Drugs & Individual Behavior
Dr. Linda L. Walsh
Spring, 1999
11:00 T Th   Sabin 307

Table of Contents
Text and Class Schedule
Course Objectives
Grading Scale
Drug Info Links
Links to other Walsh Pages
Meet My Family
A sample of my garden
Our pet Buffy

Dr. Linda L. Walsh
Office: Baker 441     Office Hours: 8:30-10:30 daily; 
Mailbox: Baker 334   other times by appointment; drop-bys welcome.
Phone: 273-2690      Email: walsh@uni.edu 
Course online syllabus at: http://www.uni.edu/walsh/drugs98.html 

Class Schedule & Reading Assignments
Chapter numbers refer to text by Charles Levinthal:
Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society (Second Edition)
Underlined text refers to World Wide Web documents,
easily accessed from our online syllabus.
Optional studyguide at Copyworks.

Tentative Schedule
Date Day Topic Reading Assignment
01-12  T Introduction to Drugs  Syllabus; Chapter 1 (focus on definitions & patterns of use) 
Monitoring the Future Home Page
01-14 TH Getting Drugs Into the Body, 
Drug Effect Time Course, 
and Drug Interactions
Interested in drugs & the elderly, click here
Chapter 3
Alcohol-Drug Interactions 
01-19 T Intro to the Nervous System 
   and Neurotransmitters
Chapter 3
01-21 TH Personal & Social Dangers of 
Drug-Taking Behaviors
Interested in reading more about adverse drug events? Here is a good article written from a nursing perspective
Chapter 2 
Reporting Adverse Reactions and Other Product Problems
FDA Consumer Reprint--FDA's Tips for Taking Medicines
01-26 T Being a Critical and Careful Consumer
An FDA Guide to Dietary Supplements

TH Stimulants: Caffeine & Its Relatives 
Notes Due to Play Caffeine Jeopardy
Chapter 12
Facts About - Caffeine
Exploring Chocolate
02-02 T TEST 1!!! Return to Table of Contents
02-04 TH Stimulants: Nicotine
Chapter 11  Facts About - Tobacco

Nicotine and the Brain
The QuitNet - A Free Resource To Quit Smoking
Smokeless Tobacco Danger Signs

Tips for Quitting Smokeless Tobacco Use 
ISAIC - Outside Resources-Tobacco
02-9 T Stimulants: Amphetamines Chapter 4 Addiction's Path
Amphetamines (Speed, Whizz)
Facts About Amphetamines
Non-Medical Use of Ritalin
02-11 TH Stimulants: Cocaine 
Drug Info Resource Assignment Due
Chapter 4

Facts About - Cocaine
Self-Test for Cocaine Addiction
Cocaine and Crack
02-16 T General CNS Depressants: Introduction Chapter 9
BAC Chart
Alcohol Self-Assessment
College Students & Drinking 
02-18 TH General CNS Depressants: Alcohol Chapter 9
Facts About - Alcohol
Facts About - Alcohol, Other Drugs and Driving 
MADD Alcohol News
02-23 T Notes Due to Play Alcohol Abuse Jeopardy Chapter 10 
Fact Sheet - FAS
What is FAS?
02-25 TH Test 2 Return to Table of Contents
03-02 T CNS Depressants: Sedative/Hypnotics and Antianxiety Drugs Chapter 15
Facts About - Barbiturates
Facts About - Benzodiazepines
Facts About - Tranquillizers 
03-04 TH Psychotherapeutic Drugs: Antidepressants
Chapter 16 

03-09 T Antipsychotics Chapter 16
What's New in Antipsychotics
03-11 TH Over-the-Counter Analgesics  Chapter 14
From Rx to OTC
OTC Home Page 

03-23 T
03-25 TH Opioid Analgesics
Decoding an OTC Package Due
Chapter 5
The Opiate Receptor
Heroin (H., Smack, Brown)
Facts About - Opiates
03-30 T Treatment of Narcotic Addiction Chapter 5
Facts on Naltrexone
04-01 TH Test 3 Return to Table of Contents
04-06 T Marijuana Chapter 7  
The Brain's Stash Marijuana
NORML - Test Your Marijuana IQ
Marijuana Anonymous 
04-08 TH Marijuana continued; Inhalants
Evaluation of an OTC Advertisement Due
Chapter 13
Factline on Inhalants
Facts About - Inhalants
Reducing Inhalant Abuse
Nitrites (Poppers) 

