This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of a health-enhancing lifestyle. Students will be invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students will be introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing. Students will also be introduced to the role of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) within the British Columbia health care system. Students will be introduced to the healthcare team and the roles and function of the HCA within the team. Students will also have opportunities to develop self-reflective skills required for competent practice and will be introduced to effective job-finding approaches.
Health as process i.e. a journey not a destination
Physical, psychological/emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual dimensions of health
Determinants of Health and how they affect health
Stress and stress management
Workplace Settings and Contexts
Team work in Healthcare Settings
Legal and Ethical Issues
Professional Approaches to Practice
Methods of Instruction
Group discussion/group activities
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.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss the interrelationship of physical, social, cognitive, emotional and spiritual dimensions of health.
- Display an understanding of how lifestyle choices and behaviours contribute to the dimensions of health.
- Display an understanding of the complexity of the change process in relation to health promotion.
- Display an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of HCAs within the health care system in British Columbia.
- Contribute to the effective functioning of the healthcare team.
- Function in a responsible, accountable fashion recognizing legal and ethical parameters of the HCA role.
- Apply self-reflection and self-appraisal processes in order to recognize and respond to own self-development needs as a care provider.
- Confidently conduct a job-search process.
HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1103 + HCSW 1104 + HCSW 1105
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.
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.