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Drugs and Behavior Syllabus

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

Spring 2018

PSY245PA: Drugs & Behavior

3 Credits

Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am-9:30am

Room 211

Instructor

Megan Langendoerfer

Phone

(570) 647-7269

Office

TBA

E-mail

 

megan.langendoerfer@falcons.lackawanna.edu

 

Office Hours                      

Appointment Only

 

 

 

* This class is part of the FALC program designed for the freshmen football team. Policies and requirements for this class are specific to the football FALC and are explained in the contract students received before the beginning of the semester.

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

Attendance and Participation in Class Discussion

4 In Class Examinations

In Depth Questions – At the beginning of every new chapter, you will be responsible for drafting two (2) questions that relate to the reading. The questions you draft should be in regards to issues that you wish to discuss in more detail, or on issues that, after reading the applicable chapter, you are still unclear on. You will hand in the questions on the first class of the week. I will choose several questions to discuss in the next class.

 

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 (Thursday, 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

1 time a week

2

Developmental Classes

DEV 010, DEV 020, DEV 030

3

 

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.

 

Students in the football pilot program are not permitted to withdraw from a class without speaking with their mentor and an advisor in the Student Affairs office.

 

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

Other Course Policies:

Meeting Course Requirements: Students in the football pilot program must complete all major assignments for each of their courses, including but not limited to tests, quizzes, projects, papers, speeches, etc.

  • Miss 1 major assignment (listed above) – Mandatory meeting with mentor, Creation of educational plan, and return to class.
  • Miss 2 major assignments (listed above) - unable to participate in football for two weeks
  • Miss 3 major assignments (listed above) - student removed from team

 

Behavior: Students are expected to behave respectfully and professionally at all times, most especially within the classroom. Inappropriate behaviors include sleeping in class, disrupting the classroom atmosphere, texting, using foul language in the classroom, and behaving disrespectfully toward the instructor and/or other students. 

  • 1 behavioral incident - Mandatory meeting with mentor, Creation of behavioral plan, and return to class.
  • 2 behavioral incidents - Unable to practice, play, dress, or travel with the team for two weeks
  • 3 behavioral incidents – Student removed from team

The football program reserves the right to withdraw a student from a class or from the program immediately if behavior is determined to be egregious in nature.

 

Grading:

Attendance and Participation  20%

Drug Analysis Paper                 10%

In Depth Questions                   10%

Exam #1                                     15%

Exam #2                                     15%

Exam #3                                     15%

Exam #4                                     15%

Total                                          100%

 

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:

  • Make up Exams – If you miss an exam, you have 24 hours to inform me of the reason for your absence, and schedule a make-up exam. The make-up exam will not be the same exam, and will be significantly more difficult. A make-up exam will not be offered to those students that inform me of their reason for missing an exam beyond the 24 hour window.
  • In Depth Questions – You must hand in your two question at the beginning of the first class of the week. If you do not hand in your questions at that time, I will consider you unprepared for that day of class, and that will be reflected in your class participation grade.
  • 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 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 in Angeli Hall, Suite 110.  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 in Angeli Hall, Suite 110, 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.

Course Schedule:

Course Schedule

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

January 23rd: Week 1

Introductions & cover syllabus

 

Class discussion after introductions

1

Chapter 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

2

Chapter 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

3

Chapter 3 and 4- 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

4

Chapter 5- 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

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

Exam 1

5

Chapter 6- 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

6 & 7

Chapter 7-Nicotine

Describe three basic processes relating to addiction.

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

 

 

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

Exam 2

8

Chapter 8 and 9-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

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

9

Chapter 10- 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

10

Chapter 11- 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

Exam 3

11

Chapter 12- Hallucinogens

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

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

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

12

Chapter 13- Psychotherapeutic Medications

Recognize psychosocial variables related to drug use.

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

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

Drug Analysis

Paper Due

13

Chapter 14- 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

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

14

Chapter 15- 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.

Readings, Class Discussion, Power Point, In Depth Questions

Examinations:


All Examinations will take place in Room 211 at 8:00am unless listed otherwise

Exam 1 – February 15, 2018

Exam 2 – March 15, 2018

Exam 3 – April 5 2018

Exam 4 (Final Exam) – May 8, 2018 – 8:00am-10:00am

 

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