Donette Steele, M.A. / Clinical Psychology

Physio & Pharmacology of Drugs HS 46

HS 46 - Physio & Pharmacology of Drugs

Long Beach City College/  S2014      

Instructor: Donette Steele, M.A                                                          


                Phone: 562 856-8122 (Msg)


Required Text: Drug Use and Abuse 6th Edition/ Authors: Maisto/Galizio/Connors/ Cengage Publishing




Chapter 1:  Drug Use and Abuse                                                    Feb. 4 and 11

Chapter 2:  Drug Use: Yesterday and Today                                  Feb. 18

Chapter 3:  Drugs and the Nervous System                                    Feb. 25

Exam 1 Chapters 1, 2, and 3                                                           March 4

Chapter 4 Pharmacology                                                                 March 4

Chapter 5:  Psychopharmacology and New Drug Development     March 11

Chapter 6:  Cocaine, Amphetamines and Related Stimulants        March 18

Exam 2     Chapter 4, 5 and 6                                                         March 25

Chapter 7:   Nicotine                                                                       March 25    

Chapter 8    Caffeine                                                                       April 1

Chapter 9    Alcohol                                                                         April 8

Exam 3    Chapters 7, 8 and 9                                                         April 15

SPRING BREAK                                                                         April 22

Chapter  10:  Opiates                                                                       April 29

Chapter 11:  Marijuana                                                                     May 6                                              

Chapter 12:  Hallucinogens                                                              May 13

Exam 4         Chapters 10, 11 and 12                                               May 20

Chapter 13:   Psychotherapeutic Medications                                  May 20

Chapter 15:  Treatment of Substance-use Disorders                       May 27

Chapter 16:   Prevention of Substance Abuse                                 May 27 

Final Date to be announced Chapters 13, 15 ad 16                        June 3

This course examines the effects that alcohol and several other psychoactive drugs have on our brain, body and everyday behavior. Issues including drug tolerance, dual diagnosis and the effects of drugs on sexual performance are examined and as well as how to utilize this information when developing a treatment plan. This course is required for students preparing for both the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) and/or California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) certification.


Student Learning Objectives:

  □ At the end of this course students will be able to do the following:

 1. Analyze the effects of alcohol and psychoactive drugs on the mind, body and behavior, including the following drugs; alcohol, opiates, barbiturates, psychedelics, marijuana, tobacco, nicotine and methamphetamines.

 2. Identify the signs of both the psychological and physical stages of the addiction process plus evaluate when clients have reached each level.

 3. List and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment strategies for education and determine which strategies work best to minimize these risks.

 4. Understand how drugs get into the brain and understand the role of the nervous system

OFFICE HOURS: I am available after each class and by appointment. I can also be reached at (562) 8568122. Leave a return number and the best times to reach you. I will not return calls if you have any type of call blocking on your line as I will not release my home number. My email address is I will return email promptly.

EMAIL: Email will not be opened by the Instructor unless the subject line includes your name, name of the college and course name. Email me at and dsteele@ Do not call the college with messages for the instructor as the Department does not accept messages. Do not call me with a message that you will not be in class, this is your responsibility and not mine. Again, do not the email address at the college. My email address is Always send a backup email to my alternate email address which is

ASSIGNMENTS: Do not call me and ask what the assignments are OR what chapter we are on OR when the exam is - pair up with another student and work with them. Attend class so you have this information. Do not ask me, if you miss class, if you missed anything important as it is all IMPORTANT.

EXCHANGE PHONE NUMBERS/EMAIL ADDRESSES: You are required to write two other students phone numbers and email addresses on the back of your first Exam Scantron. If you do not have this information on the back of the Scantron, If you do not include this information I will deduct 50% from your first exam score. Use these contacts if you miss a class or wish to discuss information from the lecture or text book. If the students you exchange phone numbers and email addresses with withdraws from the course, you will need to get new phone numbers and email addresses from other students.

EXAMS: You will be taking five multiple choice exams; each will cover the material from the assigned chapters of the text, readings, films and lectures. You are responsible for all of the material in the assigned chapters, readings, films and lectures. Your grade will be based on your four highest exam scores. Each exam is worth 20% of semester grade. Participation is 20% of your semester grade. Bring an 882 Scantron and a pencil. You may not leave the classroom once you began the exam, unless you request to do so and are given permission to do so by the Instructor. All materials, if permission is given, must be left with the Instructor. During an exam, the Exam must cover your Scantron. Any Scantron not covered (except for the question you are working on) will be picked up by the Instructor and a grade of (0) F will be given to the student for the exam.

 Written -Participation Exercises will be conducted in class. You must be present to receive credit. Some materials for the exercises will be posted online. You will be directed to print from course website and bring to class as necessary. Participation is important in the class and makes up a substantial

(20%) portion of your Semester Grade.  There will be various written assignments for each chapter.    

FIRST EXAM: On the back of your Scantron for the first exam you must list two other students, their phone number, and their email addresses. Failure to do this will lower your first exam score by 50%.

MISSED EXAMS: There are NO makeup exams for the course for any reason. You are allowed to drop your lowest exam score, so if you miss an exam that will constitute your lowest exam score and will be dropped. Do not ask as the answer is no. You may drop your lowest exam score. Missing any other exams will result in a 0% averaged into your semester grade for each counted exam.

Extra Credit: No extra credit. If you cannot pass the exams, you do not have the basic knowledge of the subject in order to pass the course.

GRADING: The scale for assigned letter grades is as follows: 90%+ = A, 80%+ = B, 70%+ = C, 60% + = D, below 60% = F.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory according to academic policy. The policy states: Attendance is the student's responsibility. In the event of excessive absences (20% or more of course meetings), the instructor may drop a student from the course or lower the student's grade.   

LATENESS TO CLASS: Do not walk in front of the Instructor during lecture. Keep disruption to a minimum. If role has been taken and you are not present you must (hand write) the Instructor, your name, class and the reason for being late and how you will avoid being late in the future or you will be counted as absent. The Instructor monitors absences and late students and this may lower your semester grade. The Instructor may take role at the beginning of the class or at the end or both. Not being present will count as an absence and participation credit cannot be earned if you are not in class to participate.

WITHDRAWING FROM COURSE: It is your responsibility to withdraw from the course should you decide to do so. It is your responsibility to complete and submit the paperwork to withdraw from the course. Failure to do the required paperwork by the required date will result in a Semester Grade being assigned by me. Usually not officially dropping a course due to poor grades will lead to the assignment of a failing grade in the course

CLASS DECORUM: I enjoy and encourage participation during the class. No question or comment is irrelevant and no question is stupid. If you choose to speak, please speak to the whole class. Aside conversations are not permitted. If you choose to speak and not address the entire class, or engage in private conversations, you will be asked to leave. If a student is directed to leave the class more than once, the student may not be allowed back into the class and a grade of F may be recorded for their semester grade. If you talk and distract me during lecture I know you are distracting to students who may wish to get an education. Respect their right to do so and do not behave in a disruptive or distractive manner during class. I take this seriously and, if you do disrupt or distract, you and I will be having a private chat regarding your behavior and its consequences. Do not sit with your conversation buddies if you cannot control your behavior or their behavior.





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