Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5720C

Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

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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

To gain entry into CHC51408 Diploma of Youth Work candidates must:

Be recognised, as competent through a recognised training package or recognition process, against the following compulsory units of CHC41808 Certificate IV in Youth Work:

 CHCCOM403C Utilise specialist communication skills to build relationships
 CHCCS404A Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
 CHCCS422A Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately
 CHCYTH401A Engage respectfully with young people
 CHCYTH402A Work effectively with young people within the youth work context
 HLTHIR403B Work effectively with culturally diverse clients & co-workers
 HLTOHS300A Contribute to OHS processes


Have suitable relevant youth sector experience and knowledge to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

 The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
 A wide range of tasks and skills in a variety of contexts, with a complexity in the range and choices of actions required
 The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to particpate 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


Manage group processes including repsonding to conflict.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Promote opportunites 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
- indentify and reinforce the outcomes of postive conflict
- clarify and confirm relevant principles and practices of conflict resolution and seek agreement to implement them
- encourage acknowledgement of respective rights and responsibilities and perceptions of all paritcipants within the conflict situation.
3.4 Offer opprotunity to all participants for debriefing, support, mediation, consultation and facilitation throughout conflict resolution processes.


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  approrpiate submissions to potential sources of assistance and resources
1.3 Ensure formal  submissions meet requriemetns of funding guidelines and organisation principles and practice.


Coordinate a group planning process.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Actively seek opprotunities for collaborative planning and promotion of group activities with clients and solicit, anaylse 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 owndership 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 invovled  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 particpate 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 feedback
4.2 Seek feedback from all group participants on leadership style, group processes, achievements of objectives, other achievements and areas for development
4.3 Document evaluation data according to organisation procedures and distribute to relevant people.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this unit you will achieve and demonstrate competence in the following elements;

Manage group processes including repsonding to conflict.
Address resourcing issues for group activities
Coordinate a group planning process.
Evaluate group activities.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes are scheduled on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. Students will be given readings in preparation for each workshop. Led by industry leaders, these workshops take students through a variety of in-class tasks and scenarios with the intention of extending their current working knowledge of Youth Work practice. The work undertaken in class is invaluable for the assessment tasks.
It is expected that time spent out of the classroom will be dedicated to completing the various assessment tasks listed below.
Students will be expected to make use of the Learning Hub as part of their on-line studies which are part of the course.

Teaching Schedule

Students meet the last Friday of every month to undertake a workshop which will focus on each of the competencies.
An RPL process is undertaken with each student within the first 6 weeks of the course.
After each workshop students will be given an underpinning knowledge question to complete for the following workshop. The other assessments are completed throughout the year.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit enables participants to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to their workplace while being encouraged to share current work practices. Assessment tasks involve team and individual projects and written assessment including questions and case studies. Based on your individual learning plan, you will be offered a number of learning strategies including workshop attendance, project work development and workplace support to your assessment needs for this program.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be involved in a variety of assessment tasks throughout the course, including:
• Simulations
• A major project brief
• A final project report
• Underpinning knowledge questions and answers (one per month)
• A research essay
• An evidence portfolio
• Workshop participation.

Assessment Matrix

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