Course Title: Support community participation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5683C

Course Title: Support community participation

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4313 - Certificate IV in Community Development

Course Contact : Julian Silverman

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4578

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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 course covers working with individuals and the community to promote participation in community programs and activities and to support existing community activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD401E Support community participation


Support existing community activities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Undertake appropriate review of the relevance of existing community activities, based on changing community needs
2.2 Provide relevant support and assistance to existing community activities to obtain additional resources required for effective operation
2.3 Provide support to community groups to monitor and evaluate processes, progress and outcomes of activities
2.4 Provide appropriate support to community groups to become self-managing in the implementation of plans


Work with individuals and the community to promote participation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Undertake work to identify key community issues to be addressed
1.2 Undertake planning to address community issues to ensure:
- appropriate policies and strategies are developed
- adequate resourcing is identified
- key people are consulted
- identified needs are addressed
1.3 Ensure processes are forward looking and proactive
1.4 Use appropriate interpersonal and networking skills to enlist support from key people and groups
1.5 Provide opportunities for community input to planning provision of services
1.6 Guarantee community input and participation in services

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

You will attend an all-day workshop in which you will participate in activities including discussions and presentations related to engaging communities in the community development process as part of specific initiatives. You will be presented with information relating to the central themes of the unit including theories and skills relating to effectively working with individuals and the community to promote their participation in new and existing community projects. Self-directed learning activities outside of the workshop will involve undertaking a community development project.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Week 6Class ContentLearning Elements
Support community participationIn this workshop students will learn, through a range of discursive and practical exercises, to promote maximum participation of diversity to community members within and across community projects.1. Work with individuals and the community to promote participation
2. Support existing community activities

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.


Other Resources

You will be provided with printed readings and web resources upon commencement of this course. This resource kit will be developed in consultation with community development practitioners and other community workers with relevant expertise that relates to their role in the community sector.

Web links for this workshop:
Community Participation research tool – SA Community Health Unit
Community Participation – NSW Health and Community Services

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Community Development Case Study
- Self and Supervisor Assessment

Assessment Tasks

In order to demonstrate competence in this course you will need to satisfactorily complete the following assessment tasks:

Community Development Case Study
You will demonstrate how you have undertaken to collaborate with organizations and groups to engage and involve community people and other stakeholders in your project. Specifically, this will involve your ability to plan, implement and evaluate community meetings, community information campaigns. You will be required to demonstrate how you use strategies including meetings and communication campaigns (such as media, e-mail or telephone) as well as working in collaboration with other organizations and groups to engage and involve community members in the community development process. This is the first part of your community development case study which forms the major assessment for this program. This section on supporting community participation will be approximately 200-300 words in length with supporting evidence such as emails, flyers, meeting agendas and so forth.

Self and Supervisor Assessment
You and your supervisor will be asked to separately answer questions on a single document that evaluates your effectiveness from your respective points of view in terms of how you implement your community development case study against the performance criteria in critical aspects of evidence associated with this course. In particular you will be assessed on your ability to provide a range of opportunities for community groups and individuals to participate and design shared activities for addressing their common concerns through engaging in activities such as meetings-mail, telephones and other forms of communication.

Assessment Matrix

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