Course Title: Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5664C

Course Title: Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

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

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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


Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to assist young people to identify the challenges and opportunities in their lives and to work towards their goals on an individual or group level

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH403B Support young people to create opportunities in their lives


Build respectful and trusting working relationships with young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Facilitate safe individual or group processes with young people and apply principles of youth work practice
1.2 Identify the conditions necessary for young people to change and grow
1.3 Actively listen to the young person's stories and experiences to clarify issues
1.4 Identify and explore strengths and exceptions
1.5 Encourage and support young people to identify relationships between their issues and social structures
1.6 Identify and avoid colonising practices


Define identified goals

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure the young person has been heard and problems acknowledged before moving to future planning
3.2 Assist young people to explore future possibilities and ways of being
3.3 Use creative methods, processes and questions to consider and create possibilities
3.4 Identify barriers that hinder the way young people would like changes to take place
3.5 Establish with the young person their desired outcomes


Develop and implement action plans

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Utilise a range of youth work interventions to create future opportunities
4.2 Explore additional resources needed to achieve goals
4.3 Develop proposals and strategies for action plans
4.4 Measure and ensure change is noticed
4.5 Document intervention work as required


Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clarify the young person's expressed, demonstrated, or felt needs and concerns
2.2 Explore exceptions, identify strengths and resources
2.3 Problem solve immediate issues or concerns
2.4 Work with client to create their own reframe of current circumstances
2.5 Work to externalise the young person's issue or problem
2.6 Acknowledge circumstances outside of the young person's control

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit applies to work undertaken in all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client whether an individual or part of a group, with a participatory approach.

During this unit students will discuss and learn about various different ways of working with young people, with the emphasis on empowering them.  Class activities are mixed with videos and class discussions.

Teaching Schedule

Classes for this unit are conducted at the beginning of semester one, from February to March 2013. 

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

Assessment for this competency will include work placement in conjunction with class-based actitivities, wrritten and oral assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be asked to do  submit a case study at the end of the unit  Other smaller written tasks will be conducted during class time.

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
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: 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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