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ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


ENG 115 involves the study of university level critical analysis and the production of expository and persuasive writing appropriate to university level discourse across the curriculum. A variety of rhetorical models are studied and practiced. Emphasis is placed on research, documentation and the writing of a research paper. Students may not receive credit for ENG 115 if they have previously completed ENG 116 or ENG 117.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, ENG 098, or ENG 160; or C+ in ESL-092 and ESL-095; or English Assessment; or Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with band scores of 6.0 in Writing and Reading; or completion of ENG 104.

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ENG-116 Essay Writing & Indigenous Perspectives

3 hours lecture, or distance (D), 3 credits


ENG 116 introduces university-level research and writing in the humanities and social sciences and/or natural sciences with a specific focus on contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada. Students will critically analyze and study the writing, oral and aural practices of Indigenous scholars and teachers in a variety of disciplines and settings. Emphasis is placed on respecting and interweaving non-Indigenous and Indigenous ways of knowing and research methodologies in writing a post-secondary research paper. Students may not receive credit for ENG 116 if they have previously completed ENG 115, ENG 117 or ENG 125.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 098, ENG 096, ESL 090 or ENG 160; or English Assessment; or Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with band scores of 6.0 in Writing and Reading (Effective for the 2018/19 academic year); or completion of ENG 104.

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HSW-136 Holistic Health And Well BeingPLA

3 hours lecture/lab, 3 credits


This course is designed to examine and incorporate holistic perspectives in the health of both clients and caregivers. Topics will include self-care and awareness, trauma-informed care and ethical and legal issues related to health care. It will also provide instruction in the basics of personal care for clients. Community resources for health information and support will be explored.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in one of Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, Spoken Language 11, EFP Literary Studies and Writing 11, EFP Literary Studies and New Media 11, EFP Literary Studies and Spoken Language 11, English 11, English First Peoples 11, or ENG 052; or English Assessment.

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HSW-152 Foundations of Human Service Practice

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course introduces students to a wide range of social problems through exploration of definition, evidence, causation, consequences, values and intervention. The student will be introduced to a variety of viewpoints, with an emphasis on a critical thinking approach.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Acceptance into the Human Service Certificate Program

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HSW-164 Foundations of Community Support

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course introduces students to a diversity model approach regarding persons with disabilities. Supports and services that empower persons with disabilities are presented and the strengths of person with disabilities are emphasized. Issues of devaluation and discrimination of individuals with disabilities will be identified and discussed. There is a focus on person-centered practice and a strengths perspective.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in all first term HSW courses.

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HSW-167 Support Strategies for Skill Development

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course introduces students to the principles of positive behaviour support. Students will learn methods for identifying, observing, measuring, and reporting behaviour and skills. Support strategies for skill development and enhancement of quality of life will also be included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in all 1st term HSW courses

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HSW-170 Education Assistant/Community Support Practice Experience I

6 - 8 hours/week practicum + 3 hours seminar/week at NIC, 3 credits


Students complete a practicum of six to eight hours per week in an agency, facility or school setting. The practicum site is chosen to complement the course selection and certificate designation. This experience emphasizes a generic approach with a focus on the establishment of a knowledge base, initial skill development, and an understanding of professional expectations. Weekly seminars assist students to make a connection between theory and their practice while building proficiency at self evaluation.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in all 1st term courses

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HSW-174 Human Service Practice Exp II

30 hours/week practicum placement for 6 weeks + 3 hours seminar/week, 4 credits


This full-time, six week practice experience completes the final component of the Community Support Worker and Education Assistant training. Students are placed in an agency, facility or educational setting, supporting individuals with a physical, cognitive, or psychiatric disablity. Students must successfully complete this practice experience at an employment readiness level in order to receive their certificate.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in all 2nd term HSW courses

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HSW-190 Education Assistant in the Classroom

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course is designed to provide Education Assistants with background knowledge and understanding of the administration and organization of schools. The roles of the Education Assistant in the classroom and the relationship of the Education Assistant with other professional groups in the school and the community are also focal points of study. In order to promote understanding of issues associated with students with special needs, a study of controversial issues in education is undertaken.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C in all 1st term HSW courses

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PSY-250 Human Development From Conception Through Childhood

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of child development up to, but not including adolescence. The impact of genetics and environment, major theories of human development, methods for studying child development, cultural diversity, and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres are included.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & 131 Minimum grade C

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PSY-251 Human Development From Adolescence Through Adulthood

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


This course provides an overview of human development from adolescence through old age. Topics include the impact of genetics and environment, development in adolescence and adulthood, cultural diversity, change and development in the physical, cognitive, emotional and social spheres, and death, dying and grieving.


Prerequisite(s):

  • PSY 130 & PSY 131. Students may take PSY 251 without PSY 250 but must read Chapters 1 and 2 in the text before starting PSY 251 Minimum grade C

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SSW-121 Interpersonal Communications

3 hours lecture, 3 credits


With a focus on developing effective communication skills in Human Service Work, this course will promote the students understanding of using communication for relationship development in a variety of Human Service settings, and as well, foster an enhancement of self-awareness and functioning in relationships with others.


Prerequisite(s):

  • C+ in English Studies 12, Provincial English 12, English First Peoples 12, ENG 096, or ENG 098; or C+ in ESL 092 and ESL 095; or English Assessment; or Admission into the Social Services Diploma or EA/SC Certificate Program. University Transfer students require a C+ or better in Grade 12 English or equivalent, instructor permission and a letter of intent.

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