Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: EMPL5971C

Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5290 - Diploma of Education Support

Course Contact: Robyn Blaikie

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4838

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Dean: Teacher

Nominal Hours: 55

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

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowedge and skills required to communicate effectively with young people (aged 12 -25) in work roles with a specific focus on young people

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH401B Engage respectfully with young people


1 Commincate effectively with a diversity of young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Listen to the young person to gain understanding of their experiences 1.2 Foster communication exchanges that supports the development of trust and rapport 1.3 Process information about the young persons situation from their perspective 1.4 Use a range of appropriate communication strategies to engage with young people 1.5 Consider cultural sensitivities in communication techniques and adapt style and language to accommodate different cultural values and practices 1.6 Maintain young person's confidentiality in the context that the young person is the primary stakeholder


2 reflect understanding of youth cultures , sub cultures and development

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Take into account youth culture, sub cultures and development of the young person in all actions and decisions 2.2 Evaluate issues in relation to young person's culture and modify approaches appropriately 2.4 Select activities and resources to promote awareness, respect and value of diversity 2.5 Establish guidelines that are relevant to the culture and background of the young person 2.6 Assess the impact of own cultural values, cultural lens and ethnocentrism in youth work


3 Work with the young person as the focus

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply youth centred practices when working with young people 3.2 Respect the rights needs and responsibilities of the young person 3.3 Convey worker rights and responsibilities as necessary 3.4 Establish a professional relationship and boundary expectations with the young person 3.5 Recognise, and manage power inequities in the professional relationship 3.6 Apply principles of ethical decision-making in working with young people

Learning Outcomes

Develop knowledge and skills to work undertaken in work roles where the young person is the primary client.  On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities:
Group discussion
Research assignments
Guest speakers
Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios
Realistic simulations and role play
Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
Oral Presentations
Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.

Your program consists of a combination of learning activities through a range of delivery methods including: face to face teaching, online activities and Unsupervised Directed Study and you are expected to participate in professional placement. You work independently to complete Unsupervised Directed Study, however you are expected to complete all work given and will at times be required to show evidence that the work has been completed in this unit.

Your experiences through relevant work and work placement during the program are a very important part of your learning and assessment. Your RMIT teacher will organise Professional conversations with you during the program where you have the opportunity to expand on your workplacement experiences as part of evidence for relevant assessment. You will also receive feedback from your mentor/supervisor and third party evidence. You are expected to attend workplacement regularly and the attendance schedule can be negotiated between you, your RMIT teacher and workplacement supervisor/mentor.

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.

Week 1 

Aspects of human behaviour and development related to young people and personal relationships
E1 E2

Week 2
Young people, personal relationships and their social development
E1 E2

Week 3
Different world views and the interrelationship of society, culture, and the young
Own cultural values, cultural lens and ethnocentrism
E1 E2

Week 4
Diversity in all forms
E1 E2

Own work role within the context of the youth sector
Statutory frameworks in which the work role functions
 E1 E2 

Week 6
Current issues facing young people 
Existing services to address their needs and Rights
E1 E2 E3

Principles of access and equity
Youth cultures, social, political, economic and professional frameworks 
E1 E2 E3

Week 8
Principles of ethical decision-making 
E2 E3

Principles of ethical decision-making in relation to working with young people
E2 E3

Judgement making skills in working with young people 
 E2 E3

Week 11
Applying principles of ethical decision-making to ethical dilemmas when the young person is the primary client
The impact of judgement making skills in working with young people
E1 E2 E3

Establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with young people
E1 E2 E3


Interpersonal communication
E1 E2 

Week 14
Working as part of a team in working with young people

 E2 E3


Working as a sole worker in working with young people


Advocating for young people 
E1 E2 E3

Week 17

Applying youth centred practices

E1 E2 E3

Week 18

Challenges and issues advocating for young people

E1 E3

Week 19

Reflecting on engaging respectfully with young people


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are no set texts in this unit. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the City/Brunswick Library)
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:
• Direct observation of actual and simulated work practice
• Oral or written questioning
• Assignments and projects
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Work-based activities
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
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.
An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your courses assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

Assessment Tasks

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment task 1:Oral presentation - Working with youth - Week 6
Assessment task 2:Research Assignment and Oral - Week 10-11
Assessment task 3:Observation and Demonstration in the workplace - Week 2-15

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:
CA – Competency achieved
NYC – Not Yet Competent
All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. The assessment matrix for units will be available from your teacher and on Blackboard for students to access.

Other Information

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 the plagiarism implications.

Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. 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.

Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students will be asked to attend mid semester interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator.

Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagarism and and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.   

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