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PSY5030 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology
Version produced : 17 April 2014

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or PDPP

Synopsis

This course focuses primarily on acquisition of foundation knowledge and is divided into three parts. The first part, Modules 1 and 2, concern the evolution and current status of drug classification systems, as well as information about the psychophysiology of drug addiction. The second part, Modules 3 to 9, focuses on specific classes of drugs, including stimulants, depressants, and alcohol, and covers all of the common and emergent forms of substance misuse. Students are guided through readings and activities to develop their core knowledge of drug classes, the effects of each drug type, including physical, psychological, and teratogenic risks, and the rehabilitative potential for each. The final aspect of the course, Module 10, pertains to ethics and cultural factors as a foundation for professional practice or as preparation for related courses in the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies. The course is presented in a structured 10-module format, and assessed via a series of online quizzes and a major written assignment addressing a discipline-specific or practice-relevant topic.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2013 External