Advanced Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation and Health Promotion

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 4901
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will build on the student’s understanding of assessment in order to more fully examine assessment instruments used in therapeutic recreation and other allied health fields. Students will explore the selection and evaluation of assessment instruments, the development of agency specific assessment instruments and the use of assessment instruments in community based research.
Course Content

Overview of main concepts linked to assessment

  • Philosophy
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Interview
  • Observation

Measurement terminology

  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Fairness
  • Practicality and usability

Factors for  selecting an assessment instrument

  • Assessment planning process
  • Content of TR intervention programs
  • Tools for evaluating and selecting an assessment instrument

Evaluation of Commercial Assessment Instruments

  • Description of assessment tool
  • Practical evaluation
  • Technical evaluation

Implementing an assessment

  • Assessment protocol
  • Documentation of assessment in client records

Assessment instruments used in TR and Allied Health

  • TR assessment instruments
  • Allied Health assessment instruments
  • Application in community based research

Agency specific assessment instruments

  • Factors to consider
  • Development of the instrument
Learning Activities
  • Lecture/discussion
  • Media
  • Small group work
  • Case studies
  • Community service learning
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:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Community service learning
  • Tests

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe measurement terminology and philosophical links to research and evaluation
  2. Discuss factors for selecting an assessment instrument
  3. Discuss ways to evaluate a commercial assessment instrument
  4. Design and implement an assessment protocol including documentation in client’s record
  5. Apply a variety of assessment instruments related to key concepts such as quality of life, serious leisure, happiness, self-efficacy
  6. Explore the use of assessment instruments in community based research
  7. Apply observation as an assessment procedure
  8. Discuss ways to develop an agency specific assessment instrument.

Textbook Materials





No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 4901
Athabasca University (AU) AU HSRV 3XX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU HKIN 1XX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 3XX (1)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Winter 2023