do not wait until it is too late!


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

  • Assignments are due by the time class begins.  If you do not have the assignment uploaded to the portal, with you in class on time or emailed to me before the class begins, it will be marked late.  It is your responsibility to make sure I receive it on time.  “I emailed it to you.” is not acceptable enough.  If you email it to me, I will reply within 24 hours that I received it.  If you do not get confirmation back from me, then I did not receive it.
  • 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.”


Class Participation (15%):

The discussions and assignments that are part of this class are designed to not only increase your knowledge of psychology, but to improve your professional skills as well.  Because this is a psychology course that explores human thought and behavior, a vital component of this course involves the expression of ideas and experiences of everyone in the class.  Active participation will make the material much more interesting, engaging, and memorable; hence, your participation is a large part of your grade.  Participation includes attendance; being attentive and prepared for class by completing all readings, journals, quizzes, and assignments on time; contributing to class discussions and group work; and sharing input and thinking critically to apply the content on a deeper level.  It is of utmost importance to be respectful, polite, and professional when participating, particularly when you have a different opinion or experience from someone else, as this is a valuable skill to master to ultimately be successful in your career.  Disrespectful attitudes and comments, unruly behavior, interruptions, and outbursts will not be tolerated and additionally your class participation grade will suffer. 


Learning Reflection Journals (20%):

You will be required to respond to 4 journal questions. The point of this assignment is to make connections between the material you are learning and how it affects you on a personal level in your life.  You will be graded on accuracy of the content, breadth, reflection, and depth of your answer (a minimum of 3 supporting reasons), and proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar. 


Movie Analysis (15%):

We will be watching a movie in class so your attendance is important for you to take notes as we watch it.  After the movie is completed, you will be required to participate in a group discussion and impromptu group presentation that discusses the psychological effects of drug addiction that take place in the movie.  You will describe the science behind the characters’ symptomology based on their drug of choice.


Drug Analysis Paper (15%):

Each student will complete a drug analysis paper (5-7 pages, APA format: including title page and references with 3 to 5 pages of content) 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 written paper is to be completed in APA format with an APA formatted title page and reference page with a MINIMUM OF THREE SOURCES.




Drug Analysis Paper Rubric




Very Good







Proper APA required


5 points

Zero errors in the following:


-Times New Roman 12 font

-1” page borders

-Double spacing


One error in the following:


Times New Roman 12 font

1” page borders

Double spacing


Two errors in the following:


Times New Roman 12 font

1” page borders

Double spacing


Three or more errors in the following:


Times New Roman 12 font

1” page borders

Double spacing


10 points

0-2 spelling and/or punctuation errors

3-5 spelling and/or punctuation errors

6-9 spelling and/or punctuation errors

More than 10 sp. or punctuation errors

Word Choice:

5 points

Language is natural, interesting, figurative, and precise

Language is functional and sometimes goes beyond the ordinary

Language is predictable and/or repetitious

Language is limited, monotonous, and/or misused

Sentence Fluency:

5 Points


Sentences are well-constructed, strong and varied. Flows easily when read aloud.

Sentences are somewhat varied. Fairly easy to read aloud.

Sentence structure mechanical and sometimes clumsy.

Sentences are difficult to follow. incomplete, run-on or awkward


10 Points


Paper is clear and well developed. Strong introduction and conclusion with thoughtful use of transitions. Flows smoothly from one idea to the next.

Organization is present though rather predictable; transitions are used which enable the reader to follow the flow of thought

Organization is emerging so reader can follow some of the text, but introduction and conclusion undeveloped or unclear.

No clear introduction or conclusion. Organization is lacking which causes confusion in reader.


15 Points

Accurate and complete description of all 7 components of the paper.

Mostly accurate and complete description of most of the components of the paper.

Some inaccuracies and/or incomplete description of the components of the paper.

Inaccurate and incomplete description of the components of the paper.

