Welcome to the Psychology of Addiction
This course is conducted on-campus for all lectures and exams. Some online supplemental materials and videos will be available via the Internet through the Angel course management system.
If you do not have computer access at home, accomodations will be made available whenever possible. I have many students each term without computer access, and it is easy for me to accomodate them. Just be sure to talk to me in class if you need assistance. I am also available to meet with any student, either online or at the West Valley campus, at any time during the term to answer questions or assist in studying. Please note: the final exam is NOT comprehensive for this, or any, of the instructor's courses.
In order to successfully complete this course, you should plan your schedule very carefully and try to stick to it. Look carefully at your work schedule, school schedule, and family obligations and allow plenty of time for each. Based upon District estimates, an on-campus course that meets two times a week will take a minimum of four hours of additional preparation per week.
You are expected to communicate with your instructor and other classmates about specific assignments. When taking a course, either on-campus or partially online, you must take the initiative to ask your instructor questions if you do not understand the material.
What Do I Do First?
Required text & reader (all terms):
Hanson, G. R., Venturelli, P. J., & Fleckenstein, A. E. (2011) Drugs and Society (11th Edition or later) ISBN-13: 978-1449613693
Sheff, David. (2009) Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (a fast read)
**Students must have the required text& supplemental reader by the second day of class. They are available at the WVC bookstore. If you choose to obtain books elsewhere, you must have them by the aforementioned timeframe.
Beginning the Course
1.This course uses an online course management system called ANGEL. It requires that you have a log-in name and password. If you just registered, it may take a few days for the college to set up and process your information on our database before your log-in name is active.
2.On the first day of the semester, go to the ANGEL log-in page and get started:
Click here to access the ANGEL log-in page (remember you need to use the Firefox browser if you are using a Macintosh or either Firefox or Explorer on a Windows PC)You will not be able to access the course before the official start date as listed in the schedule of classes.
Logging into ANGEL
You will need a login name and password to access ANGEL.
Your login user name consists of all seven digits of your student ID number.
If you can't find any paperwork with your student ID number on it, or you never received any paperwork in the first place, please contact:
The college Admissions and Records office at 408-741-2001
Your password is your six digit birthdate.
If you can't log in or need help with ANGEL, please contact Max Gault at:
Enrolling in this Course
1. If you are not a continuing West Valley College Student, you must first apply for admission to the college and register for the course. You may access the college admissions web site by clicking the following link:
To apply for admission, click here
2. After you are registered as a West Valley College Student:
• Find the correct section number for this course in the printed schedule of classes or in the online schedule found at the college web site under the "Quick Links" menu on the home page.