Course Title: Develop and implement community development strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5451C

Course Title: Develop and implement community development strategies

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5247 - Diploma of Community Development

Course Contact : Mandy Morrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4065

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 150

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

There are no pre-requisite courses required.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work in the community to facilitate public awareness and resolution of a range of issues of public concern.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD615A Develop and implement community development strategies


1. Establish and build community based group processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use appropriate interpersonal skills to ensure that stories are heard and understood and to test there is common understanding
1.2 Respond to individual and group concerns in a manner which shows respect and identifies the public concern
1.3 Support individuals to identify others who may share their concerns
1.4 Employ relevant facilitation skills to assist people to identify when community development processes may not be the appropriate mechanism to address their issue and to provide appropriate referrals
1.5 Identify and address barriers to moving private concerns into public community action
1.6 Facilitate identification and development of community development strategies for proceeding with community actions
1.7 Identify structures and networks relevant to proposed community actions


2. Research and analyse structures and systems relevant to the public concern

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the structures and systems which have created and maintain issues within the public arena
2.2 Assist the group to develop strategies to seek positive change to these structures and systems
2.3 Implement strategies to seek positive change
2.4 Evaluate and review strategies in light of change achieved.


3. Facilitate processes to support community action

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Undertake all work in a timely manner
3.2 Assist groups to implement appropriate mechanisms and actions which will address the range of issues
3.3 Contribute to the development of policies and processes which will facilitate resolution of group concerns in the public arena
3.4 Routinely use effective interpersonal skills to motivate the group to work cooperatively
3.5 Undertake appropriate work to develop and implement operational arrangements which will facilitate group processes
3.6 Provide appropriate level of support within the defined work role to develop and maintain group processes and facilitate achievement of identified outcomes
3.7 Provide appropriate support to ensure there is ongoing evaluation of group processes
3.8 Assist the group to access additional assistance and resources as required
3.9 Develop and apply a strategy for managing a number of community development activities


4. Develop and maintain relevant networks

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and prioritise networking needs and established new networks as required to meet community and group needs and organisation objectives
4.2 Develop and maintain strategic alliances with key individuals and groups covering a range of issues relevant to work role
4.3 Incorporate significant cultural practices, needs and traditions into the networking strategy and its development
4.4 Implement strategies to develop effective new networks in consultation with key people and in accordance with organisation objectives
4.5 Make available information about new network to others as appropriate
4.6 Develop and implement processes for engaging relevant community members to collect and disseminate information as appropriate to ensure effective operation of the network

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Establish and build community based group processes
  2. Research and analyse structures and systems relevant to the public concern
  3. Facilitate processes to support community action
  4. Develop and maintain relevant networks

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in learning activities in an evening workshop. Activities will include group discussions and activities. Reflection on your own work context is a significant aspect of the course and you will be given opportunities to discuss and think about your own practice.

Teaching Schedule

There are 18 full day workshops + 1 evening workshop in this program. This unit is covered in Workshop 15
WorkshopTitleWorkshop ContentDateUnit of Competency & Elements
15Community development strategiesYou will consider the knowledge and skills required to  work in the community to facilitate public awareness and resolution of a range of issues of public concernAugust 18thCHCCD615A Develop and implement community development strategies. E1,2,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None required

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

Assessment for this course is based on responding to written questions about your community development project, about community based processes and the support you receive for the project from government and local organisations and networks. Responses to written questions about different approaches to community development including locally based/ locally managed community organisations, community education, social action and asset based community development will also be required in the workshop.

Assessment Tasks

There are 2 specific tasks which assess this unit.

Task One:  Provide short answer written responses to questions represented in Community Development Project Portfolio - Part B.These questions will illicit information about  how you work effectively to support  your group to undertake community action. You will also be required to undertake an analysis based on community consultation and data from relevant stakeholders about the impacts of social structures/systems such as institutions, legislation and the provision of services and how these impact on  your community group and wider society.
Task Two: Provide a testimony from your workplace supervisor or volunteer coordinator , stating your ability to support a community group to consolidate their abilities to work together towards community action, your ability to foster networks that support your community and finally , your ability to undertake and analyse community-based research into social systems and structures that impact upon your ‘client’ community .

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. 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
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