Disability & Community Studies

Code Course Description
DACS 1140

Introduction to Practice

In this introductory course, students explore components of exemplary practice within a number of service delivery models. Students will also investigate practitioner roles and responsibilities in the following fields of practice: Behaviour Intervention, Community Support, Education Assistance, Employment Support and Post Secondary Support. This course is required in both the Behaviour intervention (BI) Certificate and the Classroom and Community Support (CCS) Certificate and Diploma.

DACS 1150

Teaching and Learning: Foundations

This course builds students’ observation, planning and teaching skills to create or support meaningful learning opportunities in response to diverse learning styles. Using a common set of values, students will explore several teaching strategies and how these match with different learners' needs.

DACS 1170

Characteristics of Exceptionalities

In this survey course students will investigate a range of developmental disability characteristics and their classification systems, in particular, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). A variety of disabilities and concurrent disorders will be examined as they relate to the etiology, diagnosis, and lifelong impact on people living with the disability.

DACS 1240

Practicum 1

This applied course builds on first semester courses and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

DACS 1241

Behaviour Intervention Practicum

This applied course provides opportunities for students to practice behaviour intervention skills in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

DACS 1250

Teaching and Learning: Universal Design for Learning

This course is based on the fundamentals of Universal Design for Learning. Students collaboratively plan and implement teaching strategies, as well as use tools for monitoring individuals' progress. While reducing environmental barriers to learning, students learn to incorporate multiple means of presenting materials (adaptations), while encouraging individuals' demonstration of learning (expression) and engagement through motivational strategies and effective communication.

DACS 1256

Teaching & Learning: Introduction to Communication & Behaviour

In this introductory course, students learn the principles of behaviour (e.g., ABC pathway ) and the elements of communication (e.g. methods and content). Emphasis will be on supporting communication (including augmentative and alternative communication) and understanding its connection to the function of behaviour.

DACS 1270

Perspectives on Disability

This course is designed to expose students to a variety of perspectives regarding disability. Content topics will include typical responses to diversity, language and labels, disability theory, models of disability, disability culture, advocacy and self advocacy.

DACS 1280

Foundations of Family Support

This introductory course will emphasize the theories and principles of family support, with a focus on person centred practices used to enhance wellbeing and quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Students will examine the interdependence between family and community, and the unique role practitioners play in strengthening relationships and facilitating formal and informal social networks.

DACS 1341

Behavioural Intervention Lab

This course provides working Behavior Interventionists opportunities to deepen their knowledge of and ability to apply the principles and procedures of applied behaviour analysis utilized with children with autism. An emphasis is placed on promoting reflective Behavioural Intervention practitioners.

DACS 2320

Working with Others

This course emphasizes self-awareness and interpersonal understanding. Models that promote positive awareness of self and communication with others will be presented for examination and application to practice.

DACS 2340

Practicum 2

This applied course builds on second and third semester courses and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

DACS 2341

Diploma Practicum

This applied course builds on CCS certificate courses and provides opportunities for students to enhance their skills in a selected site. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.

DACS 2356

Teaching & Learning: Supporting Communication and Behaviour

In this course, students build on DACS 1256 and apply principles of teaching and learning to support individuals whose communication and actions challenge us. Students utilize Behaviour Support planning strategies and incorporate Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods to render challenging behaviours irrelevant, ineffective or inefficient; teach desired and alternative behaviours; and enhance an individual’s quality of life.

DACS 2370

Personal Assistance

This applied lab course emphasizes support skills in personal care and health related procedures. Basic safety principles, human body systems and common health problems will also be reviewed.

DACS 2380

Person Centred Planning and Community Building

In this course, students will explore practical strategies for enhancing citizenship and belonging for persons with disabilities through person centred processes and community building techniques. Students will learn how to identify and obtain crucial information for planning from individuals and their support networks, while learning to differentiate, choose, and evaluate the right methods and supports. Emphasis is placed on understanding planning as a dynamic process intricately linked to building and sustaining relationships in community.

DACS 2420

Personal and Professional Leadership

This capstone course is designed to deepen understanding and application of knowledge and skills introduced throughout the previous semesters. Students will have the opportunity to explore personal and professional leadership opportunities and challenges available in education and human service practice contexts.

DACS 2421

Supports for Children & Youth with Disabilities

This course examines early intervention and inclusive school systems and evaluates current models of support for children and youth with disabilities. Students will examine different school and community supports and services using a quality of life framework.

DACS 2431

Contemp Practice in Adult Serv

This course provides students with an understanding of the unique needs and issues facing adults with disabilities utilizing services. Emphasis will be placed on the policy and legislation, service options, and accountability measures related to inclusive post secondary education, employment, and supports associated with aging and end of life care.

