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Personal and Professional Development

Course Code: CCSD 1121
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging from 2-15 weeks.
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

This course emphasizes self-awareness and interpersonal understanding, which promotes a balanced personal and professional lifestyle and skill set. Using contemporary theories this course will provide students with a framework for personal and professional development.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course: Positive psychology offers a balance to understanding personal behaviour and further self awareness is an essential component of personal and professional development.  This means that the teaching strategies need to be informed by:

  • Demonstrating the ability to explain the key features of the nature of happiness:
    • Assess own happiness levels across a variety of measures Outcome recording
    • Research the foundations of the nature of happiness
  • Demonstrating an understanding of personality traits, characteristics and temperaments:
    • Review the current theories of early development as it relates to the above
    • Examine own values based on theoretical perspectives
    • Assess own values using a variety of measures as it relates to personality and character traits
    • Practice techniques of assessing strengths in self and others
    • Research current findings on altruism
  • Describing the principles of positive psychology and application to personal and professional practice:
    • Practice the skills of learned optimism
    • Review current literature on the attitude of gratitude
    • Examine the principles of play
    • Research current literature on the principle of flow
    • Practice techniques of assessing positive habits of thought and actions
    • Explore link between positive psychology and employee engagement
    • Explore link between positive psychology and work creativity

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group Work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • AV presentations

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting evaluations. This will be a graded course.

  • Unit tests
  • Questionnaires
  • Gratitude exercise
  • Compare and contrast assignment
  • Engaging signature strength exercise.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the nature of happiness and demonstrate the ability to care for self in the domains of physical, emotional, social and intellectual and spiritual growth.
  2. Describe and define temperament, personality and character.
  3. Describe the key features of the principles of positive thought, attitude and actions
  4. Describe how habits of thought, perception and behaviour can impact and be applied to the workplace.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.