Course Title: Work within a community development framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

During this unit students will learn how to apply the appropriate communication and interpersonal skills relevant to their work area, how to do basic research,  a needs analysis, and assessment and seek opportunities to enhance a workplace’s sustainablity.

Teaching Schedule

Classes for this subject will be held during March 2013.  Students will have until October to complete their project while working at an agency and submit the required report for assessment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

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

A report which will address a series of questions which will provide: 

  • details and description of the CD project, including the organistation involved.
  • a reflection about operating within a community development framework.

These can be found in the Student Workplace Manual.

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. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

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: 

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:

  1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
  2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

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:

  • You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
  • You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
  • 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:

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Academic Integrity
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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 Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y 

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

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