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Personal and Professional Development

Course Code: CFCS 1121
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks, Evening Section for Part-time students
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course emphasizes self-awareness and interpersonal understanding promoting a balanced personal and professional lifestyle and skillset. Using contemporary theories it 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:

  • Personal development is an essential component of preparing oneself for the human services field
  • Wellness is a holistic concept that encompasses the body, mind and spirit of the individual
  • Self-awareness is an important component of personal and professional development
  • Working with others in groups is an essential part of the human service profession.
  • Wellness includes an understanding of stress and how to deal with it

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Group work
  • Experiential classroom activities
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Audio-visual presentations

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.   This is a Mastery/Non-Mastery course. 

  • Reflective Writing
  • Group Presentation
  • Participation
  • Other

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate ability to care for self in the domains of physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual wellness
    • Research the domains of wellness
    • Assess own wellness experience using a variety of instruments
  2. Demonstrate beginning reflective writing skills
    • Develop understanding of relationship between reflective writing and self awareness
  3. Develop understanding of basic stress management techniques
    • Assess own style of managing stress
    • Research theories of stress management
    • Incorporate stress management into own life
  4. Demonstrate basic self-awareness
    • Reflect on and write about personal development
    • Reflect on and write about basic interpersonal skills
  5. Develop beginning work group skills.
    • Practice basic listening and communication skills
    • Practice beginning group process skills such as group structure, communication, listening, providing feedback, problem-solving, assertiveness and facilitation.

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.