Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs


  2. A. Course Title: Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
    B. Course Number: CJ 223C - 10842
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Fons, August
    G. Office: Bob Moran Hall (MB) 139
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2721
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course will emphasize the pharmacological properties of abused drugs, common abuse patterns, field-testing, evidence requirements, and investigation techniques utilized in narcotics and dangerous drug investigations. This is a three credit hour course.


    The purpose of this course is to make the subject of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs & related crime comprehensible to those students who are considering a career in the profession as well as those who are simply curious about narcotics and dangerous drugs and thier effect on society. Students should check with their advisor/counselor to determine whether this course is transferable to other institutions.



    Drugs, Society, & Criminal Justice, Levinthal, 4th Edition


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Additional Grading Scale (Possible Points):

    1188 - 1320 = A
    1056 - 1187 = B
    924 - 1055 = C
    792 - 923 = D
    791 or below = F

    Point accumulations will be calculated based on the following:

    Introduction Discussion (50 points)
    Student Profile (25 points)
    Contact Information (10 points)
    Academic Honesty Acknowledgement (10 points)
    Syllabus Quiz (25 points)

    This quiz will cover the material provided in the Introduction and syllabus. This quiz will need to be completed no later than the second scheduled day of class.

    Unit Assignments to include Class Discussions ( 800 points)

    There will be eight unit assignments. Each week you will be required to respond to written questions from your chapter reading assignments. These questions will be answered in a Microsoft Word document and submitted via the Assignments page. You will also be required to respond to discussion question/(s) which will also come from your reading assignments. These responses will be posted to the class discussion board. Write one or two constructive paragraphs for each response and either submit or post to the discussion board as is appropriate. You are also required to comment on at least two other studentís responses by replying to the students posted messages on the Discussion Board. Each Unit Assignment will be worth a total of 100 points (50 points for the discussion posting and 50 points for your answers to the written questions)..

    Tests (Each test is worth 100 points for a total value of 400 points)

    There will be four tests throughout the semester which will cover all chapter assignments. Test #1 will cover Chapters 1-4. Test #2 (Mid-Term) will cover Chapters 5-8. Test #3 will cover Chapters 9-12. Test #4 (Final Exam) will cover Chapters 13-18.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    To provide students with a generalized understanding of drugs and the law. This will be done by examining drug history, the biological, psychological and sociological explanations of drug abuse, the various types of treatment and prevention programs, the business of drugs, drug laws, investigations and law enforcement.


    At the conclusion of this course, a student should be able to:
    1. Identify the various drugs of abuse and their effects.
    2. Discuss the various sociological theories of drug abuse.
    3. Recognize the varous psychological theories of drug abuse.
    4. Describe model programs for drug abuse treatment and drug abuse prevention programs.
    5. Identify the legal implications of illegal use of drugs.
    6. Appraise the business aspect of drugs and drug trafficking.
    7. Compare and contrast the pros and cons of drug decriminalization.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students are expected to log into class minimally three times a week. The purpose of this expectation is to ensure students are staying current on announcements, assignments, and related course requirements.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as oneís own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    The course will follow this general outline and should help you stay on track with required readings and assignments:
    The professor may alter the schedule of this outline as warranted and/or as needed:

    Date Due Assignment
    2nd Day of Class Student Biography (Introduction)
    2nd Day 0f Class Introduction/Syllabus Quiz
    Week #1 Read Chapters 1 and 2
    Wednesday/Week #1 Assignment One-Discussio Saturday/Week #1 Assignment One-Written
    Week #2 Read Chapters 3 and 4

    Wednesday/Week #2 Assignment Two-Discussion Saturday/Week #2 Assignment Two-Written Saturday/Week #2 Test #1 [Chapters 1-4]
    Week #3 Read Chapters 6 and 7
    Wednesday/Week #3 Assignment Three-Discussion Saturday/Week #3 Assignment Three-Written
    Week #4 Read Chapters 8 and 9
    Wednesday/Week #4 Assignment Four-Discussion Saturday/Week #4 Assignment Four-Written Saturday/Week #4 Test #2 [Chapters 5-8]
    Week #5 Read Chapters 10 and 11
    Wednesday/Week #5 Assignment Five-Discussion Saturday/Week #5 Assignment Five-Written
    Week #6 Read Chapters 12 and 13
    Wednesday/Week #6 Assignment Six-Discussion Saturday/Week #6 Assignment Six-Written Saturday/Week #6 Test [Chapters 9-12]
    Week #7 Read Chapters 14 and 15
    Wednesday/Week #7 Assignment Seven-Discussion Saturday/Week #7 Assignment Seven-Written
    Week #8 Read Chapters 17 and 18
    Wednesday/Week #8 Assignment Eight-Discussion Saturday/Week #8 Assignment Eight-Written
    Week #9 (Finals Week)
    Monday/Week #9 Test #4 [Chapters 14,15,17, & 18]