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Self and Professional Practice

Course Code: INTR 1120
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course emphasizes a developmental approach to self-awareness and professional practice. It provides students with a framework to explore wellness themes pertinent to the field of sign language interpreting.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Maintenance of personal wellness is an essential component of the sign language interpreter.
  • Professional boundaries must be established in order for interpreters to function effectively.
  • Reflective writing strengthens the ability of the professional interpreter to learn from experience.
  • Dialogue with working professionals encourages the application of classroom learning.

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. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Reflective writing                     
  • Class presentation                     
  • Self-evaluation
  • Participation
  • Other

This is a mastery/non-mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate ability to integrate wellness into day-to-day life
    • Practice and document personal wellness plan during semester
    • Practice physical self-care to avoid repetitive strain injuries while interpreting
  2. Demonstrate strategies for managing personal and professional boundaries
    • Develop understanding of professional boundaries
    • Apply knowledge of boundaries to professional practice
  3. Relate reflective writing skills to professional practice
    • Practice reflective writing skills
    • Learn about the different types of reflective writing used in field work
  4. Apply classroom learning to the professional field
    • Interview a professional interpreter working in the field about their experience in using course content in their work
    • Present findings to classmates.

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.