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HS 123 - Drugs: Use and Abuse


Mt. San Jacinto College
Health Sciences Department
HS 123
Drugs: Use and Abuse
Presented as an Online Course
Course Instructor: Cynthia Rojas, MSN, RN, CIC
Contacting the Professor:
E-mail:                   Office Hours: Virtual office hours 24/7
In the event that you will choose to send me an e-mail, please put your course and section number in the subject line of the e-mail (i.e. HS 123, Section # 3712) so I am able to identify in what class you are enrolled. You also need to make sure you sign the e- mail with the name that appears on the class roster (the official name under which you are registered for this class). If you require an e-mail response from me, please be sure that your e-mail inbox is not at capacity and rejecting any further incoming mail. Bounced e-mails will not be resent. Please give the professor 48 to 72 hours to respond to your e-mail requests.  Post course related questions in the Troubleshooting forum in Blackboard (Under the Discussion Area).
Required Textbooks:
  1. Drugs and Society (11th Ed.). Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein. Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISBN 13: 9781449613693 
  2. Student Study Guide to Accompany Drugs and Society, (11th Ed.). Glen R. Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, Annette E. Fleckenstein. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
Recommended References: APA Handbook (or any reference that will assist you with referencing your research paper in the APA format).

Course Description: This course offers a comprehensive understanding of drug and alcohol use and abuse in our society. It includes the history, composition, use and effects of commonly abused drugs. It meets the drug education requirements for teacher credentialing and is one sequential course in the MSJC Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate Program.


Course Advisory: Students should have computer access at home or at the college campus learning center and have a basic understanding of and a connection to the World Wide Web (WWW) and e-mail. All students are required to have an e-mail account, and a word processing program that can save documents in rich text format (rtf). Students in this course will also be required to copy, cut and paste documents and send documents as an attached file. Students not possessing these skills and hardware/software equipment/materials, or students lacking adequate access to this equipment and/or these materials, should not enroll in an online course.


Course Expectation: This is an accelerated three-unit course. You are required to complete an entire semester of work in 8 weeks as opposed to 16 weeks. Please manage your time wisely. If you are unable to do this, you will not be able to successfully meet all course requirements. Please make sure you stay on top of the assignments and participate in the Discussion Board as defined in the syllabus. Online courses are not meant to be easier than face-to-face classroom instruction. I expect students to remain active participants throughout the entire course, completing and submitting assignments. If you become inactive for an extended period of time, you may be dropped from the course.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this online course, the student should be able to:

·         Analyze the history of drug use and abuse in the U.S

·         Discuss some of the social and psychological factors influencing the use/abuse of drugs

·         Compare and contrast the physical, psychological, and social effects of the most commonly used/abused drugs

·         Analyze factors which determine the relative effects of drugs on the body

·         Discuss the positive as well as the negative roles that drugs play in our society and in life experiences

·         Evaluate the treatment programs, facilities and methods available, their relative effectiveness, and be aware of alternatives available to drug usage




Written Assignments: All written assignments/papers must be typed using a 12-point font and are to be in accord with the APA referencing requirements. Students are encouraged to visit the MSJC Writing Center if he/she is not familiar with the APA requirements. Prior to submitting papers, please be sure to include your name, course and section number in the upper right hand corner of all pages. Pages of the paper must be numbered consecutively. All written assignments are due on the specified due date.


