Welcome to HS 123 Drugs:use and Abuse

Student Learning Outcome


After completing this course you should be able to make a fact-based and data-driven personal decision regarding the appropriate use, misuse or abuse of licit and illicit drugs.

"First of all, if you come home to your house and you have no furniture and [the] cats going, 'I'm out of here!', warning. Number two: If you have this dream where you're doing cocaine in your sleep and you can't fall asleep and your doing cocaine in your sleep and you can't fall asleep, and you wake up and you're doing cocaine, BINGO! Number three: if on your tax form it says, '$50 thousand for snacks,' MAY-DAY!"

- Robin Williams
(describing when you know you have a drug problem)

HS 123 - Drugs: Use and Abuse
3 units - CSU/UC 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: None

This course offers a comprehensive examination of drug and alcohol use and abuse in our society.  It includes the history, composition, use and effects of commonly abused drugs. 

This course has a CSU transfer code and may be used as a health elective.

We are currently using the 13th edition of the textbook, Drugs, Society and Human Behavior.

Textbook

Hart, Carl, Ray, Oakley and Charles Ksir. Drugs, Society and Human Behavior, 13th edition. McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2009.

 

If you are going to purchase the book from an online vendor, please be sure you order the textbook early as some online vendors do not ship products in a timely manner. You will need the text as it contains excellent information relevant to our course of study and the quiz and test questions were developed assuming students have read the text.

PLEASE NOTE: I am very aware of the rising cost of textbooks and I am trying to keep your costs down. However, I am unable to control when new editions are released. I am frequently asked whether an older version of the text will suffice. Here is my answer: If you wish to use an older version of the text, please know that many of the quiz and test questions come from the most recent version of the text and reading assignments are based upon the most recent version of the text as well. If you choose to use an older edition of the text, please know you may not have access to the most current statistics and research related to the field of addiction studies.

Description of Online Formats

Fully Online

Welcome to a description of the online version of Drugs: Use and Abuse, also known as HS 123. The online version of the class covers the same topics covered in the HS 123 face-to-face course. The chief difference in the online course is there are no regularly scheduled, face-to-face meetings. All assignments are completed online. Papers are submitted as attachments to e-mails (this is a skill you should have prior to enrolling in any online course). Discussions, collaborative activities, chats, and surveys/quizzes/tests are conducted within the my.msjc web-site. If you have an Internet connection, and you have officially enrolled in a course through MSJC, an my.msjc user account and a student e-mail account will be created for you automatically.
To access your online course you will need to go to the my.msjc web site. Logging in requires knowing your username and password. Your username is your first initial of your first name, followed by your last name in all lower case letters and followed by the last three numbers of your student identification, e.g. John Doe with a student identification number of 0827891 would be jdoe891. Your initial password is the (mmddyy) of your birthdate, e.g. someone born on February 26, 1989 would have the password 022689.

If you have access to the Internet you will have access to my.msjc and your online course(s).

Although there are no regularly scheduled meetings in this online course, the course materials will be presented on a weekly basis, thus you will not be able to work ahead. Please remember this is not an independent study course. You may, however, work at your own pace and when it is convenient for you to complete the work. Access to course materials is available, via the Internet, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Del Helms will be the facilitator for your sojourn through this class. As a facilitator he will be available to assist you when you cross any stumbling blocks, and when you need assistance. However, as a facilitator, his primary function is to guide you in a direction, but let you choose the path. The path you choose will afford you many learning opportunities and hopefully by the end of the course you will have garnered enough knowledge to make informed decisions regarding drugs and their use and abuse.

You will best benefit from the web-based materials presented in this class by downloading Internet Explorer for either the Windows or Macintosh operating systems. (You may already have Internet Explorer loaded onto your computer.) You will almost certainly be okay if you use Firefox, AOL, Safari, Opera or Netscape, but Blackboard is only certified as being compatible with Internet Explorer. Be sure to install the newest version of your preferred browser, if you are able.
Additionally, you should set your display at 1024 x 768 24-bit true color (800 x 600 will be okay; however, it may require more scrolling horizontally.) This will afford you the opportunity to view the materials in a congruent fashion. Finally, you may need some browser plug-ins to view some of the multimedia materials, e.g. Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash, Java, etc. Many of the plug-ins are included in Internet Explorer 6 or 7; therefore, you will not need to download them if you install, or have already installed, IE 6 or 7. The same information should apply if you are using another browser.

In addition to a different role than you are accustomed to from an instructor, you probably will not see any of your classmates throughout the course. Also, most of your contact with your classmates and your instructor will be text based. Because of the anonymity of text based conversations and the inability to discern body language and nonverbal cues, it is imperative that all communication be professional and appropriate for a classroom setting within an institution of higher learning. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disciplinary action and potential dismissal from the class.

Hybrid Online

The hybrid version of HS 123 also covers the same topics covered in the HS 123 online and on campus courses. The chief difference in the hybrid online course is there are regularly scheduled, face-to-face meetings. Assignments can be submitted in class or online. Papers submitted online must be sent as attachments to e-mails. Discussions, activities, chats, and surveys/quizzes/tests are conducted within the Blackboard environment. I will be working with students in the classroom to access the online materials.
The course materials will be presented on a weekly basis, thus you will not be able to work ahead. Please note: This is not an independent study course.
You may, however, work at your own pace and when it is convenient for you to complete the work. Access to course materials is available, via the Internet, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. I will be in the lab/classroom to assist you with the technology issues related to accessing the course materials, to provide lecture/discussions and at times to present video materials.

Good luck and take the time to review the HS 123 online:online orientation I have created for you. By reviewing the online:online:orientation you will learn how to successfully navigate your way through this course. If you feel comfortable with trial and error navigation (guys rarely ask for directions), feel free to log into Blackboard and select the HS 123 course link. The syllabus is located in the Start Here section of Blackboard.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via email: dhelms@msjc.edu, or post a comment in the Troubleshooting Discussion Forum. Please be sure to check the announcements page regularly for any updates.