Course Title: Develop and implement community programs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5684C

Course Title: Develop and implement community programs

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: 125

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 develop community programs to develop and implement community programs in collaboration with the community.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD404E Develop and implement community programs


Design programs with the community

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a program plan which reflects identified parameters and incorporates an evaluation of a range of program options
2.2 Undertake consultation to determine preferred program options particularly in areas of high need or with targeted communities
2.3 Seek help from participating agencies for implementation arrangements
2.4 Identify and seek resources


Develop program parameters

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Analyse issues of wide community concern to develop an agency position and to ascertain the need for new programs
1.2 Undertake appropriate work to ascertain support, capacity for a coordinated effort and factors which will effect provision of services
1.3 Undertake research to identify key propel, issues to be addressed, possible strategies and options for action
1.4 Undertake appropriate planning and liaison including developing concept plans in consultation with relevant communities and stakeholders


Implement programs

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Where appropriate, conduct and evaluate pilots and make adjustments to ensure the program achieves its objectives
3.2 Implement programs in accordance with the development plan
3.3 Develop and implement promotion and marketing strategies
3.4 Develop and maintain systems and resources for administrative support of community programs
3.5 Encourage target group to participate fully in the program

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 developing, designing and implementing programs within your community. Self-directed study activities to be completed outside of the workshop include discussions with community groups and organisations about issues that confront their constituents. You will be assessed on your ability to work with staff of community organisations, community groups and key community members in the planning of a community development initiative. This will include conducting community consultations and developing a project reference group and project management strategy that is designed collaboratively with the reference group and an effective project monitoring and evaluation process.

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 1Class ContentLearning Elements
Develop and implement community programsThe focus of this workshop will be on the community development project cycle. It will cover the steps involved in the planning, collaborative design, consultation management and evaluation of community projects.1. Develop program parameters
2. Design programs with the community
3. Implement programs
4. Evaluate programs

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 a reading kit that includes a list of web resources, articles and instructional materials that relate to this workshop. This will be developed in consultation with community development workers and other community workers with expertise relevant to community development practice.

Web links for this workshop:
Indigenous community development - FACSIA
Understanding community development – Jim Cavaye

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 be asked to give a written description (200-300 words) of how you have planned, implemented and monitored your project in collaboration with your project reference group and with the involvement off of the stakeholders, including collaborative organizations and key community members.

You will include the following:
- Planning your community project, consulting with the community about the project, developing a project reference group, and formulating your monitoring and evaluation plan.
- Demonstrating how you are able to effectively work in partnership with a community group and their organisations to develop program concepts and boundaries to deal with a significant community issue.
- Schedules of planned meetings and follow-up activities with key individuals and groups on scoping the extent, content and rationale for a community project and outlining collaborative project implementation processes including specific dates, items to be discussed and outcomes and actions to be achieved.

You will also be asked to include all or some of the following as evidence of your work as part of your overall community development case study for the Cert IV in Community Development program. Please note that all your submitted evidence for this course must directly demonstrate how you develop and implement community programs.
Examples of evidence include:
- Emails
- Agendas
- Meeting minutes
- Brainstorming notes from a community meeting or forum
- Analysis of comments and decisions taken during a community meeting or forum
- Activity schedules
- Diary
- Letters
- Photos

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 research with community organisations an issue that impacts upon the community as a whole, work with one or more community groups to set up a project reference group, consult with further groups, organizations and individuals and develop a management plan as well as a monitoring and evaluation strategy together with your project reference group.

Assessment Matrix

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