Concepts for Practice

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HCSW 1101
Concepts for Practice
Health Care Support Work
Health Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
60 hrs per semester
Method(s) Of Instruction
Learning Activities


Group discussion/group activities

Audio-visual materials

Case studies

May include other methods (e.g. guest speakers, role play, etc.)

Course Description
This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.
Course Content

Characteristics of Caring and person-centred practice

Basic Human Needs

Human Development

Family in Health and Healing

Cultural influences on aging and health; culturally sensitive care.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Protection and Safety in Health and Healing

Learning Outcomes

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


  1. Display an understanding of person-centred care that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual.
  2. Discuss basic human needs and common characteristics of human development as these concepts relate to person-centred care.
  3. Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and service.
  4. Contribute to the safety and protection of self and others within a variety of work environments.
  5. Display an understanding of the role of family, culture, diversity and life experience in aging, health and healing.
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.  A minimum mark of 65% is necessary to be successful in the course.

Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

 A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided to students at the beginning of the semester.