Course Title: Work within specific communities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5686C

Course Title: Work within specific communities

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

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 70

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 work in specific communities within a community development context or other context. Knowledge and skills include working with communities to define issues and evaluate collaborative work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD413E Work within specific communities


Define the issues of specific communities or groups

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the details of individual and group issues of the specific community through appropriate research and consultation
1.2 Identify the values and structures of the community as they impact on individuals and groups
1.3 Identify the values and structures of the community as they impact on individuals and groups


Evaluate work undertaken within specific communities

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Undertake appropriate evaluation of work in consultation with relevant community stakeholders
3.2 Monitor work within communities to ensure reflection of relevant values and structures
3.3 Undertake evaluation in a manner that ensures responsiveness to community needs and issues


Undertake relevant work in the context of specific communities or groups

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use the values, issues and structures within specific communities to define the ways of working
2.2 Identify relevant community structures and utilise to maximise outcomes for individuals and groups
2.3 Ensure work within communities is consistent with defined job role and agreed protocols
2.4 Utilise interpersonal skills which are consistent with community practices and standards

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 identifying and understanding specific issues within the community. Self-directed learning activities outside of the workshop will involve conducting research to define issues relevant to the particular community and developing an understanding and skills in their preferred ways and values of operating within a community development context.

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 2
Class ContentLearning Elements
Work within specific communitiesThis workshop will focus on providing the skills and techniques required to work within particular communities (culturally diverse etc.). Participants will learn community engagement and research techniques that can be applied to a wide range of culturally diverse communities and other groups.1. Define the issues of specific communities or groups
2. Undertake relevant work in the context of specific communities or groups
3. Evaluate work undertaken within specific communities

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 issued a reading kit that includes links to relevant web resources upon commencement of this course. It will contain articles and instructional materials that relate to this workshop and it will be developed in consultation with industry experts in the community development sector.

Web links for this workshop:
Working with Ethnic Communities - Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project
A Community Development Plan for inclusion of people with a disability in the Canberra Community - Community Services Directorate

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:

- Self and Supervisor Assessment
- Evaluation Report

Assessment Tasks

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

Self and Supervisor Assessment
You and your supervisor will be asked to separately answer questions on a single document that evaluate your effectiveness from your respective points of view, in terms of how you work with a specific sector or demographic of the community. This will include supporting your community to articulate their issues. In addition to this you will consider the relevance of your work in the context of the community or group, and evaluating your work undertaken within the community. Assessment will also involve completing a report that evaluates the effectiveness of your community development project.

Evaluation report
You will complete a report evaluating the effectiveness of your community development project. This will include examining its successes and challenges both in terms of its intended and unintended consequences and will contain a focus on your ability to effectively work with a specific group in the community. You will be asked to evaluate the relevance of your work in the context of your specific community.

Assessment Matrix

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