DACS 2440

Service-Learning

This applied course uses a service-learning model as a means for students to define practice skills and make direct contributions to the community. Students have the option of completing a service-learning practicum in typical practice settings or completing a unique service-learning project that would benefit others and provide opportunities for individualized out-of-the-ordinary learning.

DACS 3430

Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan

This upper-level undergraduate course explores Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from a lifespan perspective applying behavioural, social, and cognitive theories. Topics include diagnostic characteristics and the diagnostic process in British Columbia, the etiology, history, and co-morbid conditions associated with ASD. Special emphasis will be given to evidence-based interventions and support strategies within early intervention, school, and employment settings.

DACS 4114

Functional Behaviour Assessment and Clinical Applications

In this course students deepen their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities in conducting various functional behaviour assessments, in selecting individualized interventions for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, and in completing clinical treatment modules for the assessment and treatment of childhood eating and sleep issues as well as stereotypy.

DACS 4115

Ethics in Applied Behaviour Analysis

This course will introduce and thoroughly orient students to the professional and ethical compliance code for behaviour analysts. Students will work through a number of case scenarios identifying various breaches to the ethical code and engage in both individual reflection and group discussion to determine ethical responses and actions in response to difficult situations.

DACS 4116

Advanced Topics in Applied Behaviour Analysis: Intervention

This course will build on the knowledge presented in previous coursework, with a focus on evidence-based strategies for supporting positive behaviours and reducing problem behaviours. Concepts and principles of ABA, such as reinforcement principles and function based treatments, will be reviewed as specific applications of ABA interventions that are applicable in a variety of settings for a variety of populations.

DACS 4122

Foundational Principles and Empirical Basis of Behaviour Analysis

This undergraduate course will introduce students to the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Concepts include ABA definitions and characteristics, behavioural assessments, intervention strategies and outcomes, behaviour change procedures and systems support. All topics will be addressed within the context of current best practices and contemporary professional ethics.

DACS 4123

Single Subject Research And Applications

This course builds upon the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Concepts include ABA definitions and characteristics, behavioural assessments, intervention strategies and outcomes, behaviour change procedures and systems support. All topics will be addressed within the context of current best practices and contemporary professional ethics.

DACS 5111

Disability in Context

This upper level undergraduate course examines historical and contemporary constructions of disability from a variety of perspectives and highlights various frameworks for interpreting the nature and meaning disability. It will examine the characteristics, classification, and pathology of a variety of developmental, congenital and acquired disabilities.

DACS 5112

Functional Behaviour Assessment and Intervention

In this upper level course, students deepen their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities in conducting various functional behaviour assessments and in selecting individualized interventions for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

DACS 5113

Clinical Applications of Behaviour Analysis

In this upper level course, students deepen their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities by completing clinical treatment modules for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Topics may include:
• Behaviour analytic instruction
• The assessment and treatment of childhood feeding and sleeping problems, and stereotypy
• Teaching verbal behaviour

DACS 5121

Foundational Principles of Behavioural Analysis

This upper level course will introduce students to the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). The basic principles of operant conditioning including stimulus control, motivation, reinforcement, punishment, extinction, and schedules of reinforcement will be emphasized using examples of everyday behaviours. Students will also learn how these principles can be applied to persons with autism and other developmental disabilities.

DACS 5122

Empirical Basis of Behavioural Techniques

This upper level undergraduate course builds upon the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Concepts include ABA definitions and characteristics, behavioural assessments, intervention strategies and outcomes, behaviour change procedures and systems support. All topics will be addressed within the context of current best practices and contemporary professional ethics.

DACS 5123

Single Subject Research and Applications

This upper level undergraduate course builds upon the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Topics focus on the use of the scientific method to evaluate behaviourally-based interventions and applications to modify human behaviour. Topics include single-subject experimental designs, variables (including dependent, independent and confounding), data collection methods and procedures, the graphic display of behavioural data, verbal behaviour, antecedent controls, maintenance and generalization. Topics are presented in context of best practices and contemporary professional ethics.

DACS 5131

Introduction to Employment Supports

This upper level undergraduate course examines historical and contemporary constructions of employment services and supports for people with disabilities, youth at risk, mental illness and others who have significant barriers. It will highlight various theoretical frameworks for interpreting the nature and meaning of employment supports. It will also provide an overview of evidence-based practice.

DACS 5132

Application of Employment Supports

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.

DACS 5133

Employment Support Specialty: Selected Topics

This upper level course bridges informal and formal learning. In this course, students will reflect on their experience and choose an individualized employment supports and disability/barrier related learning project on which to concentrate their areas of professional interest.