Solvents (Glue, Gas)
04-13 T Hallucinogens Chapter 6
Facts About - Hallucinogens
Facts About - LSD
Facts About - PCP

Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms)
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide MDMA (Ecstasy)
ACh Related Hallucinogens
04-15 TH Hallucinogens continued Chapter 6
04-20 T Anabolic Steroids
Chapter  8

Anabolic Steroids
04-22 TH Drug Testing Chapter 16
04-27 T Prevention and Education Chapter 17
04-29 TH Test 4

"How much of this stuff will be on the exam?"

Yes, this course has a lot of assigned links, which have a lot of links, which have a lot of links . Relax, some of these links are images, self- or brief examples to help you learn class material. Only a portion of them are "readings". Many of the web links I will actually use as part of lecture. Exam questions will cover only material in the text and studyguide, in lectures, and the first level of linked pages unless I specifically tell you to "click on" additional items on those pages. Feel free to go beyond what's assigned however - that's often how you'll find what in neurology is most personally meaningful or useful to you. What you find will reinforce the textbook and lectures, and so it will also help you to do better on the exams. The more ways that you interact with the vocabulary, concepts and findings we will be discussing, the better your memory and understanding of the material will be.

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Course Requirements

     Realizing that this course draws students from many different majors and with varying commitments outside of the class, I have tried to design a flexible set of assignments that gives you some freedom of choice. A few assignments I consider important learning experiences for all students. These are labeled REQUIRED below. Other assignments may be of interest to students with particular career goals/interests or to student who prefer to have a greater percentage of their grade based on assignments and a smaller percentage of their grade depending on tests. Many students feel like they have more control over how well they do on assignments vs the uncertainty of how well they might do on exams. These assignments are labeled OPTIONAL below. Note that OPTIONAL does not mean extra credit: if you choose to do optional assignments your "points possible" increases, the relative importance of tests decreases. In the end your grade will be based on the percent age of points you earned. Our 4 exams will be worth about 125 each or 500 points total. The remaining will come from the assignments below. Please note that late submissions will lose points.

REQUIRED Due 1/28. 10 pts Come to class with organized notes on the Caffeine chapter. Use those notes to compete in Caffeine Jeopardy and earn extra credit points. Only those who turn in good notes that day can earn Jeopardy points!

REQUIRED Due 2/11. 75 pts Using Drug Info Resources: I believe that everyone should know how to find information on the medications they or their loved ones are taking. Today's physicians rarely take the time to fully inform patients about their meds and often don't ask what other drugs are being used. I think its important to take an active role in monitoring your health care - even if it means wading thru some medical jargon. For this assignment you must find key information on prescription drug of your choice, using the Physician's Desk Reference and at least 1other general drug reference. A handout will be provided.

REQUIRED Due 2/23. 10 pts Come to class with organized notes on the alcoholism chapter. Use those notes to compete in Alcohol Abuse Jeopardy and earn extra credit points. Only those who turn in good notes that day can earn Jeopardy points!

REQUIRED Due 3/25. 35 pts Decoding an OTC package: You don't have to see a physician to use OTC drugs. We should be able to make sense of the information provided (by law) on OTC packaging and should recognize what, on the package, is promotional advertising. Each student will be given an OTC package to analyze. A handout will be provided.

REQUIRED Due 4/8. 50 pts Critical evaluation of a OTC drug commercial or ad. Videotape a drug commercial or xerox drug ad from a magazine. If possible find an ad for one of the OTC analgesics or cold or allergy medications discussed in class. Using class information and drug references evaluate everything that is said, everything that seems to be suggested, the way the drug is portrayed or referred to, sale pitch, and the accuracy, honesty & completeness of the info presented. Is the manufacturer being totally straight forward with the consumer? Or does the ad mislead consumers with what it says, implies, or what it fails to say? If you wrote or spoke to the manufacturer would you praise or "tsk tsk" their advertising? A handout will be provided.

Grad students will, in addition, be asked to prepare a review of current research on a narrowly defined drugs topic (125 pts; handout will be provided).

