Course Summary
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5 weeks (28 hours a week of inside and outside class time)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 substance abuse


The course objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of substance abuse and addiction, examining the biological, psychological, and societal effects of the addictive process.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe and interpret pharmacological and neurophysiological principles
  • demonstrate understanding of substance abuse and dependence including terminology, theories and models of abuse and dependence
  • recognize demographics, of substance abuse and dependence, cost and impact to society, screening and diagnosis
  • classify and categorize drugs
  • summarize various drugs classes (alcohol, anti-anxiety, sedatives, inhalants, tobacco, psychomotor, opioids, cannabinoids, hallucinogens, antipsychotic drugs, anti-depressant’s, mood stabilizers, and other drugs of abuse) information-history, types, effects, use and administration, tolerance, withdrawal, overdose, dependency issues, prevention and treatment

General Course Topics:

  • Overview of Substance Abuse and Dependence Drugs Pharmacological and Neurophysiological Principles Alcohol Tobacco Psychotherapeutic Drugs Antianxiety, Sedative and Hypnotic Drug Classification Psychomotor drugs cannabinoids inhalant drugs Opioids Hallucinogens Other Drugs of Abuse
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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