Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5720C

Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4337 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact Email:jennifer

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to participate in, establish and lead a range of informal and formal groups in a variety of settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities


Address resourcing issues for group activities.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan group activities, including consideration of:
• the purposes, defined according to the identified needs of the client group
• the human, financial and physical resources required
1.2 Where required resources are not immediately and readily available, make appropriate submissions to potential sources of assistance and resources
1.3 Ensure formal submissions meet requirements of funding guidelines and organisation principles and practice


Coordinate a group planning process.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Actively seek opportunities for collaborative planning and promotion of group activities with clients and solicit, analyse and prioritise information about group's needs and expectations
2.2 Negotiate the purpose of group activities with the group in a manner that gives sufficient time and space for individuals to articulate their ideas and wishes and create opportunity for input to ownership of group processes
2.3 Translate purpose of proposed group activity into a set of aims and objectives
2.4 Analyse potential impact on group operation of the values and beliefs of both worker and client and clarify with those involved in planning and implementing group activities
2.5 Deal with contributions and suggestions to group planning processes so as to promote continued participation
2.6 Design group strategies that promote effective group operation and take into account specific characteristics of clients who will participate in the activity or program.


Evaluate group activities.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure aims and objectives of the group activity provide the basis for evaluation and feedback
4.2 Seek feedback from all group participants on leadership style, group process, achievement of objectives, other achievements and areas for development
4.3 Document evaluation data according to organisation procedures and distribute to relevant people.


Manage group processes including responding to conflict.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Promote opportunities for open dialogue and active listening between group members
3.2 Encourage and model sensitivity to participants, regardless of their gender, culture, ethnicity, subculture, sexuality and ability
3.3 When conflict threatens or arises:
• implement strategies to prevent it within own role, power and capacity
• identify and reinforce the outcomes of positive conflict
• clarify and confirm relevant principles and practices of conflict resolution and seek agreement to implement them
• encourage acknowledgment of respective rights and responsibilities and perceptions of all participants within the conflict situation
3.4 Offer opportunity to all participants for debriefing, support, mediation, consultation and facilitation throughout conflict resolution processes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities that you will undertake are:
• Class discussions – these will cover various aspects of planning and conducting group activities for various target groups, as well as the steps involved (Resourcing, conducting and evaluating the process), Human Rights issues, how to write a report, how to give an oral presentation
• Questions and answers – relating to human rights issues, the steps involved in creating a program for a targeted audience/group
You will also be required to undertake independent studies.

This course and the associated learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard”.

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered over six weeks during the first semester.

Week 1 - Introduction to the course, Human rights issues and documents, types of groups, why work in groups? addressing resourcing issues
Week 2 - Coordinating the group planning purpose to address the identified needs of the target audience, networking, including everyone in the process, designing successful strategies
Week 3 - Responding to conflict that may arise, resources, conflict resolution, etc
Week 4 - Evaluating the process including tools for feedback, analysis of feedback, writing a report,
Week 5 - Presentations - how to present findings to various different audiences (eg board, government, etc)
Week 6 - Group presentations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. These resources will also be available through Blackboard. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is based on a prepared activity for a targeted group of young people, which will include a group class presentation and a written report due at the end of the course.  During class time students will also submit prepared question and answer sheets.

Assessment Tasks

For this course you will be required to complete two assessment tasks:
• Prepared answer and question sheets - You will receive one at the end of each class. Answered in class, you will be asked to answer 10 questions that will address the teachings of each class.
• Group presentation delivered in two halves: a group oral presentation due in the last week and a written report due two weeks after the teaching period finishes .

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. The grades are as follows:

  • CA: Competency Achieved
  • NYC: Not Yet Competent
  • DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by the teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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