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Fall 2017 Hybrid Psy 245 Syllabus

Lackawanna College

PSY 245 ZA: Drugs and Behavior

Fall 2017: August 28-Dec 8

Hybrid: In person Thursdays room 201, 11-12:30

3 credits

 

 

Instructor

Rebecca Tomlinson, M.Ed

E-mail

Tomlinsonr@Lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

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

*Other hours by appointment Room 228, Healey Hall

Office Phone:

570-504-7960

Texts

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

            Stamford, CT.

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

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

 

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

 

Class Participation and Discussions

Content Quizzes

Learning Reflection Journals

Discussion Essay

Case-Studies

Drug Analysis Paper

Final Exam

Attendance

 

Evaluation

 

Hybrid means mixed. In the case of a hybrid course, online and on-ground classes are mixed to provide you a richer, more engaging learning environment.

 

I will help you to complete all of the course goals by providing you with weekly to-do lists for the on-ground and online classes, rubrics to help you complete your assignments, and a LEADERS map to help you manage your time and meet expectations. Be sure to use all the tools that are provided to you!

 

Class Participation and Discussions                                         25%

Content Quizzes                                                                      15%

Learning Reflection Journals                                                    15%

Discussion Essay                                                                     5%

Case-Studies                                                                            10%

Drug Analysis Paper                                                                15%

Final Exam                                                                              10%

Attendance                                                                              5%

 

Hybrid 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 hybrid courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined in two ways to address both the in-class and online components of the course.   Failure to attend an in-person session is one absence. Additionally, failure to attend the online classroom for one week by not participating in any academic activities, which includes replying in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment is also one absence. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes (syllabus quiz, course navigation quiz, etc).

 

# of Days Course Meets per Week

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

1

2

2

4

3

6

 

  • Your total number of absences is the combination of any in-person absences or online classroom absences as defined above.
  • For example, if your class meets on Tuesday and Thursday (2 times per week) you are allowed 4 absences. If you miss 3 in-person sessions and fail to participate in the online classroom 1 week, you have accumulated 4 absences-the maximum allowed- and will be dropped from the course.
  • Students who do attend class and do not participate in an academic activity in the online classroom within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.

 

Hybrid Course Discussion Policy

 

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

 

You MUST reply no less than 4 times per week – twice on any two days.

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on TWO days throughout the week for a total of FOUR replies in all, minimum.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links or Course Resources.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.

 

Discussion Roles

During the hybrid course, you will take on each of three roles during discussions:

  • Lead : The Lead student will create and post a discussion question for the chapter they have been assigned by the Friday night before the online session begins for the following Tuesday.
  • Mentor : The mentor is a student who was the lead the week before and is available to answer questions that the current lead may have.
  • Participant : Everyone, every week is a participant. This means you are required to reply to a minimum of two discussions every week (and one MUST be the instructor’s discussion) and you must also reply to two classmates for a total of four replies. If you are the Lead, your discussion question does not count as a reply. You still need four replies in addition to your posted discussion question.

 

These roles may begin online and end on-ground or vice versa. Look for these in your weekly to-do lists located on the home page.

 

The following table provides ideas for earning maximum points in discussions. Use it like a checklist.I am a Participant, what should I do to gain all the discussion points?

Did I Do This?

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ replies

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and replies are twice on three separate days.

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

 

 

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 participation 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.
  • 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 chose 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.

 

Grading

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Points Value

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

480-500

4.0

A-

90 – 95

450-479

3.67

B+

87 – 89

435-449

3.33

B

83 – 86

415-434

3.0

B-

80 – 82

400-414

2.67

C+

77 – 79

385-399

2.33

C

73 – 76

365-384

2.0

C-

70 – 72

350-364

1.67

D+

67 – 69

335-349

1.33

D

60 – 66

300-334

1.0

F

0 – 59

0-299

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, 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 or hybrid course

 

(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 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, piggam@lackawanna.edu

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, EganG@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, 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.

 

LEADERS Course Guide

 

 

Date

Where Am I Today?

What Should I be Doing?

What Resources Do I Need?

When is the Work Due?

*My Notes:

WEEK 1

Aug. 29

Online Pre-work

Read first two folders on the portal.

