HDEC 100 - Essential Skills for Human Service Workers

This introductory course will focus on foundational skills for students in the human services fields, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of written communication. The research essay, APA style, observation/assessment tools and basic workplace communication methods will be covered.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


None (may be taken concurrently with HDEC 101, HDEC 104, HDEC 103, ECED 109A, ECTA 121, or ECED 101).



Non-Course Prerequisites:
Criminal Record Check Schedule B works with “children” or works with “children and vulnerable adults"





Course Content: Themes:
- Ways of knowing
- Elements of effective written communication



- Written communication tools




The intention of this course is to prepare students to communicate effectively in writing. A student who successfully completes this course will be able to:
- Use his/her personal knowledge of the elements of effective written communication to communicate clearly with adults and children
- Apply his/her knowledge of observation/assessment techniques to daily situations in the workplace

A student who successfully completes this course will have demonstrated the ability to:
- Organize and write concise, effective documents and research essays/reports
- Research and document information for a variety of audiences and purposes
- Use grammar and other writing conventions appropriately
- Use a variety of observation/assessment tools in an objective manner
- Make appropriate choices for use and implementation of observation/assessment tools
- Summarize, analyze and evaluate data in a useful and appropriate manner






Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%) 


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/early-learning/teach/ece/bc_occupational_competencies.pd


Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.