PHED 1346
Substance Abuse

Western Texas College
Department of Physical Education

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. This course is designed to introduce the students to the basic substance abuse and related issues surrounding this concept.  The students will gain the knowledge of substance abuse, how to recognize signs and symptoms and deal with them.  This class will also teach students steps to deal with this subject and deal with a variety of issues that stem from substance abuse and how they apply to healthy living.
    2. Prerequisites - None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Analyze the physiological, pharmacological and psychological effects of licit and illicit drugs, related to use, misuse and abuse including (but not limited to) alcohol, tobacco, performance enhancing, over-the-counter prescription, and designer/synthetic drugs.
    2. Evaluate the sociological impact of drugs within the context of health literacy, recreational use, social implications, stereotypes, family dynamics and work environments.
    3. Articulate and apply behaviors related to personal responsibility including (but not limited to) healthy attitudes and behaviors, refusal skills, decision-making, and risk-taking behavior.
    4. Compare and contrast how dependence and addiction occurs including (but not limited to) treatments and prevention strategies.
    5. Survey the historical influence on the drug-oriented society, sport and cultural beliefs and its bearing on personal drug behavior to include (but not limited to) laws that arise related to substance use, misuse, and abuse.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Class attendance
    2.  Complete outside assignments
      1. Weekly outside research papers
      2. Current Issues knowledge and research
      3. Group activities and class participation
      4. Written tests and quizzes
      5. Substance Abuse paper
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Every student will need to have a folder to keep weekly papers.
    2. Every student will need a highlighter.
    3. No book is needed for this class; students will receive handouts.
  5. Other Policies: Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
    7. Departmental Policy in regard to make-up/late work: Late papers will be penalized at 10 points per day.  After 5 days the grade turns to an automatic “0”.
  1. Course Organization & Tentative Schedule*
Week Topic Assignment
Week 1

Course Introduction

Review class requirements

Week 2

Substance abuse in our society

Research substance abuse in our society and write a summary of your findings.

Week 3

Substance abuse on our college campuses

Research substance abuse on our college campuses and write a summary of your findings.

Week 4

Alcohol, drugs and other forms of addiction

Research addictions and write a summary of your findings.

Week 5

Signs and symptoms of addiction

Write a paper on the signs and symptoms of addiction.

Week 6

Personal health and substance abuse

Write a paper on personal health and how this relates to substance abuse.

Week 7

Exercise and how it relates to addiction and abuse

Write a paper on exercise and how it relates to addiction and abuse.

Week 8

Group project in class

No outside assignment

Week 9

Group project in class

No outside assignment

Week 10

Steps to recovery

Research the steps to substance abuse and addiction recovery and write a summary of your findings.

Week 11

7 habits of successful people

Research successful people and what it takes to be successful and contributing to our society.

Week 12

Review Case studies

Research addiction in famous people and write a brief report of your findings.

Week 13

Review Case studies

Write a paper on substance abuse and how this relates to you personally.

Week 14

Wellness and healthy productive living

Research current news of people who are role models on this topic.  Be ready to discuss your findings.

Week 15 & 16

Review and Final

Prepare for the final

*The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change



Last Modified: March 19, 2018