Course Title: Work within a community development framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5685C

Course Title: Work within a community development framework

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4357 - Certificate IV in Community Services Work

Course Contact : Zaina Nehme

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4552

Course Contact Email:zainaindira.nehne@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julian Silverman

julian.silverman@rmit.edu.au

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

Element:

1. Operate within a community development framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Reflect a current working knowledge and understanding of community development vision and mission in work undertaken
1.2 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
1.3 Underpin work with a commitment to the principles of community development
1.4 Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships of the needs and rights of the individual, the family, the community and society
1.5 Reflect through work, a demonstrated understanding of the impact of current and changing social, political and economic contexts
1.6 Work in a manner which reflects the impact of worker's own value base and values within a community development framework

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Employ appropriate interpersonal skills to hear individual stories and distinguish between private and public issues
2.2 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
2.3 Provide appropriate referrals to assist people to deal with personal issues
2.4 Ensure all work reflects and meets duty of care responsibilities

Element:

3. Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Contribute to analysis of community needs
3.2 Identify shared community needs within the public group processes
3.3 Identify appropriate strategies with the group in order to ensure community issues are addressed
3.4 Identify community structures and resources available to groups to maximise outcomes for groups
3.5 Provide advice and information to groups and individuals as required to ensure they are fully informed about relevant issues and opportunities

Element:

4. Work effectively with diversity in the community

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure all work reflects a commitment to the principles of access and equity
4.2 Ensure all work reflects respect and understanding of individual differences
4.3 Ensure all work reflects recognition of the positive contribution of diversity in the community
4.4 Adapt inclusive work processes that enhance people's participation


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

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". Other essential learning activities will take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies. Some of the learning activities that you will undertake are:

  • Class exercises
  • Demonstrations (role plays)
  • Observations
  • Group discussions
  • Class presentations
  • Case studies
  • Quizzes
  • Group activities


Teaching Schedule

Lesson
TopicContent
1Operating within a community development framework
  • Reflect a current working knowledge, commitment and understanding of community development principles
  • Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationships of the needs and rights of the individual, the family, the community and society
  • Understanding the impact of current and changing social, political and economic contexts
  • Understand and reflects on your s own value base and their congruence with community development values
2Distinguishing between private and public issues arising in community development work
  • Employ appropriate interpersonal skills to hear individual stories and distinguish between private and public issues
  • Identify individuals’ willingness to engage in a public process to bring about change and facilitate the move from private concern to public action
  • Providing appropriate referrals to assist people to deal with personal issues
  • Ensuring all work reflects and meets duty of care responsibilities
3Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes (I)
  • Analysis of community needs
  • Identify shared appropriate strategies to deal with community needs within a group in order to ensure community issues are addressed
4Work with groups to achieve community development outcomes (II)
  • Identify community structures and resources available to groups to maximise outcomes for groups
  • Developing the skills needed for working with groups to achieve development outcomes
5Working effectively with diversity in the community
  • Reflecting a commitment to the principles of access and equity, respect and understanding of individual differences
6Benefits of CD and effectiveness
  • Recognising the positive contribution of diversity in the community
  • Utilising inclusive work processes that enhance people’s participation
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive work in the community development context


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed textbook required.


References


Other Resources

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


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will consists of short answer written responses to a number of set questions and the development of a Community Development Project Plan.


Assessment Tasks

For this course you will be required to complete the following assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1 - Short answer written responses to set questions: in this task you will be required to answer a set number of questions based on the content delivered in class.

Assessment Task 2 - Developing a community development project plan: in this task you will be required to respond to a set scenario and develop a project plan to support a community to find a solution to a shared problem. Time will be spent in each class working on this assessment.


Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

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.

Attendance
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.

Feedback
You will receive verbal and written feedback by 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;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:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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