Course Title: Implement community development strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5693C

Course Title: Implement community development strategies

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5330 - Diploma of Community Services Work

Course Contact : Zaina Nehme

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4552

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julian Silverman: +61 3 9925 4578
Anne Fitzpatrick: +61 3 9925 0329

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitate change. This course is intended for application within a community work or community development work context within the community services sector.

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

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". Other essential learning activities will take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies. Some of the learning activities that you will undertake are: participating in group discussions, presentations from teaching staff and working individually and in small groups on discussing and learning to document a real or proposed community development project.

Teaching Schedule

This unit has been grouped for delivery and is part of a cluster called: Working in Community.  The other units forming this cluster are:CHCLD514B Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients, community work and services, CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities, CHCPOL403C Undertake research activities and CHCAD504B Provide advocacy and representation services.  The delivery schedule for this cluster is below:


Unit and Elements of Competency
Working in community
  • Understanding Community and Community Development
  • Implement Community Development strategies
  • Understanding Advocacy
  • What is group work?
  • An introduction to Sociological factors
E1. Work with individuals and groups to identify issues

E2. Coordinate a group planning process

E1. Identify social and cultural issues impacting on Australian society.

2Sociological Factors and impact on the community
  • Sociological factors in Australian society
  • FourCorners – On the brink video - Newstart and living in poverty
  • Impact of Sociological factors (e.g.: unemployment, housing, poverty)
  • Impact of sociological factors on the community
  • Impact of sociological factors on services
E1. Identify social and cultural issues impacting on Australian society.
E2. Analyse impact of social and cultural factors
E3. Monitor impact of social and cultural factors on community work and services
3Research Methodology
  • What is research?
  • Research process and strategies
  • Values and Ethics in research
  • Research – needs analysis, quantitative and qualitative data
  • Library Research Strategies
  • Journal Critique
  • Literature Review
E1. Prepare a research plan
E2. Implement appropriate research strategies
E3. Organise and analyse information
E4. Report the findings of the research
4Implement Community Development Strategies
  • Community development and group work x 1
  • Types and theories of community development
E2. Work with groups to establish cooperative processes.
E3. Support group processes and skills development
5Group Work and Group Processes
  • Group work skills
  • Stages of group processes
  • Group rules and privacy and confidentiality
  • Project team, manage conflict and project teams
  • Developing your project concept with the group
  • Write up your project
E1. Address resourcing issues for group activities
E2. Coordinate a group planning process
E3. Manage groups processes including responding to conflict
E4. Evaluate group activities
  • Community development and group work x 2
  • Planning a project with the community
  • Community consultation
  • Consulting with your organisation and local organisations to support the project – developing partnerships
  • Defining project outcomes
E1. Establish the representative role and process
E2. Participate in decision-making forums
E3. Negotiate outcomes and liaise with key people
7Community Development Group Work
  • Community development and group work x 3
  • Community capacity building – skills development through project work
  • Community based leadership, negotiation, delegation, a team approach
  • Managing community development projects
  • Project evaluation and dissemination


E2. Work with groups to establish cooperative processes.
E3. Support group processes and skills development
E4. Reflect on practice
8Community Development and Advocacy
  • Advocacy – understanding the issues impacting on the community and community services delivery, including policy development and – bringing about change to reflect the communities’ interests
  • Individual and systemic advocacy
  • Representing the community, representing the organisation
  • Working with local organisations and networks in the community services industry to bring about change
E1. Establish the representative role and process
E2. Participate in decision-making forums
E3. Negotiate outcomes and liaise with key people
E4. Evaluate effectiveness of strategies
9Group Presentations Presentation on research and its relation to your project 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed text required.


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 for this course is based on completing a simulated funding application, community project meeting minutes and on completing a self-assessment of your ability to chair a meeting in a simulated community development workplace context.

Assessment Tasks


This unit has been clustered (grouped) for assessment with the units CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities and CHCPOL403C Undertake research activities.

For this unit (CHCCD514B Implement community development strategies) you will be required to complete the relevant sections of one assessment tasks as described below:

Community Development Project: for this task you will undertake specific assessment activities as part of the overall community development project assessment. Specifically, you will complete a written task addressing questions relating to how you are able to undertake activities, including; work with individuals and groups to identify issues and establish cooperative processes in developing solutions, building the capacity of groups to undertake project work and finally to reflect upon the strengths and challenges you face in your own practice.

Note: Further details of how assessment tasks are mapped to individual units of competency are available from the Program Coordinator.

Assessment Matrix

This program in 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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