Optional Assignment. Participate in a 2 day Addiction Simulation and 3/13/97 prepare an hourly log and a 1- 2 page of discussion of the experience. Be sure to include discussion of how it felt to have something influencing you schedule (making hourly log entries is our substitute annoyance to take the place of hourly cravings/withdrawal symptoms)? How did you deal with having something to hide - something you had to lie about (your bracelet is a substitute for the needle tracks or crack pipe that must be concealed)? How about the planning necessary to have access to and discretely use ICECUBE? What effect did the simulation have on your activities, your interactions with others during those 2 days? (see end of studyguide for more details) 50 pt

Optional Assignment. Prepare an original electronic presentation of recent (1990's) drug information (from professional journal articles or books) to "teach" others about some drug related topic of interest to you. This could be a series of electronic "slides" of lecture material using a program like Powerpoint (similar to many of our class lectures) supported by references or create a drug topic-related page to be shared on the world-wide web. Ask for further information. May be done anytime during the semester but submitted no later than 4/24. Purpose: Delving into some recent research on a drug topic takes you beyond the "pre-digested" information in our text to what's going on right now in the Drugs field. Organizing material to present to others - especially when you are trying to teach your audience - can be the best way to learn the material yourself. Making presentation materials that you are proud of can be beneficial outside of our course as well - you can use your materials (on disk or on the web) as a sample of your work. And just being able to list use of presentation software like Powerpoint or "publishing" on the web on your resume or grad application can also be a plus. 50 pt

Optional Assignment. Arrange to go out into the community (Waterloo-CedarFalls or your hometown area) and interview an individual or individuals who are currently working living in areas affected by drug-use (police, substance abuse counselors, school counselors, health care providers, individuals using psychotherapeutic drugs and their families, court officials are some that come to mind). Plan for your interview carefully, doing some reading to help prepare a good list of questions. Prepare a report on the individual(s), the setting and the interview responses. If you feel you and your interviewee are up to it, a videotape of your "investigative report" could be an alternative. Due by 4/23. 50 pt

Do you have an idea of another type of Optional Assignment that would allow you to learn about a Drugs topic (and demonstrate that learning in a novel way) that would better fit your career goals and talents? Come see me!

10 pt Extra Credit. Keep a blank videotape handy to record any shows, segments, or news reports on the drugs/drug issues we cover in this class. Turn the tape in to me with a summary of the program, why you think it's relevant to the class, and a critical evaluation of the segment using an evaluation handout.(tape will be returned). May be done once for credit.
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  • Grading: Undergrads doing required assignments will have 75% of their grade based on exams & 25% based on assignments. Doing optional assignments changes this balance. For example, completing 100 pts of optional assignments means that 65% of your grade will come from exams and 35% from assignments.

  • Grades will be based on the total number of points accumulated during the semester. Tests be worth approximately 125 points each plus a couple extra credit points.
    Test 1         125 + a couple extra credit
    Test 2         125 + a couple extra credit
    Test 3         125 + a couple extra credit
    Final           125 + a couple extra credit
    Required Assignments 180 points
    Total =       ~680 + some extra credit, more points possible if you do some optional assignments
    (Grad student will have an additional lit review assignment worth 125 points.)
  • Your final course grade will be assigned according to this scale:
  • Grade
    80.0 - 82.9%
    67.0 - 69.9% 
    90.0 - 92.9% 
    77.0 - 79.9% 
    63.0 - 66.9% 
    87.0 - 89.9% 
    73.0 - 76.9% 
    60.0 - 62.9% 
    83.0 - 86.9% 
    70.0 - 72.9% 
    0.0 - 59.9% 
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    About Your Prof

    Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
    Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Illinois, Chicago;
                      M.A. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago;
                      Ph.D. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago
    Married:  James Walsh (attorney)
    Children:  3 girls (Jennifer (16), Sara (13), & Annie (9))
    Hobbies:  Gardening, gourmet cooking, travel, volleyball, reading
    Most unusual experiences: Performing brain surgery on rats, riding an elephant (twice!),
                     climbing the Great Pyramid, wearing a live python around my neck, flying in a
                     blimp, visiting ancient Greek ruins, giving birth
    Goals: Continue to learn for the rest of my life, enjoy my professional and private lives, help
                    others discover psychology (especially biopsychology)

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    This page was prepared by Linda Walsh, Dept. of Psychology,
    University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0505.
    Last updated 1/11/99.