Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5666C

Course Title: Engage respectfully with young people

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge 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


Communicate 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


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


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

Details of Learning Activities

This unit applies to work undertaken in work roles where the young person is the primary client. 

Students will undertake this unit as one of their primary work placement units.  Activities for this unit are done both in class and on placement.  It includes 300 hours of work placement in the youth secotr at a number of organisations.

Teaching Schedule

Classes for this unit of competency are conductred throughout the year and are tied very closely to the 300 hours placement that also makes up the course.

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 will include written tasks, oral presentations, class participation and work placement (240 hours).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this unit is tied closely to the student’s experieneces on placement. Students wil need to attend the relevant classes, as well answer some questions in the form of a reflection piece and work place observation. Both the students and their superviors will be asked to comment on the student’s competency in this area.

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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