Course Content and Outcomes Guide for AD 102 Effective Fall 2021
- Course Number:
- AD 102
- Course Title:
- Drug Use and Addiction
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Articulate the effect of trauma and/or the chronic use of drugs on the brain including neurochemistry and specific psychological and behavioral impairment.
- Identify effects particular to specific drugs of abuse (e.g. up and down regulation, symptoms of use, route of administration, tendency to physical dependency, and challenges for recovery).
- Describe treatment options including levels of care and medication-assisted treatment.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
At the beginning of each term, the instructor will detail the methods used
to evaluate the student acquisition of the targeted competencies. The
methods used may include one or more of the following tools: examinations,
quizzes, homework assignments, professional journal reviews, research papers,
small group projects, oral presentations or maintenance of a journal.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
A. Introduction to Human Physiology
1.1 Nervous System
1.2 Endocrine System
1.3 Respiratory System
1.4 Circulatory System
1.5 Immune System
1.6 Digestive System
1.7 Reproductive System
B. Basic Pharmacology
2.1 Routes of Administration
2.2 Drug Metabolism
2.3 Drug excretion, drug testing
2.4 Half life
2.5 Dosage and Potency
2.6 ED50, LD50
2.7 Drug Interactions
2.8 Physical Dependency
C. Drug Categories
3.1 Stimulants (including nicotine)
3.4 Opiates (including methadone)
3.7 Psychotropic medications
3.8 New drug trends
D. Drug Treatment
4.1 Drug Therapies (including methadone, buprenorphine, and other medication
4.2 Treatment protocols for each drug category
4.3 Emerging treatment issues
4.4 Responding to infectious diseases (Tuberculosis, HIV,
Hepatitis C) common to the addictive population
4.5 Diagnosis (including DSM IV and ASAM criteria)
4.6 Fetal Drug Effects
4.7 Medical Complications
1) The primary source of the content for this course will be textbooks, web-based
resources and peer reviewed journals which address the targeted concepts.
2) Class lectures and discussion activities will be utilized to illustrate and facilitate
understanding of the targeted concepts.
COURSE ACTIVITIES AND DESIGN
1. Identify the basic structures and functions of a neuron and how
drugs affect the neuron.
2. Trace drugs effects to appropriate brain structures.
3. Develop a basic understanding of how the major body systems
function and how drug use affects that functioning.
4. Describe the basic pharmacology of targeted drugs from each
5. Identify physical dependency, overdose risk, withdrawal and
treatment strategies for each drug category.
6. Articulate the physical consequences, the relative risk,
prevention and management strategies for targeted infectious
diseases (Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C).
Instructional Delivery Mode: This course has been approved for classroom, hybrid, and distance modalities.