The Effects And Properties Of Drugs And Alcohol EDUC1071

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the properties and pharmacology of drugs and alcohol and their physical, social and psychological effects upon the individual.


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Requirements of Entry

A minimum of one year working experience with people experiencing Alcohol and Drug misuse problems. Successful candidates require to demonstrate, to the course selectors, an ability to study at a higher education level.


Summative assessments contributing to the final grade will be taken from an essay of 1500 words, a multiple choice and essay exam and individual presentations. These assessment methods reflect the content, nature and intended learning outcomes of the course and are designed to develop student skills and knowledge.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

■ Acquire knowledge of the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs and how this can inform practice.

■ Develop an informed knowledge of the range of effects that psychoactive drugs have upon the individual, community and society and the relationship this has to practice

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Illustrate the basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic features of psychoactive substances and demonstrate relevant practice considerations

■ Explain the actions of the major classes of psychoactive drugs and examine how this influences the individual

■ Discuss the physical and psychological short and long term effects of drugs and alcohol on the individual illustrating how this may inform practice

■ Examine the physical and psychological short and long term effects of poly drug use upon the individual and appropriate responses required by practice

■ Discuss the social and cultural consequences of drug and alcohol consumption


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.