HLT 121 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Business Administration, Science, and AAS programs that require HLT/PED electives


Course Number & Title:  Health 121: Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse


Credit Hours:  3        Hours/Wk Lecture 3                     Hours/Wk Lab:                       Lec/Lab Comb: 3



I.              Catalog Description:  Explores the use and abuse of drugs in contemporary society with emphasis upon sociological, physiological, and psychological effects of drugs.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

This course explores the science of drug use in those who are responsible and those who are irresponsible owing to abuse and misuse. This course meets health/PED requirements for all.


III.           Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course.

Prerequisites ENF 1


IV.          Course Content (list the major topics):

a. Drugs in Perspective

b. Motivations for Drug Use

c. Drugs and the Law

d. Narcotics

e. Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs

f. Psychotherapeutic Drugs

g. Stimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and Caffeine

h. Marijuana

i. Over-the-Counter Drugs

j. Substance Abuse Treatment


V.           Learner Outcomes:

Students will:


a.    obtain an overall view of drug use and abuse, including historical perspective, motivations for drug use, social implications, and legal ramifications of drug use.

b.    have knowledge of specific categories of drugs,

c.    have knowledge of the psychological and physiological effects of different drug types.

d. have knowledge of treatment and prevention for drug abuse.

     VI.        Evaluation: Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, tests, and written assignments defined by faculty. All students must a final project.

VI.          This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Personal Development