Substance Abuse

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 4773
Section Number
PSYC 4773
Spring 2011
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday and Wednesday  1:30 - 2:50

Dr. Don Knox (view Profile)


Taking Sides - Drugs and Society
Drugs, Society & Human Behavior

Course Objectives

Course Outcome Competencies: By the conclusion of the course, the student will understand and will be able to:

·           Recognize all major concepts regarding substance abuse issues, assessment and treatment

·           Recognize the major classes of drugs and their effects.

·           Use knowledge gained in class to discuss the models of addiction.

·           Be familiar with and understand assessment and treatment approaches of substance abuse.

·           Become familiar with various resources on the internet related to abuse issues.

·           This course requires privacy of the students and the people you may observe.

Course Expectations

Course requirements: (Note – all assignments except the addiction assignment have to be turned in using WebCT). 


1)  Exams:  (580 points) – There will be five exams for this course and one final exam.  The exams will consist of multiple choice questions, matching and/or short answer essay questions over the readings and lectures.    The final is comprehensive.  Each exam is worth 100 points except the final which is worth 80 points.


3) Addiction Assignment:  (100 points) – See final page of syllabus for detailed description of this assignment.  This paper is due 3/11/2011.


4)  Support Group Assignment: (100 points) – Attend a support group meeting and write a two page reflection paper on this experience.  It can be an open AA or NA meeting or one for non-addicted individuals such as Al-Anon, CODA, ACOA, etc.  You paper should include a discussion on what took place at the meeting, what you got out of the meeting, and any pros or cons to this type of support group.  Be sure to include when you attended and which group you attended.  This paper is due 4/8/2011.


5)  Presentation:  (100 points) – You will choose one addictive substance and present (to the class) how the addiction is treated (using all models of addiction), the effects of the substance, why it is addictive and the prevalence of the substance.  Each group of students will present a different substance.  Your presentation will include a short paper on your topic using APA guidelines. This paper needs to be submitted electronically via WebCT.  Due date to be determined.


6)  Case Studies: (120 points) – Case studies from Taking Sides.  These are due every Friday via WebCT starting 1/21/2011 in the following order: Issue 1, 5, 2, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 15, 8 (14), 3, 4 (19), 7, 10 and 17.  To be considered complete, the assignment must contain the issue name and the questions need to be typed out and each question answered fully.  The questions are the bullet items on the Unit title page.   You only need to use the two articles and the textbook to answer these questions.

Grading Standards



Final Exam                                           80 pts

Case Studies                                        120 pts                                    900-1000 = A

Exams (5 @ 100 points each)              500 pts                                    800 – 899 = B

Addiction Assignment                         100 pts                                    700 – 799 = C

Support Group Assignment                  100 pts                                    600 - 699  = D

Presentation                                         100 pts                                    < 600         = F


TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE                1000 pts                                  


The University has a standard grade scale:

A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F= below 60, W = Withdrawal, WP = withdrew passing, WF = withdrew failing, I = incomplete.

Submission Format Policy

All papers are to be written in APA 6th.  All work except the addiction assignment will only be accepted through WebCT.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Not allowed

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Standard - after 5 absences the student will be dropped.

Other Policies

Instructor’s policy on Academic Dishonesty:

Academic Integrity: - Students are expected to abide by the rules for academic integrity. Any violations of these rules will be reported to the proper authorities for disciplinary action (please consult your student catalog – page 71). Students caught cheating in the class will be given a grade of “F” for the course. Cheating includes plagiarism—taking credit for someone else’s work (e.g., cutting and pasting text from someone else’s work from the internet or some other electronic form or directly quoting or paraphrasing someone’s work and not properly referencing the source).


Service for the Disabled: It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University.  Students should inform the instructor of existing disabilities at the first class meeting.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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