Course Title: Support community action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5989C

Course Title: Support community action

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: 90

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 support the community to represent their own needs through social and public action

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD508D Support community action


1. Respond to community needs

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan and implement appropriate opportunities so that people in the community can promote their issues
1.2 Identify and clarify a range of forms of consultation and research methods
1.3 Identify, develop and agree with key people strategies for meeting community needs


2. Support identified community needs

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess relevance and appropriateness of a range of mechanisms and actions to address community needs
2.2 Calculate and assess resources required for availability and appropriateness and where possible, provide these resources
2.4 Undertake appropriate work to ensure that resourcing to meet community needs is provided and made available


3. Evaluate effectiveness of community action

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Evaluate the effectiveness of activities using accepted strategies and mechanisms
3.2 Review progress of strategies with key people and negotiate and implement required changes
3.3 Document outcomes of evaluations and report to key people

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 19 workshops scheduled for this program. Workshop 4 covers this unit
WorkshopTitle    Workshop contentUnit of CompetencyDate
4Social and cultural factors in CD WorkYou will explore the skills and knowledge required to support the community to ientify their rights and represent their own needs through social action and public processes.  Emphasis will be placed on evaluating and reflecting on your own current proffesional practice.

CHCCD508D Elements:  1,2,3 &4


March 19th

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 how you have developed processes, within the context of your community organisation or group and in collaboration with community members, to identify and respond  to community needs through collective action including capacity building. You will be required  to complete written documentation which demonstrates how you have effectively worked with your community and  provide reflection upon the successes and challenges of community activities undertaken to address shared issues.

Assessment Tasks

For this unit you will be required to complete and submit 2 assessments tasks.                                                               

Task 1:  Provide a written response to specific  questions represented in Part A of your project  portfolio. These questions elicit responses regarding:

  • How you work with your group or organisation and key community members to identify and respond to the collective issues of the communitys interests
  • How you support your community to develop strategies to meet identified needs
  • Description of  the activities you undertake to address these issues/needs
  • How you work with your organisation and the community to reflect upon the effectiveness and challenges of the activities undertaken                                                                                                                                                               

The following workplace or community volunteer project documentation is requested to support your written responses:

  • A needs analysis documenting  your process and analysis of community and key organisational needs
  • a diary entry reflecting appointments/arrangements made to support community action
  • brief report or minutes of a meeting which detail how you have supported your  project                                        

Task 2 :   Provide a written report describing how you work with community members to build their capacity in relation to meeting community needs in oreder to achieve community project objectives


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
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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