Curriculum Guideline

Self and Professional Practice

Effective Date:
Course Code
INTR 1120
Self and Professional Practice
Sign Language Interpretation
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
30 hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • Lecture
  • Group work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Audio-visual presentations
Course Description
This course emphasizes a developmental approach to self-awareness and professional practice. It provides students with a framework to explore wellness themes pertinent to the field of sign language interpreting.
Course Content

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

  • Maintenance of personal wellness is an essential component of the sign language interpreter.
  • Professional boundaries must be established in order for interpreters to function effectively.
  • Reflective writing strengthens the ability of the professional interpreter to learn from experience.
  • Dialogue with working professionals encourages the application of classroom learning.
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate ability to integrate wellness into day-to-day life
    • Practice and document personal wellness plan during semester
    • Practice physical self-care to avoid repetitive strain injuries while interpreting
  2. Demonstrate strategies for managing personal and professional boundaries
    • Develop understanding of professional boundaries
    • Apply knowledge of boundaries to professional practice
  3. Relate reflective writing skills to professional practice
    • Practice reflective writing skills
    • Learn about the different types of reflective writing used in field work
  4. Apply classroom learning to the professional field
    • Interview a professional interpreter working in the field about their experience in using course content in their work
    • Present findings to classmates.
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:

  • Reflective writing                     
  • Class presentation                     
  • Self-evaluation
  • Participation
  • Other

This is a mastery/non-mastery course.

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