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Application of Employment Supports

Course Code: DACS 5132
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Disability & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: Summer
course overview

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.

Course Content

Overview of career path and vocational planning, including:

  • Developing a client/consumer profile
  • Understanding the role of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understanding the diverse workplace
  • Features of workplace success

Develop a conceptual understanding of the assessments and evaluation tools used in employment supports services:

  • Utilizing and understanding various assessments (eg. IEPs, Psycho-educational reports, etc.)
  • Explain the process steps in referral, funding and obtaining various assessments
  • Examine a variety of vocational diagnostic tools
  • Explore ethical considerations of application of assessments
  • Explain the challenges and opportunities regarding accessing services

Overview of the features of person-centred planning, including:

  • Customized employment
  • Transitions
  • Job carving
  • Job analysis
  • Niche employment
  • Natural supports
  • Teaching and learning workplace strategies
  • Essential employability skills
  • Understanding the role of diversity in the workplace
  • Data gathering tools etc.
  • The diverse workplace

Review the elements of on-going supports:

  • Understand the function of job maintenance, follow-up and long term supports
  • Explain the components of case management
  • Explore critical issues in maintaining success on the job including employee evaluation, conflict management, re-training etc.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Case study
  • Presentations
  • Guest speakers
  • Video/DVD

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:

  • Research paper
  • Presentation
  • Literature reviews
  • Case Study/critiques

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the essential components of a vocational plan, including developing a customer profile and customizing employment.
  2. Evaluate vocational/employment assessment and tools.
  3. Identify features of career exploration strategies.
  4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of effective data gathering teaching and learning work place strategies in the workplace
  5. Identify features of high quality long-term supports that include job maintenance and long term follow-up.

course prerequisites

With permission of instructor

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.