Course Title: Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6083C

Course Title: Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4352 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dianne Mackay

Nominal Hours: 80

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish and work with young people within the current context, philosophy and values of the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector.  This unit applies to youth workers who come in contact with clients affected by alcohol and other drugs.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


1. Establish the context for AOD work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research, analyse and maintain up-to-date knowledge and awareness of the social, political, economic and legal contexts of AOD

1.2 Research and analyse impacts of AOD policy frameworks on AOD work practice

1.3 Apply understanding of the historical and social constructs of alcohol and drugs and the changes in alcohol and drug use


2. Apply understanding of context to AOD practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply knowledge of broad and specific AOD contexts to AOD work practice

2.2 Identify and use legal frameworks that impact on AOD work

2.3 Identify, review and apply information about evidence based models and frameworks of AOD work


3. Integrate the core values and principles of AOD work into practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess AOD practice values and ensure support and interventions are person-centred

3.2 Apply a harm minimisation approach to maximise support for the AOD client

3.3 Support the client’s rights and safety, including access and equity of services


4. Apply understanding of the impact of values in AOD practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on personal values and attitudes regarding AOD use and acknowledge their potential impact when working in AOD contexts

4.2 Apply awareness of organisations’ values

4.3 Consider client values in determining interventions and supports

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

This course’s learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s on line learning management tool Blackboard.  Other essential learning activities take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies.  Some learning activities that you may be required to undertake are:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • responses to case studies
  • workplace simulations and role plays of youth work practice
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • workshops
  • design activities or projects
  • group projects
  • peer learning
  • guest lecture/presentation
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
  • practical placement

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.





Elements of Competency





Introduction to AOD

Explore the AOD sector

Intro to Services Service provision : Current modes of practice

Policy frameworks

History of AOD in Australia

Explores the AOD sector, models of dependence, community development and relevant legislation                         Introduction to why ppl use substances / use and effect

CHCAOD001 Work in an AOD Context 1.1,1.2,1.3,







Underpinning  Philosophy and values

Context within which we understand AOD issues in soceity

Ethical considerations of working in industry

Ethics and boundaries

Statutory responsibilities

CHCAOD001 Work in an AOD Context


2.1,2.2,2.3, 3.1,3.2




Intro to substances

Drug Classifications

Review of knowledge and questions and answers task.


Basic intro to why people use, support services/withdrawal options : Substances/withdrawal

Drug Types: licit/illicit





To develop up-to-date knowledge of the AOD sector, including policy, legal and historical contexts for the AOD sector.

Policy, legal and historical contexts for the AOD sector – Questions and answer





Evidence based models

Evidence based models

Person centred approaches

Access and Equity issues






Harm minimisation Values

Evidence based

Support and interventions

 Identify, review and apply information about evidence based models and frameworks of AOD work

Organisational values

Client values

Personal values

How do these impact on service delivery and client outcomes.







Assessment : Case study Questions and Answers


TASK 2:(Part A) Working with clients who have AOD issues: values and practice. This assessment requires you to read a case study scenario and answer the questions.





Assessment : Role plays


(Part B) For this task you will be working in groups of three (3) to develop a role play.

You will be observed by the facilitator taking different roles within this role play.

Your role play will be based on a case study.



Review of learning

Review key concepts, check for gaps in knowledge

Identifying own strengths and areas for development




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts




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.

Overview of Assessment

This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks.

Assessment one: 

(a) Case study with questions and answers

(b) Role play with observation template

Assessment two:

Questions and answers to determine up-to-date knowledge of the AOD sector, including policy, legal and historical contexts for the AOD sector

Grades that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved 

NYC: Not Yet Competent

DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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 one: 

(a) Case study with questions and answers - 4 questions related to a case study to be answered (150-300 words per question).  The case study relates to the values and practices in relation to working with clients with AOD issues.  

(b) Simulated workplace practice - Role play using an observation template - in groups of 3, develop a role play based on the case study.  Each group member will rotate through the roles of worker, client and observer.  The observer will use the Observation template provided to record observations and comments for submission.  

Assessment two:

Questions and answers to determine up-to-date knowledge of the AOD sector, including policy, legal and historical contexts for the AOD sector. Answer 12 questions.  Each answer should be between 100 - 300 words.  

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

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

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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;
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  • Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
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Plagiarism Software

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


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