Practicum 1

Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
Course Code
DACS 1240
Semester Length
5 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
30 (Student to instructor ratio - 1: 7.5)
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This applied course builds on first semester courses and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.
Course Content

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

  1. Learning from experience is a characteristic of exemplary practitioners. Practicum settings create opportunities for students to refine their skills of reflection and adaptation in response to their practice experience.
  2. Learning in a practicum setting provides opportunities to examine assumptions and to explore creative modes of inquiry that is not available in classroom settings.
  3. Field settings provide opportunities to synthesize personal and classroom experiences and create openings for new learning. Learners gain both insight and practice knowledge from field experiences.
  4. Observing, participating with, and receiving guidance from experienced practitioners is crucial for effective practice.
  5. Practitioners who regularly and accurately assess their performance and who set goals for their ongoing professional development is effective in their work.
  6. A well developed personal philosophy of practice is a cornerstone of competent human service practice. A personal philosophy needs to be informed by and respond to practice experiences.
  7. Experience in the field settings allows learners to demonstrate and enhance their abilities to problem solve, be flexible, think creatively and take responsibility for their action.
  8. Reflecting on and evaluating practicum experiences with peers and mentors maximizes field-based learning experiences.
Methods Of Instruction
  • On-Site Practice and Guidance
  • Seminar
  • Online component: small group discussions or blog
Means of Assessment

This course uses the mastery grading system and will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combinatino of:

  • Self-assessment and reflection
  • Mid-point and final interviews
  • Demonstration
  • Oral and Written Presentations
Learning Outcomes

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

Practice at Competency Level 2, i.e. engages; explores (assists, understands, describes, categorizes, classifies, prioritizes); identifies patterns and themes; takes initative in some areas; compares and contrasts alternatives; practices with moderate supervision; practices with clustered guidance; personal accountability, in the following domains:

  1. Practice ethically and accurately, assessing the quality of own performance.
    • Accurately evaluate own practice
    • Pursue a professional development plan
    • Apply personal and professional values to ethical practice

2. Interpersonal Effectiveness and Leadership

    • Communicate in a caring, respectful and clear manner.
    • Effectively communicate for various purposes and audiences
    • Facilitate caring and respectful interpersonal relationships
    • Demonstrate individual leadership as a team member

3. Theoretical Reasoning

    • Think critically to construct plausible explanations for individual, family and community experiences.
    • Apply elements of critical thinking when problem solving
    • Use theory to explain behaviour and guide actions
    • Think creatively in response to individual needs

 4. Technical Competence

    • Use a variety of strategies to contribute to self-reliance, interdependence and quality of life
    • Promote wellness of self, others and community
    • Build community presence, participation and contribution
    • Strategically facilitate learning
    • Advocate for individual rights and self determination
    • Promote safety of self and others
Textbook Materials



Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Camosun College (CAMO) DOUG DACS 1240 (4.5) & DOUG DACS 2340 (4.5) = CAMO CSEA 111 (6) 2018/01/01 to -
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU SEA 109 (6) 2018/01/01 to -
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC CASS 190 (4) or CNC CASS 195 (4) 2018/01/01 to -
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR EAP 104 (4) 2018/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU EDAS 1271 (3) 2018/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG EDAS 1111 (4) 2018/01/01 to -
North Island College (NIC) NIC HSW 174 (4) 2018/01/01 to -
Northern Lights College (NLC) NLC EDAS 152 (3) 2018/01/01 to -
Okanagan College (OC) DOUG DACS 1240 (4.5) & DOUG DACS 2340 (4.5) = OC HSW 130 (6) 2018/01/01 to -
Selkirk College (SELK) SELK CCSW 195 (4) 2018/01/01 to -
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU EDCS 1680 (4) 2018/01/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 2XX (3) 2018/09/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV HSER 131 (7) 2018/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2018/09/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU EACS 180 (3) 2018/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

Start Date
End Date
- 08-Dec-2021
DACS 1240 080 is restricted to CCS students with departmental approval. Seminar times to be determined