Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

EACS Course Descriptions

EDCS 1540
EDCS 1540
Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
HUMS
Self awareness is a foundation for the development of competent education assistant and community support workers. By focussing on personal development, students learn and use interpersonal communication skills effectively, while knowledge and skills are introduced that increase effectiveness in helping relationships with client populations. Topics include group dynamics, assertive behaviour, and conflict management.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program

EDCS 1580
EDCS 1580
Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
HUMS
Students are introduced to professional human service practice. Topics include professional values, ethics, conduct, and strategies for self care. Specific to the field of education assistant and community support, students learn about their professional roles in school and community environments.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program

EDCS 1640
EDCS 1640
Foundations of Education Assistant and Community Support Work (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
HUMS
Students are introduced to the theory and perspectives related to supporting individuals with exceptionalities and their families. Students learn about historical movements, inclusive practices, and strategies for teaching. Specific exceptionalities, their characteristics, and etiology are also discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program

EDCS 1650
EDCS 1650
Understanding Behaviour: Learning for Independence (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
HUMS
This course introduces students to nonaversive intervention strategies for dealing with problem behaviour. Students will learn the role of team approach, individual program planning and ethics in the development of a behaviour support plan. An educative approach to behaviour change is emphasized.
Prerequisite: All Fall semester courses. Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program. Required Seminar: EDCS 1650S

EDCS 1660
EDCS 1660
Health Care Principles (3,0,1)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
HUMS
This course overviews the theory and application of preventive health care planning and personal care principles. Areas of study include body mechanics, basic anatomy and physiology of body systems, nutrition, recognition of illness, referral procedures to health care services and issues related to basic pharmacology. Ethical and legal concepts of human service work in relation to health care practice will be discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program Required Lab: EDCS 1660L

EDCS 1680
EDCS 1680
Field Work (0,2,14P)
Credits: 4
Campus
ED
HUMS
This course requires students to be in the field two days per week and to attend weekly two hour practicum seminars. At this time such topics as team work, time management, advocacy, sexuality and family support for individuals with challenges will be discussed, in addition to practicum related issues/concerns. There will be a two week block fieldwork experience at the end of this course.
Prerequisite: A student must receive a passing grade in EDCS 1580 or HUMS 1580 in order to move on to EDCS 1680

EDCS 1750
EDCS 1750
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
ED
HUMS
This course introduces students to a range of communication strategies used in working with children and adults who have limited or not verbal skills. Technological supports for communication will be introduced.
Prerequisite: All Fall semester courses. Admission to the Education Assistant and Community Support program.