Human Services (HSRV) 306

Critical Reflection for Practice (Revision 1)

HSRV 306

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Sciences

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HSRV 306 has a Challenge for Credit Option.

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Human Service 306 Critical Reflection for Practice is a project course that students normally take following completion of two years of study at the junior level. The assignments are the project components that will consolidate your learning.

In addition, HSRV 306 looks ahead to the planning of the remainder of your coursework, to consolidate strengths and address limitations, by positioning you to self-assess your progress as you complete more courses. Its design requires you to make sense of the learning you are acquiring and to share some of it with your tutor and peers in your capacity as a human services educator.

As a student registered in HSRV 306, you will self-assess educational goals and prepare to implement a personal learning plan. While you study, you will look back at the post-secondary education you have already completed and look forward to your completion of an undergraduate degree, academic credential, or other educational goals. You will be asked to take stock of your learning experiences and goals, and to get firmly established in your program of study at Athabasca University, in part, by interacting with your peers in the context of interprofessional communication and education.


Developing your project introduces you to degree completion. Students will work through the following steps toward completion of their project.

  • Step 1: Getting Started
  • Step 2: Foundations: Reflections on the Program
  • Step 3: Annotated Research Bibliography
  • Step 4: Research Essay Outline
  • Step 5: Research Essay, and Project Completion


To receive credit for HSRV 306, you must complete four graded assignments and achieve an overall course composite grade of D (50 percent) or higher. The weightings for each assignment are as follows.

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1: Narrative Reflection and Learning Plan (Step 2 - Throughout the course) 30%
Assignment 2: Research Bibliography (Step 3) 25%
Assignment 3: Research Essay Outline (Step 4) 15%
Assignment 4: Research Essay (Step 5) 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course uses a combination of online resources and academic support. There is no course package.

Course Information

This Course Information provides essential information specific to the course and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.

Student Manual

The Student Manual provides essential generic information about studying at Athabasca University and outlines the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.

Learning Contract

The Learning Contract, along with your tutor, will guide you through the process of fulfilling the requirements of the course.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HSRV 306 challenge registration, you must complete all required components, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent).

Activity Weighting
Part 1 - Guided Bibliography 25%
Essay Outline 25%
Part 2 - Research Essay 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, December 10, 2013.