Total Points: 50







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: Georgia Egan, 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

Week 1:

Aug 28-Aug 30

Introductions and Chapter 1 & 2

Objectives: 1 & 5

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read chapters 1 & 2

Week 2:

Sept 6


Chapter 2 & 3

Objectives: 1, 5, 7

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 3


Week 3:

Sept 11-13


Chapter 3, 4 & 5

Objectives: 1-5, 7

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 4 & 5

Quiz 1 on Chapters 1-3 Due Sept 13.

Complete Discussion Questions on the portal.

Week 4:

Sept 18-20

Chapter 5 & 6

Objectives: 1-5, 7-8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 6

Paragraph 1 due on Sep 18

Quiz on Chapters 4-5 due Sept 20

Quiz on ch 6 due on Sept 24

Week 5:

Sept 25-27

Chapter 7 & 8

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity


Quiz on ch 7 & 8 Due on Oct 1

Week 6:

Oct 2-4

Chapter 9

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 9

Paragraph 2 Due

Quiz on Ch 9 Due Oct 8

Week 7:

Oct 11


Chapter 10

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 10


Quiz on Ch 10 Due Oct 15

Week 8:

Oct 16-18

Chapter 11

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 11

Paragraph 3 Due

Quiz on Ch 11 Due Oct 22

Week 9:

Oct 23-25

Chapter 12

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 12


Quiz on Ch 12 Due Oct 29

Week 10:

Oct 30-Nov 1

Chapter 13

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 13

Paragraph 4 & 5 Due on Nov 1

Quiz on Ch 13 Due on Nov 5

Week 11:

Nov 6-8

Chapter 14

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity, APA WORKSHOP

Read ch 14 Paragraphs 6 & 7 Due on Nov 8 Quiz on Ch 14 Due on Nov 12

Week 12:

NOV 13-15

Chapter 15 & 16

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

PowerPoint, lecture, discussion, activity

Read ch 15 & 16

Peer Review: Rough Draft Due on Nov 13 (with intro & conclusion)

Quiz on Ch 15 & 16 Due on Nov 19

Week 13:

NOV 20


Movie Analysis

Objectives: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Movie, discussion


Week 14:

NOV 27-29

Movie Analysis and Final Review

Objectives: 1-7

Movie, discussion   



Week 15:


Monday, Dec 4 at 2:30

Objectives: 1-7









Online Content Quizzes:

Quiz on ch 1-3: Sept 13

Quiz on ch 4&5: Sept 20

Quiz on ch 6: Sept 24

Quiz on ch 7&8: Oct 1

Quiz on ch 9: Oct 8

Quiz on ch 10: Oct 15

Quiz on ch 11: Oct 22

                Quiz on ch 12: Oct 29

                Quiz on ch 13: Nov 5

                Quiz on ch 14: Nov 12

Quiz on ch 15-16: Nov 19



Learning Reflection Journals

                Journal 1: Sept 6

                Journal 2: Sept 27

                Journal 3: Oct 11

                Journal 4: Oct 25                                                                            


Drug Analysis Paper:

                Submit Drug Choice by Sept 11

Paragraph 1 on Description of your drug (what is it made out of, how is it used, where is it

manufactured, the history of it, etc—an introduction to it): DUE BY SEPT 18

Paragraph 2 on the scope of use of the drug in the USA: DUE BY OCT 4

Paragraph 3 on how it affects the brain: DUE BY OCT 18

Paragraph 4 on the acute and chronic effects of the drug: DUE BY NOV 1

Paragraph 5 on the dependence potential of the drug: DUE BY NOV 1

Paragraph 6 on the effects on an unborn fetus DUE BY NOV 8

Paragraph 7 on available treatments for people who abuse the drug DUE BY NOV 8

Rough Draft Due on 11/13 in class

Final Paper Due on 11/20 by 11:55 PM on the portal


Movie Analysis : Nov 29


Final Exam: Dec 4 at 2:30                                                                          


**The standards, requirements, and due dates set forth in this syllabus may be modified at any time by the course instructor as to best facilitate an optimal learning environment for the class.  Notice of such changes will be announced in class.  Be sure to check with a fellow classmate if you are not in attendance.