Personal and Professional Development

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
CFCS 1121
Personal and Professional Development
Child, Family & Community Studies
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks, Evening Section for Part-time students
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
A combination of lecture and discussion to the equivalent of 30 contact hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Group work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Audio-visual presentations
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
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.
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
Textbook Materials


Which Prerequisite

CCSD 240 or CCSD 1240