Complete the week 1 online discussions.

Read chapter 1 of the text. Skim pages 13-15 of Joneja’s article under handouts and links.

Complete this online profile: https://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment

Portal, Book, Joneja’s article (available under handouts and links), Internet

Before on-ground class on Thurs, Aug 31.

 

Aug. 31

In-class

We will go over the syllabus, MI assessment, and chapter 1 in class.

Bring your book. Bring a laptop if you’d like to follow along by doing it yourself.

Your next assignment is due on Tues by 11:55 PM

 

WEEK 2

Sept. 5

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Journal 1

 

Read chapters 2 & 3 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Sept. 7

In-class

We will go over Ch 2 & 3 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 3

Sept. 12

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

(1 is an essay so it is more extensive.)

Quiz 1

 

Read chapters 4 & 5 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Sept. 14

In-class

We will go over Ch 4 & 5 and do engagement activities.

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 4

Sept. 19

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Drunken Cowboy Case-Study under assignments on the portal

Quiz on chapters 4 & 5

 

Read chapters 6 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Sept. 21

In-class

We will go over Ch 6 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 5

Sept. 26

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Journal 2

Quiz on ch 6

 

Read chapters 7 & 8 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Sept. 28

In-class

We will go over Ch 7 & 8 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 6

Oct. 3

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Complete KWL under portal assignments

Quiz ch 7 & 8

 

Read chapters 9 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Oct. 5

In-class

We will go over Ch 9 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 7

Oct. 10

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days. There are 2 teacher discussions & 1 peer—the first teacher discussion does not count for your 4 replies but you still need to do it.

Journal 3 in response to discussion 1.

Discussion 2 is a simulation.

Quiz on ch 9

 

Read chapter 10 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Oct. 12

In-class

We will go over Ch 10 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 8

Oct. 17

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Quiz on ch 10

 

Read chapter 11 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Oct. 19

In-class

We will go over Ch 11 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 9

Oct. 24

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Your teacher discussion is due early this week by Saturday!

Journal 4

Quiz on ch 11

 

Read chapter 12 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Oct. 26

In-class

We will go over Ch 12 and do engagement activities

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 10 Oct. 31

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Jigsaw research due online. This is under the teacher discussion. Your post counts as one reply.  Use your other replies for the student discussions.

Quiz on ch 12

 

Read chapter 13 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Nov. 2

In-class

We will go over Ch 13 and do engagement activities.

 

We will also work with your jigsaw information.

Book. BRING YOUR JIGSAW ARTICLE INFORMATION!

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 11

Nov. 7

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

Quiz on ch 13. This has an extra essay included.

 

Read chapters 14 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Nov. 9

In-class

We will go over Ch 14 and do engagement activities. We will also do an APA workshop on your course paper. Peer Review Partners assigned.

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 12 Nov. 14

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

ROUGH DRAFT OF YOUR PAPER IS DUE TODAY!

Peer Review

Quiz on ch 14

 

Read chapters 15 & 16 for Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

 

Nov. 16

In-class

We will go over Ch 15 & 16 and do engagement activities. I will confirm you have completed peer review.

Book

Read the assigned chapters before class.

 

WEEK 13 Nov. 21

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

COURSE PAPER IS DUE BY 11/21

Quiz on ch 15 & 16

 

 

 

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Readings due by Thursday’s class.

COURSE PAPER DUE TODAY!

 

Nov. 22

Thanksgiving: College CLOSED

WEEK 14 Nov. 28

Online

Discussions. Post 4 replies over 2 separate days.

 

Review your chapters for the course review on Thurs

Portal/Internet

Book

Tues 11:55 PM. Review chapters by Thursday’s class.

 

Nov. 30

In-class

We will be reviewing for the final.

Book

Review before class

 

WEEK 15 Dec. 4-8

FINALS WEEK

 

 

Study for final

 

 

*Use the My Notes section to write yourself any reminders, such as your Lead day for discussions.

 

***THIS MAP IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE PROFESSOR’S DISCRETION AT ANY TIME. YOU WILL BE UPDATED VIA CLASS AND THE PORTAL AS CHANGES OCCUR.

 

**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 and online.  Be sure to check with a fellow classmate if you are not in attendance.