Class Description

Doon campus

American Sign Language: This introductory course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) with basic communicative competencies. Students learn to handle basic everyday communication: exchanging information, identifying others and giving simple directions. Topics focus on personal information and the immediate environment. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on developing question and answer skills. Cultural notes and videotapes provide information on Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.

Basic Manicure: Students will learn the basic theories and practices of hand care, generic product knowledge, limited hand massage, nail polish applications and manicure treatments.

PSW Professional Practice 1: This course introduces the support worker student to the foundational concept of being a professional including the role, responsibilities, accountability, and scope of practice of the support worker as a member of the interprofessional team working in various health care settings.

This course presents

  • strategies for being a successful college student
  • relevant workplace legislation and the importance of following established policies and procedures
  • ethical principles and professional boundaries in a variety of health care settings

The student will be introduced to

  • the roles of the interprofessional health care team with a focus on collaboration using a professional approach to provide supportive person-centered care across the lifespan.
  • current issues and trends in the health care delivery system and their impact on the support worker role
  • the importance of communication and interpersonal skills, including observing, reporting, documenting, and transferring accountability essential to establishing and maintaining effective helping relationships with interprofessional team members, clients, and family members
  • topics of neglect and abuse and appropriate responses for the support worker will be explored.

Psychology Today: Why are cell phones so addictive? Are humans actually getting smarter with access to more information or are we just becoming “pancake people” or superficial consumers of information? Are people becoming more narcissistic? Why is being in love so powerful and how does it affect our brain? Why do people commit school shootings and other atrocities? Will we eventually be able to upload our consciousness? Does using social media cause depression? Or are we becoming lonelier as we become more connected? Why are people so influenced by trends in the media? Psychology can help start answering all of these questions. Psychology is the scientific study of human thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Topics of interest to psychologists include all aspects of everyday life, from simple to complex thoughts to behaviours that might surprise us. This course introduces students to the human psyche by drawing on some of the hot topics in psychology today. This course is structured around themes pulled from media and research, and will delve into psychological explanations of these phenomena. Topics will explore what psychology is and does; the brain; cyberpsychology and technology; intelligence; interpersonal relationships and interactions; parenting, personality; consciousness; social psychology and psychological disorders.


  • Textbooks and supplies provided