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CRMJ 2332 (previously CRMJ 2030) Syllabus

Course Syllabus

CRMJ 2332 (previously CRMJ 2030) - Drug Identification and Effects

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course is a study of the fundamentals needed for identifying both the appearance and effects of controlled substances. Students receive guides to controlled substances; their color, trade names and drug codes. The topics studied in this course include a critical examination of the physiological, sociological and legal aspects of drug abuse and the many complexities which have developed as a direct or indirect result of drug abuse in society.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Know the basic provisions of the Controlled Substance Act of 1970.
  2. Know the five categories of the Federal Controlled Substance Schedule, and how it is modified.
  3. Know the seven categories of the Tennessee Controlled Substance Schedule, and how it is modified.
  4. Identify major drugs of the stimulant, depressant and hallucinogenic class, including their physiological and psychological effects.
  5. Know the source of illegal drugs, organized drug crime, state and federal criminal drug laws. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:

Course Topic #1 - A History and Introduction to Drugs of Abuse
Course Topic #2 - Drug Classifications and Effects
Course Topic #3 - The Stimulants
Course Topic #4 - The Hallucinogens
Course Topic #5 - The Depressants
Course Topic #6 - Legal Highs
Course Topic #7 - Drug Paraphernalia
Course Topic #8 - Drug Trafficking
Course Topic #9 - The Federal Controlled Substances Schedule
Course Topic #10 - The State of Tennessee Controlled Substances Schedule
Course Topic #11 - The Complete Student Workbook for this Course 

Specific Course Requirements:

Complete all graded Module exams. These exams are found under the Assignments tab of the course and are to be completed only after you have finished the coursework for the associated module. You will need a modern computer with Word and Adobe Reader software to complete this course. See Hardware Requirements and Software Requirements on next page.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:


Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

The course testing procedure is to enter the Assignments tab after completing each module 1 thru 11, and taking the examination which corresponds for that module. 

Grading Procedures:

Your course grade is the average of the 11 module examinations.

Grading Scale:
Point Range Assigned Grade
90 - 100 PointsA
80 - 89 PointsB
70 - 79 PointsC
65 - 69 PointsD
Under 65 PointsF


Assignments and Projects:

Enter and complete the Discussions requirement after each module.

Graded Assessments

10 Exams @ 10 points each 100
Total Points 100


Class Participation:

Class participation in this course is satisfied by active participation in the Discussions area.

Late Policy:

This online course is not subject to any late class policy. The course must be finished by the end of course deadline.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on July 12, 2021