Course Title: Support community participation and social inclusion

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: HWSS6150C

Course Title: Support community participation and social inclusion

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3319 - Certificate III in Individual Support

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0886

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

You will learn the skills and knowledge required to assist with supporting people with disability in community participation and social inclusion using a person-centred approach. This involves enabling people to make choices to maximise their participation in various community settings, functions and activities to enhance psychosocial well-being and lifestyle in accordance with the person’s needs and preferences.

This unit applies to workers in varied disability services contexts. Work performed requires some discretion and judgement and may be carried out under regular direct or indirect supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCDIS003 Support community participation and social inclusion


1. Identify opportunities for community participation and social inclusion

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assist in identifying interests, abilities, preferences and requirements of the person with disability to engage with a social network

1.2 Provide information on community participation options, networks and services to meet the needs, wants and preferences of the person with disability

1. 3 Identify and access appropriate community participation resources, programs, agencies, transport services, aids and equipment according to the person’s preferences and needs

1.4 Recognise and accommodate the cultural and religious needs of the person with disability


2. Implement strategies for community participation and inclusion according to the individualised plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assist the person to identify and access community options that will meet needs identified in their individualised plan

2.2 Support the person to access opportunities to establish connections through shared interests

2.3 Seek feedback from the person with disability, family and/or carers and/or relevant others and/or colleagues and/or supervisor to ensure that the support continues to meet the current and changing needs and preferences of the person

2.4 Ensure strategies for community participation and social inclusion are regularly reviewed with the person and supervisor to enable positive outcomes

2.5 Monitor level of engagement in consultation with supervisor


3. Identify, address and monitor barriers to community participation and social inclusion

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Recognise physical, skill and other barriers to community participation and social inclusion

3.2 Collaborate with the person with disability to identify solutions to overcome barriers, in consultation with supervisor

3.3 Support the person to implement strategies to address barriers to community participation according to their individualised plan

3.4 Monitor the success of strategies to address barriers in consultation with the person and supervisor

3.5 Recognise own limitations in addressing issues and seek advice when necessary

Learning Outcomes

 On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

  • class exercises to review discussions and workshops
  • guest presentations
  • group discussions
  • research in and out of class time
  • independent workplace case study
  • group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

Session 1:

• Overview of course content and assessment requirements.
• Life areas and the needs people may have and exploring whats available
• Identifying and meeting individual needs for community participation and social inclusion
• Access and equity through knowledge and understanding
• Person centred services – accessing transport, community based facilities and activities that meet personal needs
• Barriers to participation


Session 2:

Empowerment and person-centredness in a context of community participation and inclusion
• Overview of course content and assessment requirements.
• Contemporary services provision – from the past to the present
• Enabling people to participate in their communities with support and acceptance
• Strengths based practice and active support

Session 3:

Disability work in a diverse community – maintaining and developing individual networks
• Identifying individual and community networks
• Diversity – cultural, religious, economic, social, gender, sexual orientation
• Identifying how community diversity links with the needs of the people you support
• Reviewing individual and complex support needs and effective planning for community participation and social inclusion
• Addressing barriers to community participation and social inclusion

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Other Resources
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. Students will need to purchase an RMIT polo top as uniform for placement

Overview of Assessment


There will be two forms of assessment and they will include a scenario with knowledge questions and answers in relation to the unit of competency and you will be required to submit documentation as part of your assessment for this unit at the end of your practical placcement.

The assessment tasks are as follows:

Task 1: Scenario knowledge questions and answers

Task 2: Placement observation/discussion 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: In this assessment task you will be required to research options in your local area that can be accessed by a person with a disability. You will be required to work through the case study, make enquires and report on what is available to the person.


Assessment task 2: In this assessment task you will be required to identify a client on your placement where you can think about services that would be suitable for this client to access. You will be required to work through a checklist in your placement manual and complete the required tasks to determine competency.

Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix for this unit will be available from the Program Coordinator

Other Information

This is a Work Integrated Learning course and you will be assessed either in a simulated environment or the workplace.

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:
Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form:

Police Checks
Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain a required police clearance by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Police Check.
The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to obtain a Police Check.
Where required by the workplace, students shall provide a copy of their police check on request.
If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Police Check, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:
- advise the student of the outcome; and
- discuss placement options with the student; and/or
- provide program and career counselling.
RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.

Early Termination of Placement
Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.
Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to
• failure to follow processes required for safety
breach of client or patient confidentiality
• failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
• or other unprofessional behaviour
Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.

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