Course Title: Work within a community development framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5685C

Course Title: Work within a community development framework

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anne Fitzpatrick

Ph:+61 3  9925 0329


Nominal Hours: 65

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 course describes the knowledge and skills required to work within a community development framework.  A community development framework may include a range of methods designed to strengthen and develop communities by enhancing individual and group capacity to confidently engage with community structures and to address problems and issues.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD412B Work within a community development framework


Distinguish between private and public issues arising in community development work.

Performance Criteria:

1 Employ appropriate interpersonal skills to hear individual stories and distinguish between private and public issues.
2 Identify the individual’s willingness to engage in a public process to bring about change and facilitate the move from private concern to public action.
3 Provide appropriate referrals to assist people to deal with personal issues.
4 Ensure all work reflects and meets duty of care responsibilities.


Operate within a community development framework.

Performance Criteria:

1 Reflect a current working knowledge and understanding of community development vision and mission in work undertaken.
2 Reflect through work, a commitment to working with communities to resolve their issues through enhancing skills, accessing appropriate support and working with others in the community who share concerns and issues.
3 Underpin work with a commitment to the principles of community development.
4 Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships of the needs and rights of the individual, the family, the community and society.
5 Reflect through work, a demonstrated understanding of the impact of current and changing social, political and economic contexts.
6 Work in a manner which reflects the impact of worker’s own value base and values within a community development framework.


Work effectively with diversity in the community.

Performance Criteria:

1  Ensure all work reflects a commitment to the principles of access and equity.
2  Ensure all work reflects respect and understanding of individual differences.
3  Ensure all work reflects recognition of the positive contribution of diversity in the community.
4  Adapt inclusive work processes that enhance people’s participation.


Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes.

Performance Criteria:

1  Contribute to analysis of community needs.
2  Identify shared community needs within the public group processes.
3  Identify appropriate strategies with the group in order to ensure community issues are addressed.
4  Identify community structures and resources available to groups to maximise outcomes for groups.
5  Provide advice and information to groups and individuals as required to ensure they are fully informed about relevant issues and opportunities.

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 course is delivered in scheduled classes; learning activities include: 

  • class discussions to review presentations, YouTube videos and web links
  • analysis of relevant reading material
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching
  • group discussion
  • class presentations
  • class based written assessment tasks

Teaching Schedule

The classes for this course are delivered over 6 weeks in the latter half of first semester.

Week 1

Introduction to the unit outcomes and assessment requirements

Introducing community development

Community development as an approach to youth work practice

Week 2Values and principles for community development work

Empowerment and self-determination

Human Rights and Social justice – what does it mean in practice?

Week 3Listening to individuals and the community

Private and public issues

Assessing community needs and goals

Week 4


A strengths based approach

Dealing with social problems

Types of community development

Support for community development from partner organisations

Week 5


Community development and youth work practice

Why is community development important?

Tips for effective community development

Week 6Group work and community development

Working with diverse communities

Possible outcomes for community development







Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course, including printed handouts and readings, You Tube and web-links . These resources will also be available through Blackboard. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Students will be required to submit a report about a simulated community development project or an existing community development which includes:
Details and description of the CD project, including the organisation involved &
Operating within a community development framework and reflection on the relevance of community development work for youth work practice

Assessment Tasks

A report to address a series of questions to provide:

  • Details and description of the CD project, including details the organisation involved, partner organisations and community structures and resources to deal with community goals and issues
  • Describing processes and tasks for working with the community within a community development framework
  • Refection on the role of community development in youth work practice

. The report requirements will be provided in Blackboard and in class as a handout

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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