Course Title: Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: POLI5042C

Course Title: Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kerrie Loveless

Nominal Hours: 95

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 within community and government structures to enable community development processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD516B Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes


1. Work within the structures and process of the organisation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and work within the management structure, philosophy and purpose of own organisation

1.2 Identify governance structures within the organisation and roles and responsibilities within those governance structures

1.3 Identify the structures within the organisation that provide the authority for community development activity to occur

1.4 Work within lines of decision-making and accountability in contributing to planning processes in relation to organisation's community development activities

1.5 Ensure decisions and processes are documented accessible to all involved


2. Assess extent to which organisation supports community development work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine aspects of the management structure, philosophy and purpose, governance structures, policies and procedures which are supportive of community development work

2.2 Identify aspects of the management structure, philosophy and purpose, governance structures, policies and procedures which may create barriers to community development work


3. Utilise all levels of government for community development activities and projects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify levels of government and responsibilities for community funding

3.2 Identify current and possible future funding sources for community resources and programs

3.3 Identify government policy barriers and with community members identify strategies to support change

3.4 Develop strategicalliances between organisation, community members and relevant government agencies to support community development activities

3.5 Seek opportunities to influence government decision and policy making in line with community issues and needs

3.6 Ensure community development activities and projects adhere to relevant commonwealth, state and local government legal requirements

3.7 Regularly update information about current legal requirements and if appropriate, develop proposals to modify organisation policy and procedures in relation to community development activities


4. Maintain the profile of community development work within the organisation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use formal and informal networks to communicate the organisation's community development activities and achievements

4.2 Use a range of communication media and activities to convey information about community development activities and achievements of the organisation to encourage support and interest

4.3 Seek and utilise opportunities to promote the organisation and its community development work and activities

4.4 Display confidentiality and sensitivity in details, content and extent of public comment on organisation's activities


5. Maintain management support for community development activities and projects

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify and advise management of political, social, cultural and economic trends that may impact on community development activities and projects

5.2 Ensure community development activities and project work is within the policies and procedures of the organisation

5.3 Promptly address problems in implementing defined procedures to ensure resolution

5.4 Identify and seek to resolve conflict between organisation policies and community or public issues

5.5 Prepare reports on community development activities and projects in a comprehensive and accurate manner and present to relevant stakeholders and management, as required

5.6 When required, ensure information about community development activities and projects is provided within the management structures to facilitate effective and informed deliberations and decision-making

Learning Outcomes

Essential learning activities will take place during 4 classes. You will also be required to undertake independent studies. All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". You will be required to participate in on line learning activities each month using the discussion board forum.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in the following learning activities during this course:

  • Class discussion
  • Case studies
  • Document analysis

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule for this course is as follows:

Week 1:  9 September

  •  Discuss your org structure.
  • Identify the roles/responsibilities of people
  • Where are decisions made – what influences this (level of risk, cost etc)
  • How do you communicate with others in the structure?
  • How do policies procedures influence our work?
  • Discussion
  • Provide examples
  • What are some of the legal and organisational polices which influence our work
  • Where do we get evidence of need to develop and redevelop policy/procedures?
  • What do we mean by community development

Week 2: 16 September

  • Selling your message internally (internal coms)
  • What are the current structures available to allow us to influence government?
  • Community – what mediums are available to sell you message?

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available in  ‘Blackboard’. A set of readings will be made available to you including journals and texts that may support you in the program.

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to complete a detailed case study for your assessment in this course.

Assessment Tasks

For this course you will undertake a detailed case study based on  a copy of a policy or procedure document from your organisation.  You will then answer a set of questions which will demonstrate your competency in this course. 

Due date 23 September 2015

Assessment Matrix

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

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment:

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

A Police Check and Working with Children Check – This course requires both documents before placement can begin

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