Course Title: Implement community development strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5693C

Course Title: 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 99254065

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 70

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


Course Description

In this course you will explore the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitiate change.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD514B Implement community development strategies


1. Work with individuals and groups to identify issues

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use appropriate interpersonal skills with individuals and groups to ensure that their story is heard and understood and to test that there is common understanding
1.2 Respond to individual and group concerns in a manner which shows respect and a commitment to assist in their resolution
1.3 Provide appropriate referrals to assist in the resolution of issues
1.4 Identify and address barriers to moving private concerns into public action


2. Work with groups to establish cooperative processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify relevant models of work that may address group issues and needs
2.2 Identify and establish mechanisms and actions to address group issues and needs
2.3 Organise a range of opportunities to facilitate community participation
2.4 Establish common goals and coordinate strategies for a cooperative group process
2.5 Engage key stakeholders in planning, implementing and evaluating strategies for community empowerment and action
2.6 Address organisation's reporting requirements


3. Support group processes and skills development

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and access available resources to facilitate successful group and community work strategies and activities
3.2 Assist in facilitation of effective group meetings and enhance outcomes
3.3 Support and maintain group processes to facilitate achievement of identified outcomes by the group
3.4 Monitor effectiveness of group processes and provide information to the group to enable improvement and change as required


4. Reflect on practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Reflect on own practice
4.2 Regularly participate in a review mechanism as a commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge
4.3 Work with group to regularly undertake review mechanisms
4.4 Work with group to reflect on group practice and processes

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 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 course is covered in Workshop 4
WorkshopsTitleDatesExplanatory NotesCourse
22 & 23Identifying  issues and developing processes towards change August 27th & September 15thYou will consider the  knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitate changeCHCCD514B Implement community development strategies. E1,2,3,4

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

Assessment for this unit requires you to complete written responses to questions represented in part B of the project portfolio. You are also required to obtain a 3rd party testimony which identifies activities you have undertaken. Both the written responses and 3rd party record require you to demonstrate the following knowledge and application of skills in relation to: Working with group members to identify common and shared issues.  Working with the group to enhance their capacity to work together productively .Supporting the group to establish cooperative processes to effectively undertake collective action. Developing networks that benefit community members.  Reflecting with the group to review group practice                                                                                                      

Assessment Tasks

There are 2 specific tasks which assess this course.  
Task One: Provide short answer written responses to questions contained in a funding application. These questions will illicit information about how you work effectively to support your group to undertake community action. You will also be required to describe the community consultation you undertook and data collected 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 socitey                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Task Two: A written report demonstrating 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 community members.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks, all assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be awarded

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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