Course Title: Work within a community development framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: HWSS5662C

Course Title: Work within a community development framework

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4262 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4115

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 50

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work within a community development framework.

A community development framework may include a range of methods designed to strengthen and develop communities by enhancing individual and group capacity to confidently engage with community structures and to address problems and issues

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework


Distinguish between private and public issues arising in community development work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Employ appropriate interpersonal skills to hear individual stories and distinguish between private and public issues
2.2 Identify the individual's willingness to engage in a public process to bring about change and facilitate the move from private concern to public action
2.3 Provide appropriate referrals to assist people to deal with personal issues
2.4 Ensure all work reflects and meets duty of care responsibilities


Operate within a community development framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Reflect a current working knowledge and understanding of community development vision and mission in work undertaken
1.2 Reflect through work, a commitment to working with communities to resolve their issues through enhancing skills, accessing appropriate support and working with others in the community who share concerns and issues
1.3 Underpin work with a commitment to the principles of community development
1.4 Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships of the needs and rights of the individual, the family, the community and society
1.5 Reflect through work, a demonstrated understanding of the impact of current and changing social, political and economic contexts
1.6 Work in a manner which reflects the impact of worker's own value base and values within a community development framework


Work effectively with diversity in the community

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure all work reflects a commitment to the principles of access and equity
4.2 Ensure all work reflects respect and understanding of individual differences
4.3 Ensure all work reflects recognition of the positive contribution of diversity in the community
4.4 Adapt inclusive work processes that enhance people's participation


Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Contribute to analysis of community needs
3.2 Identify shared community needs within the public group processes
3.3 Identify appropriate strategies with the group in order to ensure community issues are addressed
3.4 Identify community structures and resources available to groups to maximise outcomes for groups
3.5 Provide advice and information to groups and individuals as required to ensure they are fully informed about relevant issues and opportunities

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit will help the student to work with individuals and groups to achieve community development outcomes which include engagement with various structures and patterns of work undertaken by practitioners and community members.

Teaching Schedule

Classes for this course are held during semester one.  Students will undertake an additional 60 hours practical element of this course in addtion to their placement hours of 240.  Students will have the majority of the year to complete their assessment for this competency.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students are requried to do an additional 60 hours placement in order to complette this competency.   This wil be spent at an organisaiton where students will work with the organisation to complete a mutally appropriate proejct.

Students will be required to submit a report about their experiences during their placement, addressing a series of questions which wil look at:

  • Details and description of the CD project, including the organiation involved.  (30% of overall project|)
  • Operating within a community development framework and reflection (70% of the overall project.)

Assessment Tasks

Students will be required to write a report about their  experiences regarding the time spent on their project.  There are set questions, as set out in the Certificate IV in Youth Work Placement Manual, divided into two sections:

  • Part A: Details and description of the CD project (30% of overall project)
  • Part B: Operating withing a commhnityu development framework adn reflection (70% of overall project)

Assessment Matrix

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