ACT300 - Introduction to Activation

Outline info
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Subject Title
Introduction to Activation

Subject Description
Explore the role of the Activity Worker / Activationist in the community and long term care, and resources to help the Activationist celebrate the lives of seniors.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Promote positive aging stories / images
  • Empathize with seniors and their caregivers
  • Offer support to caregivers
  • Communicate with respect to elders
  • Demonstrate appreciation to volunteers and co-workers
  • Understand importance of knowledge and respect of client's ethnic background and cultural practices
  • Knowledge of how to effectively conduct a recreation assessment
  • Document in a professional manner

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Introduction to Course
  • Overview of Aging Process
  • Understanding the Caregivers
  • Society's View of Seniors and Aging
  • Valuing Ethnicity and Diversity
  • Communication
  • Seniors in our Communities
  • Long Term Care
  • Documentation
  • Recreation Assessment
  • Care Plans
  • Review of resources available to help provide quality programming
  • Review and Activities

Mode of Instruction
The course is divided into 14 self-directed lessons that will guide your studies and progress through the course.  Each lesson includes study notes and assignments for submission.  In addition, the opportunity to submit questions and comments both privately and to a public discussion area will be available.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Assignment #1 10%
Assignment #2 50%
Assignment #3 40%

Your final grade will be issued by your registering college. 

Towards the end of the course a message will be posted, prompting you to complete an on-line course evaluation.  All evaluations are reviewed by the Host College and OntarioLearn.  Student feedback via the evaluations provides the foundation for maintaining high standards in all OntarioLearn Courses.

Approved by: Lisa Somers