General Instructions Applicable to All Forums

For this week’s forum assignment, respond to the following: As two classes of substances that are prone to abuse and dependence, distinguish between the effects that depressants and stimulants have on the body and mind. Discuss the complications that can arise when a substance use disorder is a comorbid (or co-occurring) condition for individuals experiencing another mental disorder. Give an example where substance abuse could be negatively reinforced by the presence of other symptoms of psychopathology.

Remember that all posts are graded for substance and thoughtful consideration of the forum topic. Your post must also end with a “Question to the Class” – something related to the topic that you found thought-provoking and about which you’d like to know more and have further dialog.

General Instructions Applicable to All Forums

One “Initial Post” in response to your instructor’s instructions (located on the Forum in your online classroom) is due by Wednesday by 11:55 p.m., ET. This post must be a minimum of 300 words in length. At least three (3) replies to a classmate’s post of your choice is due no later than Sunday by 11:55p.m. Reply posts must be a minimum of 200 words. Point assignment is based on these requirements and the Discussion Forum rubric below.

Because scholarly discussion and related student interaction within a learning community are such essential aspects of online learning, participation is graded and required.

Forum post source citation is not required for forum posting in our class. This is because we are engaging in conversation that happens to be in writing form, not composing essays or research papers. You will, however, need to paraphrase (restate in your own words) any words of published authors in parts of your posts that are based on their work. Copying of published material, which is plagiarism, is prohibited and any instances of it, including forum posts, will result in a zero score without an option for re-submission to recoup lost points and a report sent to the Registrar’s Office per University policy.

Discussion forum posts will be graded on verbal expression, critical thinking, making an effort to not just participate in but contribute to the dialog with initial and reply posts of a substantive nature commensurate with graduate level studies. Posts must have correct grammatical construction, spelling, and punctuation with no texting or other casual style language.

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