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Revision Date: 21-Jun-18

PSY-1130-VO01X - Introduction to Substance Abuse

Synonym: 179025
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-04-2018 to 10-22-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-13-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-02-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Valerie Welter | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

An introduction to the causes, symptoms, and stages of drug and alcohol abuse. Topics include factors which lead to drug use and abuse, signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction, stages of chemical dependency, and career opportunities for those interested in substance abuse counseling and treatment. Includes six hours of relevant ethics training.

Essential Objectives:

1. List commonly abused substances and describe their effects on the body, the brain and behavior.
2. Identify physical symptoms and behavioral signs of substance abuse and identify the stages of dependency.
3. Describe psychological, sociological, physiological and cultural factors that may encourage chemical dependency.
4. Describe the societal influences on and expectations of certain groups, (i.e. males, females, adolescents, the elderly), that may encourage or discourage substance abuse.
5. Identify current strategies and resources for abuse intervention, prevention and treatment.
6. Identify career opportunities in substance abuse counseling and treatment professions and formulate a plan which addresses educational, certification and licensure requirements for a chosen career.
7. Understand ethical standards guiding professional conduct with clients in the context of HIPAA and the Code of Federal Regulations Title 42, Part 2.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Required Text:  Inaba, D. & Cohen, W. (2014). Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs.  ISBN: 9780926544390


Prior to the course opening, please read the assigned Week 1 reading below.  Chapters 1 and 2 will be used to participate in Week 1 Discussion Forum and completeand assignments when the course opens.


Chapter 1: Psychoactive Drugs: Classification and History

Chapter 2: The Neurochemistry and Physiology of Addiction


A detailed syllabus that includes the weekly assigned chapter reading, supplementary resources, and assignments will be available in the weekly modules on the course page in Moodle.

Guidelines for the use of email communications with students:

Students are expected to use their CCV email account as an official means of communication.  Course announcements and others important information are sent to students’ CCV e-mail.  It is students’ responsibility to regularly check their CCV e-mail for the purpose of this course, as well as for administrative communication. 


This is an accelerated online class. Presentation of course topical material, discussion, and student participation will take place exclusively through Moodle.  Material will be presented using several methods including but not limited to our text, ancillary websites, videos and podcasts.  Given the accelerated course format, it is essential that students post and participate according to course guidelines  Active participation is key to students' academic success.

PLEASE NOTE:  The required text for the course, as well as the supplementary assigned resources where appropriate, MUST be cited in assignments. Substantive posts should include citations from the text and/or another appropriate source.  Quizzes are not used in the course, students are evaluated on their ability to synthesize course readings/resources into assignments and discussion posts. Assignments/posts should demonstrate an understanding of course content; course concepts and vocabulary should be evident.

Evaluation Criteria:

Learning will be assessed through the completion of the weekly discussion, including assignments and required posts and Final Course Presentation.  Assignments will be evaluated on some or all of the following criteria, depending upon the nature of the assignment.

COMPLETENESS: Did you cover all aspects of the assignment?

ELABORATION: Did you provide examples, detail any generalized statements, and substantiate with concrete explanations?

CONSTRUCTION: Did you use complete sentences, proper grammar, accurate spelling, good paragraph structure, and logical organization in your work?

ANALYSIS: Did you think critically and challenge yourself and the material to the best of your ability?

APPLICATION: Did you connect the subject matter (readings/websites) to the assigned work?

7 weeks@10 points each                                      70 points

Final Course Presentation                                     30 points

Total                                                                       100 points

Grading Criteria:

 A+ through A-: Exceptional performance – Consistently exceeds expectations. Student demonstrates  insight and original thinking. Student can clearly and thoughtfully articulate learning while providing sound evidence to support views.  Cites sources using APA style guidelines. Assignments are completed in a timely manner.

B+ through B-: Good to excellent work. Student demonstrates originality, comprehension, critical thinking and attention to detail. Student can clearly articulate his or her learning. Provides evidence to support views. Can cite sources using APA style guidelines. Assignments are completed in a timely manner.

C+ through C-: Average – there is inconsistency in grasping course content. Student is inconsistent in meeting normal expectations for the course. Student demonstrates basic comprehension, some critical thinking, providing adequate evidence to support views. Student can articulate the majority of his or her learning.

D+ through D-: Poor – There is lack of understanding of course content.  Student minimally meets the expectations of the assignment. Student demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. Student has difficulty articulating his or her learning.

F: Very Poor – There is a lack of attendance or incomplete assignments. Course expectations are not met. Student demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details.  Student is unable to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.





Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Valerie Welter
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeremy Vaughn

Attendance Policy:


The online class week for the purpose of attendance for financial aid runs from 12 am Tuesday morning to 11:59 pm the following Monday. Attendance is not the same as participation. If a student completes any activity (posts to a forum, submits an assignment, attempts a quiz etc.) in the class within the time frame outlined above he/she has attended for the purpose of financial aid. A student could “attend” all semester and still fail because he/she was not meeting the requirements for participation.


Participation: Although this course takes place entirely in an online environment, students are expected to spend as much time online participating in discussions, asking questions and responding to both the instructor’s and other students’ postings as they would in the traditional classroom environment.  Students will need access to a computer with a stable Internet connection, and be willing to check into the “online classroom” at least three different days per week responding thoughtfully with comments, questions, and observations.  This is an accelerated secition of Introduction to Substance Abuse. If a student misses one week of discussions over the semester, it may not be possible to pass the course (dependent upon academic status); missing more than one week of discussions will result in an automatic failing grade. Having computer problems will not excuse you from the weekly discussions. You can get into this course from any computer with Internet access. If you anticipate a lengthy medical problem or other emergent personal issues that will result in missing weekly discussions, please contact me proactively. 


The instructor will facilitate the online discussion; however, my teaching philosophy revolves around students being active participants in the learning process.  Weekly online participation requires that students are prepared for each class and necessitates active and relevant participation in discussions. Preparation includes reading the assigned material, locating additional reference material as needed, completing written assignments in a timely fashion, and participating fully in discussions from a knowledgeable and informed perspective.


Your postings should be written in college level English, and should show evidence of critical thinking. You should support your opinions with references to our readings cited appropriately using APA format.  We do not meet as a full group at particular times, as in a traditional class. You are free to participate during the week at times and days of your choosing, as long as you comply with the participation guidelines below.


 Participation Guidelines: To earn full participation points for the week, you must:


1. Read the assigned material and reference it in your postings.  Citations are to follow APA guidelines.


2. Contribute quality topical information to the discussion submitted in college-level writing. The first posting (assignment) should be entered by Thursday midnight (11:59 pm), the second by Saturday midnight (11:59 pm). All required postings for the week must be made by Monday at midnight (11:59 pm). Posts made after Monday midnight will not be considered for grading without prior approval.


3. Participate on three different days throughout the week. Our week will begin on Tuesday and end Monday midnight (11:59 pm). 

4. Ask at least one pertinent question of the class regarding our weekly topic(s).  A separate discussion thread will be established each week for student questions that are to address the weekly topical material.


5. Respond to at least three questions or postings made by other students and/or myself with a substantive post that includes citations.  A substantive post for the purpose of this course is a well-developed post a minimum 150 words that references our readings or other appropriate source to support your ideas.  A substantive post is NOT one or two sentences of general statements or unsupported opinion.  Students are welcome to reply to one another with general statements in addition to the guidelines outlined above; however these posts do not meet the criteria of a substantive post. 


In summary, each week students are responsible for TWO assignments, THREE substantive response posts, and ONE question to the class.

You will lose a minimum of 1 point for the week for each late posting. Assignments and posts are graded on both academic quality and quantity; a Grading Rubric is included on the course page in Moodle.  If you are not present for a week, you will not earn any discussion points for that week.   Accommodations can be arranged privately with the Instructor if students experience family emergencies, illness, or other circumstances that interfere with the ability to participate in the course. 


Weekly Reading Assignments

Week 1: Chapters 1 and 2

Week 2: Chapters 3 and 6

Week 3: Chapters 4 and 5

Week 4: Chapter 8

Week 5: Chapter 9

Week 6: Chapters 9 (review) and 10

Week 7: Professional Development (resources available in the Week 7 module)

Final Course Presentation (due 3/6/18): The final course presentation is designed to be an independent learning experience that students present to the class during the last week of the course. The course presentation is meant to assess the degree to which students have mastered and assimilated the topical material from the course. The Final Course Presentation will focus on a topic of the student’s choosing, within the broad field of substance abuse. It will be graded with regard to the student’s ability research, synthesize, and creatively present information, as well as to meet assignment expectations.

Completed presentations will  be uploaded in PowerPoint or a similar slide-based media file (GoogleSlides, Prezi, etc.). Presentations are required  to be a minimum of 15 slides and a maximum of 25 slides.  The first slide of the presentation should be the title slide, which includes the student’s name. The final slide of the presentation should be entitled “References” and must include a minimum of 3 outside references and our textbook. Additional guidelines and expectations about the final presentations will be available on the course page in Moodle.


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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