Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: HWSS6082C

Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: 99254454

Course Contact Email: dianne.mackay@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 70

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

None

Course Description

In this course, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to participate in and provide general support for a range of informal and formal groups in a variety of settings.

 

 

 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

Element:

2. Coordinate a group planning process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek opportunities actively for collaborative planning and shared ownership with clients

2.2 Solicit, analyse and prioritise information about group’s needs and expectations

2.3 Negotiate the purpose of group activities with the group allowing time and opportunity for individuals to articulate their ideas and wishes

2.4 Translate purpose of proposed group activity into a set of documented aims and objectives based on input

2.5 Analyse potential impact on group operation of the values and beliefs of both worker and client

2.6 Design group strategies that promote effective group operation and take into account specific characteristics of participating clients

Element:

4. Evaluate group activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure aims and objectives of the group activity provide the basis for evaluation and feedback

4.2 Seek feedback from group participants on leadership style, group process, achievement of objectives, other achievements and areas for development

4.3 Document evaluation information according to organisation procedures and distribute to relevant people

Element:

3. Manage group processes and conflict

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Promote opportunities for open dialogue and active listening between group members

3.2 Encourage and model sensitivity to diverse participants

3.3 Use strategies to prevent conflict within own role, power and capacity

3.4 Identify and reinforce the outcomes of positive conflict

3.5 Clarify and confirm principles and practices of conflict resolution in a group and seek agreement to implement them

3.6 Encourage acknowledgement of rights and responsibilities and perceptions of all participants in the conflict situation

3.7 Offer opportunity to all participants for debriefing, support, mediation, consultation and facilitation

 

Element:

1. Plan group activities and resources

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review available information and identify the needs of the group

1.2 Generate ideas for activities that respond to identified needs

1.3 Identify, calculate and document the resources required for group activities

1.4 Identify and follow up on the need to make submissions for potential sources of assistance and resources within scope of own job role

1.5 Organise resources according to organisation procedures

 


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

Learning activities may include:

  • class exercises to review teacher presentations/videos
  • teacher presentations/lectures
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • seminars/workshops
  • projects
  • group projects
  • peer learning
  • guest presentations by youth workers employed in the industry
  • 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
  • simulated workplace role plays


Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered over five half-day sessions.

Class

Topic

Content

Elements of Competency

1

Group work Frameworks

Introduction to Unit

Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required

Workplace and work role context

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.1,1.2

Assessment overview

Task 1: Develop group activities

Task 2: Group work practices.

 

Defining and exploring group work models and principles

2

Plan community and group work projects

Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

 

 

 

1.3,1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,

2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6

 

 

Building and maintaining relationships with communities, individuals & partnerships.

Planning community and group work activities

3

Implementing community and group work projects

Facilitation skills

Encouraging participation “the unheard voices”.

Identify and manage practice issues

3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4

3.5,3.6,3.7

4

Review and improve group work projects

Evaluating projects

Implementing improvements

Reflective practice

4.1,4.2,4.3

5

Assessment and review

Review of unit

 

Reflection of knowledge gained

Finalise completion of assessment tasks for this unit.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Additional resources will be available in the learning management tool ‘Blackboard’ and readings will be made available including journals and texts that may support you in the program.  


Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the assessments to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria).

 

Assessment task one 

  Formulate a plan for a group project or activity with young people by working with the group to identify their interests

                                                                                                                    

 Assessment task two

Develop an outline of the three (3) activities for a group of young people. Each activity should address a different type of group with diverse participants.

Conduct the group activities with participants selected from your class and video one of the activities to submit for assessment (3 - 5 minutes)

       

 Assessment task three Provide an outline of the resources needed to run the thee group activities, and strategies for evaluating the group activity

 

 Assessment task four

 Explain why knowledge of the stages of group formation are needed by youth workers who run group activities (response to written questions (100 words per response)

 


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


Assessment Tasks

Assessment task one 

 Formulate a plan for a group project or activity with young people that you are leading as a youth worker, by working with the group to identify their interests.

 Assessment task two

Develop an outline of the three (3) activities for the young people.

Each activity should address a different type of group activity with diverse participants      

Conduct the group activities with participants selected from your class who will role play your scenario and video one of the activities (3 - 5 minutes) to submit for assessment through Blackboard.

Assessment task three

Provide:

a) an outline of the resources needed to run the thee group activities, and

b) strategies / methods for evaluating the group activity

c) a response to questions about the communication skills needed for group work (100-200 words per response)

Assessment task four

Explain why knowledge of the stages of group formation are needed by youth workers who run group activities (response to written questions (100 words per response)


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

Other Information

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

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy. For every piece of work submitted online you will complete an e-Declaration. The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Attendance

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 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: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Assessment Appeals

If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:

  1. a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
  2. b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
  3. c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity

The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library/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 –  http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations – http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com

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: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/policies/studentcomplaintspolicy

Student complaints Procedure: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=i1lexipvjt22

Student Complaints Form: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/v4ujvmyojugxz.pdf

 

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