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Advanced Assessment in Therapeutic Recreation and Health Promotion

Course Code: THRT 4901
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will build on the student’s understanding of assessment in order to more fully examine assessment instruments used in therapeutic recreation and other allied health fields. Students will explore the selection and evaluation of assessment instruments, the development of agency specific assessment instruments and the use of assessment instruments in community based research.

Course Content

Overview of main concepts linked to assessment

  • Philosophy
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Interview
  • Observation

Measurement terminology

  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Fairness
  • Practicality and usability

Factors for  selecting an assessment instrument

  • Assessment planning process
  • Content of TR intervention programs
  • Tools for evaluating and selecting an assessment instrument

Evaluation of Commercial Assessment Instruments

  • Description of assessment tool
  • Practical evaluation
  • Technical evaluation

Implementing an assessment

  • Assessment protocol
  • Documentation of assessment in client records

Assessment instruments used in TR and Allied Health

  • TR assessment instruments
  • Allied Health assessment instruments
  • Application in community based research

Agency specific assessment instruments

  • Factors to consider
  • Development of the instrument

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Media
  • Small group work
  • Case studies
  • Community service learning

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:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Community service learning
  • Tests

This is a letter graded course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe measurement terminology and philosophical links to research and evaluation
  2. Discuss factors for selecting an assessment instrument
  3. Discuss ways to evaluate a commercial assessment instrument
  4. Design and implement an assessment protocol including documentation in client’s record
  5. Apply a variety of assessment instruments related to key concepts such as quality of life, serious leisure, happiness, self-efficacy
  6. Explore the use of assessment instruments in community based research
  7. Apply observation as an assessment procedure
  8. Discuss ways to develop an agency specific assessment instrument.

course prerequisites

THRT 2301

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.