Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems

10 Units

Provides an overview of alcohol and other drug use and drug related problems viewed from a range of perspectives including biopsychosocial, pharmacology, medicine and epidemiology. Neuroadaption, prevention and treatment are also introduced. Emphasises skills for critically analysing sources of information about drugs.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about alcohol and other drug use and associated problems and critically analyse sources of information
  2. Describe and critique models of alcohol and other drug use
  3. Describe commonly used psychoactive drugs and their effects
  4. Discuss patterns of alcohol and other drug use
  5. Discuss the impact of alcohol and other drug use on individuals and families
  6. Discuss approaches to prevention of drug related problems
  7. Discuss current psychological and medical trends in treatment for drug problems
  8. Define emerging psychoactive and synthetic drugs and understand their effects.
  9. Discuss recent developments in neurobiology and substance use research
  1. Profile of contemporary alcohol and other drug issues
  2. Drug effects: pharmacology of psychoactive drugs
  3. Models of alcohol and other drug use
  4. Overview of treatment for alcohol and other drug problems
  5. Current alcohol and other drug issues
  6. Epidemiology of alcohol and other drug use
  7. Emerging Psychoactive Substances.
Assumed Knowledge There is no formal prerequisite for this subject. Experience working in an alcohol or other drug setting is advantageous.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment
  • Quiz: Multiple Choice Questions
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term (Contact hours are an indication only.)
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for MEDI6130
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