Course Title: Develop new networks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: HWSS5329C

Course Title: Develop new networks

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6054 - Advanced Diploma of Disability Work

Course Contact : Mary Collins

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254598

Course Contact Email:mary.collins@rmit.edu.au


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Nominal Hours: 75

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

Students are assumed to be experienced disability staff working in the disability or community services fields.

Course Description

In this unit you will focus on setting up formal networks which will benefit the organisation and clients.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCNET3B Develop new networks

Element:

1. Develop and maintain appropriate networks
2. Reflect social and cultural awareness in developing and maintaining networks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Organisational, professional and Individual networking needs are identified, prioritised and appropriate new networks are established as required to meet client needs and organisational objectives
1.2 Significant cultural practices, needs and traditions are incorporated into the networking strategy and its development
1.3 Strategies to develop effective new networks are implemented in consultation with key people and in accordance with organisational objectives
1.4 Information about new network is made available to other staff and others as appropriate
1.5 Processes for engaging relevant community members in collection and dissemination of information are developed and implemented as appropriate to ensure effective operation of the network

2.1 Potential discrimination or culturally based obstacles to effective networks are identified and strategies to avoid them are developed and implemented
2.2 Cultural differences and diversity are valued as a resource in networks and integrated into practices, relationships and strategies wherever relevant
2.3 Where individual relationships interfere with the effective operation of networks, timely remedial action is taken in accordance with organisational procedures, to ensure maximum benefit to clients
2.4 Effectiveness and relevance of networks is regularly evaluated against organisational goals and client needs in consultation with key people, and appropriate modifications are made as necessary
2.5 Evaluation of the effectiveness of networks includes consideration of issues related to cultural expectations, client needs and organisation's philosophy


Learning Outcomes


Please refer to elements.


Details of Learning Activities

You will attend a program of workshops which will focus on key themes and issues and which will include guest speakers from the disability area and other industry areas. The student cohort is comprised of experienced industry staff so the workshops are based on extending your knowledge and skills through intensive workshops focussing on current work practices, industry initiatives and issues, legislative and policy changes and developments. Some in-class assessment tasks are included in workshops.


Teaching Schedule

 workshop number topics  
 1 Program introduction, student administration, RPL, workplace learning
 2

 Semester 1 Learning and Assessment Tasks - distribution and discussion

Systemic Advocacy -presentations and discussion

 3

 Library orientation

In-class task 2.1 - statistics and analysis

 4 Community services in Australia at a local, state and federal level.
 5 In-class assessment 2.2 -Student discussions on Advocacy Projects
 6 Disability worldwide - an international perspective
 7

 Counselling - principles and practices

In- class assesment 2.3 - Counselling, first contact and referrals

 8

 Cultural diversity in disability and community services work

In-class assessment 2.4 - networking and cultural perspectives

 9 Student Presentations - Advocacy Projects


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be through a mix of in-class tasks, workplace based projects and a workplace assessment. A workplace assessment appointment will be undertaken once per year with each student to allow students to present and discuss workplace evidence.  


Assessment Tasks

This unit is assessed by the following tasks:

2.2 Student discussions - students will each lead a discussion giving an overview of their Advocacy Project (L & A Task 3)

2.4 Cultural perspectives - how culture and disability affect a person’s life and our service provision

3. Systems Advocacy Project - students will identify, explore and research a current issue in the disability or related fields. They will then develop an advocacy campaign to promote systemic change to address that issue.

You may be asked to provide supplementary evidence from your workplace to demonstrate competence.

Assessment tasks will be graded as follows:

Competency Achieved - CA

Not Yet Competent - NYC


Assessment Matrix

The Assessment Matrix will be distributed and discussed in class. The matrix is used to track the student’s progress to "Competency Achieved" through the full set of learning and assessment tasks each semester.

Other Information

The following 5 units are delivered as a cluster with a common workshop schedule. The learning and assessment tasks are designed to address the set of units.

CHCAD3A Undertake systems advocacy

CHCDIS11C Coordinate disability work

CHCNET3B Develop new networks

CHCORG20B Promote and represent the organisation

CHCCOM3C Utilise specialist communication skills to build strong relationships

Learning and Assessment tasks for cluster:

1 - Professional communication. Students will be presented with a scenario. They will use their professional knowledge and skills to analyse the issues, research resources and linkages and then develop a response to the scenario.

2.1 Statistics - analysis and, argument and advocacy. Students will access statistics profiling the incidence of disability in Australia. They will work in groups to analyse the data and identify trends, patterns and suggest future service needs in the system

2.2 Student discussions - students will each lead a discussion giving an overview of their Advocacy Project (L & A Task 3)

2.3 Counselling - first contact and referral. Students will consider a set of scenarios and the appropriate responses from a range of perspectives

2.4 Cultural perspectives - how culture and disability affect a person’s life and our service provision

3. Systems Advocacy Project - students will identify, explore and research a current issue in the disability or related fields. They will then develop an advocacy campaign to promote systemic change to address that issue.

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