This course is an introduction to pharmacological and psychological mechanisms of drugs that influence brain functioning. It provides valuable information to any student that might work in a wide variety of psychology or health care-related careers. Those of you choosing these careers will often be working with people who are abusing drugs or taking therapeutic drugs. Knowledge of how psychoactive drugs affect behavior will help you more effectively provide appropriate care, regardless of the relationship between drugs and an individuals treatment. Emphasis of the course will be on the multiple and variable effects of psychoactive drugs, and factors influencing drug effects. The course will cover basic structure and function of the nervous system, drug classification and development, basic principles of pharmacology, the role of learning, addiction, and characteristics of specific drugs of abuse and therapeutic drugs. More generally, this course will provide you with information that allows you to critically evaluate media reports that often provide conflicting information about effects of drugs as well as claims made by those selling drugs (legally or illegally). Such information is valuable when one must consider the benefits and costs of taking a particular drug
At Coe College, we expect academic integrity of all members of our community. Academic integrity assumes honesty about the nature of one's work in all situations. Such honesty is at the heart of the educational enterprise and is a pre-condition for intellectual growth. Academic dishonesty interferes with the mission of the College and will be treated with the utmost seriousness as a violation of community standards.
plagiarism, deliberately impeding other students' work and misuse of
common academic property, in the libraries, labs, and elsewhere are all
forms of academic dishonesty and will be subject to one or more of the
failure of the assignment, i.e. exam, paper, lab report, etc.
accused of academic dishonesty have the right to appeal any sanctions.
The full policy is printed in the college catalog, the student
handbook, and is available on the Dean's web site.
Your grade for the course will be based on performance on exams, assignments, and the presentation. Each exam will consist of both multiple choice and short essay questions. The bulk of the questions on each test will be derived from lectures. However, you will find the text to be a useful aid in understanding the topics we will cover.
instructions for each assignment will be given in class.
After each exam, letter grade estimates will be posted for exam scores. Final course grades are determined using the following criteria. The sum of your four examination scores and all assignments will be obtained and letter grades will be assigned according to the following percentages. There will be no opportunities for extra credit.