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Lifestyle and Introduction to Practice

Course Code: HCSW 1102
Faculty: Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Course Content

Understanding Health

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

Lifestyle Change

Workplace Settings and Contexts

Team work in Healthcare Settings

Legal and Ethical Issues

Professional Approaches to Practice

Self-reflective Practice

Employability Skills

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. Discuss the interrelationship of physical, social, cognitive, emotional and spiritual dimensions of health.
  2. Display an understanding of how lifestyle choices and behaviours contribute to the dimensions of health.
  3. Display an understanding of the complexity of the change process in relation to health promotion.
  4. Display an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of HCAs within the health care system in British Columbia.
  5. Contribute to the effective functioning of the healthcare team.
  6. Function in a responsible, accountable fashion recognizing legal and ethical parameters of the HCA role.
  7. Apply self-reflection and self-appraisal processes in order to recognize and respond to own self-development needs as a care provider.
  8. Confidently conduct a job-search process.

course prerequisites


HCSW 1101 + 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.