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: C5244 - Diploma of 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

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:

1  Promote opportunities for open dialogue and active listening between group members
2  Encourage and model sensitivity to participants, regardless of their gender, culture, ethnicity, subculture, sexuality and ability
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
4  Offer opportunity to all participants for debriefing, support, mediation, consultation and facilitation throughout conflict resolution processes


Address resourcing issues for group activities

Performance Criteria:

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
2  Where required resources are not immediately and readily available, make appropriate submissions to potential sources of assistance and resources
3  Ensure formal submissions meet requirements of funding guidelines and organisation principles and practice


Coordinate a group planning process.

Performance Criteria:

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  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
3  Translate purpose of proposed group activity into a set of aims and objectives
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
5  Deal with contributions and suggestions to group planning processes so as to promote continued participation
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:

1  Ensure aims and objectives of the group activity provide the basis for evaluation and feedback
2  Seek feedback from all group participants on leadership style, group process, achievement of objectives, other achievements and areas for development
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

Students will participate in the following activities for this workshop:
Group work
Group discussions
Analysis of reading material

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in the scheduled April workshop with the course CHCYTH505E Support Youth Programs.

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 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

The assessment tasks for this course are:

PROJECT USING A PROJECT PRO-FORMA (Project Brief) -To research, implement and report on procedures and practices that will enable the establishment of a project. It involves working with colleagues in groups and teams focusing on the development of a project as a means of building capacity within a defined workplace environment. due April 18th.

FINAL PROJECT REPORT To report and/or present on the research, implementation, procedures and practices of the project undertaken. Due October 23rd.

EVIDENCE PORTFOLIO - A compilation of evidence examples of the students roles and responsibilities within the youth work program and of work undertaken within their own community/organization.  Due November.


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 the workshop 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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