Health Challenges 1

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
HCSW 1104
Health Challenges 1
Mental Health and Personal 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 introduces students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students will explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students will also be encouraged to explore person-centered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health.
Course Content

Medical Terminology

Structure and function of the human body

Challenges to health and healing

  • Broad effects on the individual and family of health challenges.
  • Common disorders related to each body system

Applying critical thinking and problem-solving when caring for individuals experiencing common health challenges in various health care settings

Nutrition and Healing

Learning Outcomes

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


  1. Display and understanding of the structure and function of the human body and normal changes associated with aging.
  2. Display a sound understanding of common challenges to health and healing.
  3. Discuss nutrition as it relates to healing.
  4. Describe ways to organize, administer and evaluate person-centered care and service for clients/residents experiencing common health challenges.
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.