PS390 Selected Topics in Psychology:

for F2T 2007

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CJ 315 Special Topics in Criminal Justice: Addiction/PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology: Addiction


F2T 2007 DL


Waxse, Linda J.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


B.S. English Education, New York University
M.S. Counseling Psychology, Avila College

Office Location

Dearing Hall, Parkville Campus, Parkville, MO

Office Hours

8 am-4:30 pm

Daytime Phone



Class Days


Class Time



Junior Level standing (CJ 315); PS 101 (PS 390)

Credit Hours



1. Required Text:
Inaba, D., Cohen, W., (2007). Uppers, Downers, All Arounders, (6th ed.).  CNS Publications, Inc., Oregon. ISBN: 978-0-926544-28-4

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Course Description:
This advanced course is a specialized study of a particular subject in criminal justice or psychology not otherwise available in the department. This course may be repeated for credit when topics are changed. PREREQUISITES: at least junior standing. 3:0:3 (CJ 315) and PS 101 (PS 390)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate definitions, ideas, and concepts about the topic
  2. Appraise the unique structural features of the specified criminal justice topic
  3. Define and understand the dynamics and allure of addiction
  4. Identify the major classifications of psychoactive drugs and their specific effect on the mind and body
  5. Describe how dependence is defined and diagnosed
  6. Describe the historical and the present day perspective on defining, understanding and treating addiction
  7. Understand the pharmacological effects of the psychoactive drugs
  8. Identify and understand the long term effects of addiction to the individual, the family and society
  9. Identify the different problems encountered by various ethnic and cultural groups as a result of addiction
  10. Evaluate the different models of prevention and treatment
  11. Apply the knowledge of addiction to your daily life
  12. Research, compile and present research findings related to the field of addiction
  13. Demonstrate proficiency of the APA format
Class Assessment:
Midterm due Sunday of week 4 125 points
Final 2 parts--Part 1 is taken in course and Part 2 is taken in the course--due Week 8 125 points
Research Paper due Saturday of week 7 100 points
Discussion Topics (8) 15 points each--300 words--due Thursday of each week 120 points
Homework Assignments (6) 15 points--300 words--due Sundays of week assigned 90 points
At issue group assignments (4) 15 points--300 words--due Saturdays of week assigned 60 points
Mastery Quizzes (7) 10 points each--due Sundays of each week 70 points
Participation Responses (20) 3 points each--due Sundays of each week 60 points
Journal (6) 5 points each--due Sunday of week 2-7 30 points


Grading Policy 780 points possible in class
A--90-100% 703 points and higher
B--80-89% 624--702 points
C--70--79% 546--623 points
D--60--69% 468--545 points
F--below 59% 467 points and lower

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Work:  Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week--Sunday.  

No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted me beforehand and explained any "special" circumstance.  

Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern.  

Please refer to the "Addition to Syllabus" thread for specific details about point deductions.  

There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the timeframe expected.

Points will be deducted for lateness as follows:


Homework, Responses, Journal

Due Sunday

Will not receive credit if received Sunday after 12 midnight Mountain Time

Discussion Topics

Due Thursday

Will not receive credit if received after Thursday 12 midnight Mountain Time

At Issue Group assignment

Due Saturday

Will not receive credit if received after Saturday 12 midnight Mountain Time

Research Paper

Due Saturday of Week 7

Saturday after midnight—24-hour “grace” time

Sunday after 12 midnight—minus 5 points

Monday after 12 midnight—minus 10 points

Tuesday after 12 midnight—no credit will be received

All deadlines are in Mountain Time

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Etiquette/Courtesy:  Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course.  What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  It is important not to take disagreement personally.  Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective.  Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.  An important part of online learning is discussion.  Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.  Because we have differences, we will have conflict.  The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which blocks learning.  Here are online references that discuss online writing and netiquette .

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  • Completing a minimum of 2-4 responses each week (3 points each).
  • Completing weekly reading assignments.
  • Completing weekly assignments--Discussion Topics (due Thursday of each week--15 points each), Homework Assignments (due Sunday of each week--15 points each), “At Issue” Group assignments (due Saturday of each week assigned--15 points) and the Mastery (due Sunday of each week--10 points each) questions.
  • Submitting 1 Journal entry (5 points each) per week (Week 2-7) posted in the Journal section of the Dropbox--due Sunday. Details about the expectations for this assignment are provided in the "Addition to Syllabus" .
  • Completing a 10-page of text (not including title, abstract and reference pages) Research Paper (100 points) using APA format due by Saturday of Week 7. Details of the expectations for this assignment will be provided in the Research Paper thread under Course Home.
  • Completing a Midterm (125 points) due by Sunday of Week 4.
  • Completing a 2-part Final Exam: 1. The proctored Final Exam (50 points) during week 8--final week. The online timed final exam (75 points) due by Sunday of week 8.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
In addition to the information on plagiarism provided in the Syllabus, it is important to add additional information that will prevent problems that have occurred in previous classes.

Assignments are expected to use outside sources such as reliable websites, the textbook Doc Sharing and Webliography information to support your ideas, but this information needs to be integrated into the paper in appropriate ways to highlight and support your ideas, observations and conclusions. This information should not be the major part of your assignment or response.  Information from outside sources needs to be evaluated and discussed  critically.  Outside information is not to be used instead of your own thoughts and observations.  

The assignments must NOT contain large chunks of quotes. When outside sources are used, they need to be documented within the assignment and at the end. Direct quotes (used very sparingly) need to be in quotation marks. It is not acceptable to copy directly from the textbook or websites even if this information is documented at the end of your assignment. Assignments need to be in your own words indicating that you have read and understood the information. A report of the material is not acceptable—the information needs to be applied to the specific questions that are asked in the assignment.

Responses need to follow the above expectations as well. The information used from outside sources needs to be described and discussed as to why this information supports either the question or the assignment of another student. It is not enough to just provide a list with little description or discussion.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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Last Updated:10/3/2007 2:04:12 PM