Personal and Professional Development

Applied Community Studies
Child, Family & Community Studies
Course Code
CFCS 1121
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks, Evening Section for Part-time students
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course emphasizes self-awareness and interpersonal understanding promoting a balanced personal and professional lifestyle and skillset. Using contemporary theories it will provide students with a framework for personal and professional development.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Personal development is an essential component of preparing oneself for the human services field
  • Wellness is a holistic concept that encompasses the body, mind and spirit of the individual
  • Self-awareness is an important component of personal and professional development
  • Working with others in groups is an essential part of the human service profession.
  • Wellness includes an understanding of stress and how to deal with it
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Group work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Audio-visual presentations
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.   This is a Mastery/Non-Mastery course. 

  • Reflective Writing
  • Group Presentation
  • Participation
  • Other
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to care for self in the domains of physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual wellness
    • Research the domains of wellness
    • Assess own wellness experience using a variety of instruments
  2. Demonstrate beginning reflective writing skills
    • Develop understanding of relationship between reflective writing and self awareness
  3. Develop understanding of basic stress management techniques
    • Assess own style of managing stress
    • Research theories of stress management
    • Incorporate stress management into own life
  4. Demonstrate basic self-awareness
    • Reflect on and write about personal development
    • Reflect on and write about basic interpersonal skills
  5. Develop beginning work group skills.
    • Practice basic listening and communication skills
    • Practice beginning group process skills such as group structure, communication, listening, providing feedback, problem-solving, assertiveness and facilitation.
Textbook Materials




No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CFCS 1121
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (1.5)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Summer 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.