HLTH 1051: Health 1

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care giving contexts. Students are encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own com-munication choices and patterns. Participants develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

Learning outcomes

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

  • *Identify the characteristics and qualities of effective interpersonal communications.
  • *Discuss the interrelationships between self-awareness, self-esteem, and perception as these relate to communication choices and patterns.
  • *Demonstrate effective, caring interpersonal communication with clients/residents, colleagues, and others.
  • *Apply self-reflection and self-appraisal processes in order to increase your own effectiveness in interpersonal contexts.

*From: BC Ministry of Advanced Education. (2015). Health Care Assistant Program: Provincial Curriculum Guide 2015, 43-44. Province of British Columbia. http://urls.bccampus.ca/2yx . Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 unported license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Course topics

  • Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • Knowledge of self
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Responding to others
  • Conflict Management and Resolution

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J. Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. 4th edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9781771720434
  1. Sorrentino S. A., Remmert, L., Wilk M. J. Workbook to accompany Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker. 4th edition. Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2018.
    Type: Workbook, ISBN: 9781771721271
  1. Mosby Inc. Mosby's Nursing Assistant Video Skills. 4th Edition . Elseivier/Mosby Inc., 2015.
    Type: Online Access Code, ISBN: 9780323581899

Package ISBN: 9780323892131 (*the custom package includes all items listed above)

*It is possible to complete this program with the 3rd edition of the text package.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, students are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in person approved Testing Centre. Please contact exams@tru.ca with any questions about this.

Assignment 1: Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication 10%
Assignment 2: Perception Checking 5%
Quiz (Lessons 1 - 4) 25%
Assignment 3: Paraphrasing 5%
Assignment 4: Empathic Responding 10%
Assignment 5: Assertive Communication 5%
Assignment 6: Communication Skill Review 5%
Final Examination (mandatory) 35%

Students in the Health Care Assistant Program must achieve a minimum grade of 70% on the mandatory final exam and in the course overall. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% in each required theory course and a COM (complete) for the competency based portions of laboratory and practicum courses to pass the program. Students must pass each course to continue in the program.

Students cannot re-write failed assessments and, if unsuccessful on a second attempt at any course, will be asked to withdraw from the program.

All Program courses must be completed within 3 years of initial course enrolment.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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