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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC324 Course ID: 3586 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the role of drugs in society, licit and illicit substances, the use and abuse of medical drugs, and the state of the field in terms of prevention and treatment for substance abuse and dependence.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Articulate basic drug terminology and drug taking behavior
CO2: Identify the various addictive substances – legal and illegal – and their classifications
CO3: Analyze the reasons people commonly abuse substances
CO4: Examine the personal dangers of substance abuse
CO5: Analyze how substances affect the mind and body and society
CO6: Compare and contrast the various models of addiction
CO7: Evaluate current treatment modalities & report on their effectiveness

Graded class discussions, which require participation in interactive dialogs with classmates about course-relevant topics, are accessed via the Forums link on the classroom navigation menu. Full instructions are posted on the Forum screen.

Midterm and Final Exams
The Midterm and Final Exams, accessed via the Tests & Quizzes link on the classroom navigation menu, are untimed and open note and readings. Each exam can be accessed multiple times but submitted only once.

Major Paper Assignment
This course includes a major paper which requires a critical examination of a policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a critique of a media portrayal of substance use, with links made to the AAP statement and course material. It is completed in two parts. Full instructions for both parts of the assignment, including the AAP statement, are posted on the classroom Assignment screen.


All coursework except forum posts must be submitted as MSWord, WordPerfect, Open Office, or Rich Text documents and must be formatted per the style rules of the American Psychological Association.

Collaboration on coursework, unless so assigned by the professor, is prohibited. All writing must be in the student’s own words, with paraphrases based on and quotes of published authors’ works properly source credited, and submitted error free. Direct quoting should be used very sparingly with a maximum of two to three brief quoted sentences per page. Excessive quoting will result in a significant point deduction

Content plagiarized from published sources, including copying word-for-word with or without source crediting, from the course readings or the Internet, found in any coursework, including forums, will result in an automatic zero score without option for revision to recoup lost points. More than one instance of plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the course.

These requirements are necessary to protect the integrity of APUS classrooms. Guides highlighting what plagiarism is and isn’t and how to avoid it, and APA formatting guides are provided in the classroom.

NameGrade %
Forums 35.00 %
Forum 1 5.83 %
Forum 2 5.83 %
Forum 3 5.83 %
Forum 5 5.83 %
Forum 6 5.83 %
Forum 7 5.83 %
Media Proposal 5.00 %
Major Paper - MEDIA PROPOSAL 5.00 %
Major Paper Assignment 30.00 %
Major Paper - FINAL 30.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Final Exam (Week 8) 15.00 %
Midterm Exam (Week 4) 15.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
RealizeIT 0.00 %

Required Readings in the course are taken from a variety Open Educational Resources (OER). See the course outline section of the syllabus for a complete listing.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.