Curriculum Guideline

Working with Others

Effective Date:
Course Code
DACS 2320
Working with Others
Disability & Community Studies
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
60 hours F2F: 2X2; 1X3
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture, video, guest speaker, case studies, readings, practice

Course Description
This course emphasizes self-awareness and interpersonal understanding. Models that promote positive awareness of self and communication with others will be presented for examination and application to practice.
Course Content

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

  • Increasing awareness of personal assets will deepen the reflective process which are important to exemplary practice
  • Identifying and recognizing the assets and strengths of others is fundamental to a strengths-based approach
  • Personal satisfaction and happiness is linked to lower occupational burnout and process a higher quality service to others
  • Working in harmony with others across various contexts is fundamental to being an exemplary practitioner
  • Culture plays a significant role in the majority of interactions we participate in
Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrates the application of positive psychology principles.

  • Explains key features of happiness
  • Assesses own happiness levels across a variety of measures, i.e. surveys, reflective writing, etc.
  • Researches the foundations of the nature of happiness
  • Explains how character traits, temperament and values are a key contributor to happiness
  • Reviews the skills of cognitive/behavioral/emotional resilience
  • Reviews and practice the principles of learned optimism and emotional intelligence


2. Describes and applies theories of effective interpersonal communication across a variety of contexts

  • Describes key theories and essential elements of effective communication, ie. Active listening, body language, tone, etc.
  • Listens actively to colleagues in a classroom context
  • Accurately reflects content and relational messages using a variety of strategies, such as reframing, reflection
  • Demonstrates awareness of environment, timing, culture and leadership philosophy
  • Applies respectful feedback strategies effectively
  • Identifies key messages within a variety of communication events and contexts
  • Identifies several interpersonal communication styles
  • Assesses own communication system using a variety of methods, such as; Personality Dimensions, experiential learning, communication exercises, etc.
  • Considers the significance of culture in interpersonal communication


3. Examines a variety of successful team models and processes

  • Identifies variables associated with effective informal and formal teams, e.g. the difference between task groups and teams
  • Identifies common group difficulties
  • Describes a variety of constructive approaches to maintain positive effective teams
  • Describes professional standards, conduct and practices in informal and formal group meetings


4. Considers assertiveness and conflict resolution as significant elements of communication.

  • Describes elements of assertiveness
  • Explains typical barriers to assertive communication
  • Describes at least one model of conflict resolution
  • Analyzes the relationship between assertiveness and conflict resolution
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Personal research and reflective journaling
  • Group presentations
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Quizzes
Textbook Materials





Students who took CCSD 1220 prior to Sept 2018 may substitute for DACS 2320.

CMNS 1216 and CMNS 1217 may substitute for (DACS 2320 or CCSD 1220)