Course Title: Undertake research activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: GEDU5978C

Course Title: Undertake research activities

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5247 - Diploma of Community Development

Course Contact : Mandy Morrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254065

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will explore the  knowledge and skills required to implement research relevant to operations of the organisation and/or the community

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCPOL403C Undertake research activities


1. Prepare a research plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Ensure views and interests of stakeholders are reflected in the research methodology and it and is compatible with ethical considerations
1.2 Select research methodology suitable to needs, purposes and resources and to maximise credibility of outcomes
1.3 Select and use research strategies appropriate to client group, subject matter being researched, the outcomes sought and the resources available
1.4 Ensure research plan incorporates strategies for validating research outcomes


2. Implement appropriate research strategies

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select and use research strategies appropriate to subject matter being researched, the outcomes sought and the resources available
2.2 Determine and allocate resources needed to conduct research
2.3 Ensure collection, recording and storage of all relevant information is timely and will ensure validity, confidentiality and security
2.4 Identify a representative range of people and groups with an interest in the issues and consult them in appropriate ways to ensure validity of outcomes
2.5 Undertake consultation according to agreed practices and protocol of own and other agencies
2.6 Consider cultural sensitivities and ethical issues in all consultation


3. Organise and analyse information

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise information in a form that allows analysis and suits the research purposes
3.2 Develop patterns in the data and derive explanations, maintaining validity and reliability


4. Report the findings of the research

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Report complete and accurate details of the research methodology, information and analysis in an accessible and useable style and format
4.2 Provide opportunities for validation of research findings
4.3 Report research results and make them available to all relevant stakeholders

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

You will be involved in learning activities in a day long workshop which will include group discussions and group work activities based on workshop content. You will also be required to undertake independent studies. Reflection on your own work context is a significant aspect of this course and you will be given opportunities to discuss and think about your own practice.

Teaching Schedule

There are 14 full day  workshops and 13 evening workshops scheduled for this program. Workshops 5 & 6 cover this course
WorkshopDateTitleWorkshop ContentCourse
5,6 March 19th/31stUndertaking research to support Community Development activitiesIn this workshop you will explore the knowledge and skills required to implement research relevant to operations of the organisation and/or the communityCHCPOL403C Undertake research activities,E 1,2,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required


Other Resources

Preparatory reading material and/or youtube recordings will be made available prior to workshops (where relevant). Where the teacher has used a powerpoint presentation during the workshop, these resources and other learning activities and handouts will be made available to enroled students post the workshop via electronic methods

Overview of Assessment

The assessment activities for this course require you to demonstrate your knowledge and application of skills in relation to the preparation,implementation, analysis and reporting of a research plan relevant to community development project work or activities.

Assessment Tasks

You will be required to complete 2 Assessments for this course :

Task 1: Provide a detailed, written research plan describing strategies and methodologies used to gather and analyse the data and information required for your community development project/activities. Your research plan must also make reference to published information you have sought to provide a comprehensive plan.

Task 2: Written report analysing and presenting the findings of your research.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Coordinator.

This program is 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.

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 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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