All papers must be received by the established deadlines, in the proper format (as a .doc or rtf file), as an attached document, with the file saved in the correct way (last name, first initial _ followed by name of assignment) in order to receive credit for the assignment. If any of these things are not adhered to, your assignment will not be accepted. No late papers/assignments will be accepted. No exceptions! If you do not know how to save your paper as a .doc or rtf file, you need to learn how to do this prior to submitting your written assignments. If you papers are not saved in this format, I will not be able to read them. Unread papers = ungraded papers and loss of points toward your final grade!
Support Group Meeting Assignment: You will be required to complete the Support Group Meeting report. This assignment requires you to visit either an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotic Anonymous (NA), Save Our Selves (SOS) or Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) meeting and report your findings. These meetings are held at various settings in most communities, e.g., local church or community center. A quick search on the internet will assist you finding a meeting near you. The due date and information about this assignment is posted in the Assignment section in Blackboard. The paper needs to be submitted in APA format.
Drug Research Presentation: Please refer to the Assignment section for the explanation and due date of this assignment. You are required to post to the main Discussion Board a presentation about your drug topic. I would prefer this to be in PowerPoint format, but, if you do not know how to use PowerPoint, then a text format is fine to use. Please refer to the Presentation Rubric found in the Assignments section for more detail.
Discussion Board: Every week you are required to answer the posted discussion topic(s) listed in the main Discussion Board section. Your answers need to be complete and detailed. Additionally you must post responses to 3-4 of your peer's submissions and they must be substantive in nature. In other words, you can't say "I agree or great idea". Discussion Board contributions are not permitted to be posted late. All Discussion Board posts are to be completed by the due date assigned. You must submit a reply to your peer's submissions no later than midnight Sunday (of the due date). Please keep this in mind in your course planning.
Course Evaluation: You will be required to complete the course evaluation and at the end of the course. This is part of your grade. This evaluation will be made available at the end of the course. Please look for an announcement from me closer to the end of the course.
Examinations/Make Up Policy: There will be a quiz each week with the exception of Week 8. Refer to the Assignment section for due dates. It must be completed by the due date/time to receive credit. There is no time limit for completing each quiz, but please plan accordingly so that they are completed by the due date/time. Additionally, a comprehensive final exam will be given at the end of the course in Week 8. Remember, exams will not be accepted after the deadline date.
There is no possibility for you to earn extra credit in this class. Please do not ask to write an extra report. All papers are due on the due date that is listed on the Assignments Due Date document specified for that particular assignment.  Any paper that is submitted in any other format than .doc or rtf cannot be opened and therefore cannot be graded by the professor. If a student submits an assignment in a format other than .doc or rtf, it cannot be considered for grading and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.

Learning Resource Center: Academic Support is available for all students through the services provided in each campus learning Resources Centers. Inquire at each center regarding hours of operations and specific subjects for which tutors are available. In addition, some subject area specialist tutors are available though specific departments.


Americans with Disabilities Act: MSJC abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits federal and state agencies or programs from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities. Students in this course who have a documented disability, that limits a major life activity which may have some impact on your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations should meet with a counselor in Disabled Student Services and Program (DSP&S) as soon as possible.
DSP&S is in the following locations:
San Jacinto Campus - Room #1112
Menifee Valley Campus - modular #1019
Or go to the webpage at
Grading - Assignment Point Value
Chapter Review Quizzes -  450 points
Comprehensive Final Exam - 100 points
Drug Research Presentation - 200 points
Support Group Report - 100 points
Instructor Evaluation for participation in group Discussion Board forum - 100 points
Course Evaluation- 50 points
Total Possible Points 1,000 points
The following letter grade assignment will be awarded based upon the total points possible a student has achieved for the course.
 A = (900-1000 pts.)   B = (800-899 pts.)   C = (700-799 pts.)  D = (600-699 points)   F = (0-599 pts.
Refer to the Grading Rubrics in Blackboard regarding points possible and how to earn the maximum number of points for each assignment. As you can see from the grading criteria, participation in the online discussion forums is heavily weighted. You will need to be an active participant in discussion forums in order to receive points for this part of the course. The grading rubrics describe how these points are awarded. Also, reference the Assignment Due Dates page located in the Assignments section of Blackboard. It is your responsibility to keep track of assignments and their due dates.
The final grade for the course will be based upon a cumulative total. Grades for assignments/papers/quizzes/exam will be awarded for original/independent work only. Please do not copy anything from another student's work (i.e. assignments/papers/exams/), from a website or scholarly reference without the proper reference citation, as this will be considered cheating and /or plagiarism. All grade disputes must be addressed by the student within 2 weeks of the posting of the grade (this includes grades for all written assignments, exams and the final course grade).
The term "cheating" includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any un-authorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) use of the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (3) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the College faculty or staff.
The term "plagiarism" includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
Please review the MSJC Student Code of Conduct that can be found in the MSJC College Catalog. Any student found cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero for the assignment and referral to Student Services. Any other violations shall constitute good cause for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension or expulsion of the student.
Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful educational experience!