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Concepts for Practice

Course Code: HCSW 1101
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students will be introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on concepts of caring and person-centred care; basic human needs and human development; family, culture and diversity as they relate to health and healing. Students will also be introduced to a problem-solving model that will be critical to their practice.

Course Content

Characteristics of Caring and person-centred practice

Basic Human Needs

Human Development

Family in Health and Healing

Cultural influences on aging and health; culturally sensitive care.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Protection and Safety in Health and Healing

Methods of Instruction


Group discussion/group activities

Audio-visual materials

Case studies

May include other methods (e.g. guest speakers, role play, etc.)

Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.

This is a graded course.  A minimum mark of 65% is necessary to be successful in the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Display an understanding of person-centred care that recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each individual.
  2. Discuss basic human needs and common characteristics of human development as these concepts relate to person-centred care.
  3. Use an informed problem-solving approach to provide care and service.
  4. Contribute to the safety and protection of self and others within a variety of work environments.
  5. Display an understanding of the role of family, culture, diversity and life experience in aging, health and healing.

course prerequisites


HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104 +

HCSW 1105

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.