Curriculum Guideline

Practicum 1

Effective Date:
Course Code
CCSD 1240
Practicum 1
Disability & Community Studies
Applied Community Studies
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 5 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
10 160 Seminar hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction
  • On-Site Practice and Guidance
  • Seminar
Course Description
This applied course builds on first semester courses and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal, and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.
Course Content

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

  1. Learning from experience is a characteristic of exemplary practitioners.  Practicum settings create opportunities for students to refine their skills of reflection and adaptation in response to their practice experience.
  2. Learning in a practicum setting provides opportunities to examine assumptions and to explore creative modes of inquiry that is not available in classroom settings.
  3. Field settings provide opportunities to synthesize personal and classroom experiences and create openings for new learning.  Learners gain both insight and practice knowledge from field experiences.
  4. Observing, participating with, and receiving guidance from experienced practitioners is crucial for effective practice.
  5. Practitioners who regularly and accurately assess their performance and who set goals for their ongoing professional development is effective in their work.
  6. A well developed personal philosophy of practice is a cornerstone of competent human service practice.  A personal philosophy needs to be informed by and respond to practice experiences.
  7. Experience in the field settings allows learners to demonstrate and enhance their abilities to problem solve, be flexible, think creatively and take responsibility for their action
  8. Reflecting on and evaluating practicum experiences with peers and mentors maximizes field based learning experiences.
Learning Outcomes

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

  • Students are expected to meet the following program learning outcomes at “participation” level, i.e.:
    • Engages
    • Explores, assists, understands, describes, categorizes, classifies, prioritizes
    • Identifies patterns and themes
    • Takes initiative in some areas
    • Compares and contrasts alternatives
    • Practices with moderate supervision
    • Practices with clustered guidance
    • Personal Accountability
  • Practice ethically and accurately assesses the quality of own performance
    • Accurately evaluates own practice
    • Pursues a professional development plan
    • Applies personal and professional values to ethical practice
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness and Leadership
    • Communicate in a caring, respectful and clear manner.
    • Effectively communicates for various purposes and audiences
    • Facilitates caring and respectful interpersonal relationships
    • Demonstrates individual leadership as a team member
  • Theoretical Reasoning
    • Think critically to construct plausible explanations for individual, family and community experiences.
    • Applies elements of critical thinking when problem solving
    • Uses theory to explain behaviour and guide actions
    • Thinks creatively in response to individual needs
  • Technical Competence
    • Use a variety of strategies to contribute to self-reliance, interdependence and quality of
    • Promotes wellness of self, others and community
    • Builds community presence, participation and contribution
    • Strategically facilitates learning
    • Advocates for individual rights and self determination
    • Promotes safety of self and others
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Demonstration
  • Self Assessment
  • Oral and Written Presentations
  • Mid-point and Final Interviews
Textbook Materials



CCSD 1140 and CCSD 1150 and CCSD 1170 and (CFCS 1110 or DVST 0356) and CFCS 1120 or CFCS 1121) and CFCS 1130

Which Prerequisite