Application of Employment Supports

Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
Course Code
DACS 5132
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This upper level undergraduate course examines the range and application of employment supports and services for people with disabilities, youth at risk, mental illness and others who experience significant barriers. This course focuses on the use of the evidence-based employment supports methods practices and supports. Topics include developing vocational plans, job analysis/carving, cultural competency, and assessment and evaluation tools.
Course Content

Overview of career path and vocational planning, including:

  • Developing a client/consumer profile
  • Understanding the role of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understanding the diverse workplace
  • Features of workplace success

Develop a conceptual understanding of the assessments and evaluation tools used in employment supports services:

  • Utilizing and understanding various assessments (eg. IEPs, Psycho-educational reports, etc.)
  • Explain the process steps in referral, funding and obtaining various assessments
  • Examine a variety of vocational diagnostic tools
  • Explore ethical considerations of application of assessments
  • Explain the challenges and opportunities regarding accessing services

Overview of the features of person-centred planning, including:

  • Customized employment
  • Transitions
  • Job carving
  • Job analysis
  • Niche employment
  • Natural supports
  • Teaching and learning workplace strategies
  • Essential employability skills
  • Understanding the role of diversity in the workplace
  • Data gathering tools etc.
  • The diverse workplace

Review the elements of on-going supports:

  • Understand the function of job maintenance, follow-up and long term supports
  • Explain the components of case management
  • Explore critical issues in maintaining success on the job including employee evaluation, conflict management, re-training etc.
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Case study
  • Presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Video/DVD
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:

  • Research paper
  • Presentation
  • Literature reviews
  • Case Study/critiques
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the essential components of a vocational plan, including developing a customer profile and customizing employment.
  2. Evaluate vocational/employment assessment and tools.
  3. Identify features of career exploration strategies.
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of effective data gathering teaching and learning work place strategies in the workplace
  5. Identify features of high quality long-term supports that include job maintenance and long term follow-up.
Textbook Materials




With permission of instructor


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for DACS 5132
Athabasca University (AU) AU HSRV 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTS 3XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV EPSE 4th (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ADED 407 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC HLTH 3XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023