Course Title: Implement community development strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5693C

Course Title: Implement community development strategies

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4313 - Certificate IV in Community Development

Course Contact : Julian Silverman

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4578

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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

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to implement community development strategies to meet their community needs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD514B Implement community development strategies


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


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


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


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

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

You will attend an all-day workshop in which you will participate in activities including discussions and presentations related to engaging communities in the community development process as part of specific initiatives. Self-directed study activities to be completed outside of the workshop include working with groups to establish cooperative processes to support skills development in terms of cooperating on community initiatives. You will be required to reflect on your practice through regularly participation in review mechanisms as a commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Elective Unit 7Class ContentLearning Elements
Implement community development strategiesThis workshop will involve practical group activities combined with presentations from staff to enable students to develop a range of techniques aimed at enhancing community consultations and collaborative community work processes.1. Work with individuals and groups to identify issues
2. Work with groups to establish cooperative processes
3. Support group processes and skills development
4. Reflect on practice

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.


Other Resources

You will be issued a reading kit that includes links to relevant web resources upon commencement of this course. It will contain articles and instructional materials that relate to this workshop and it will be developed in consultation with industry experts in the community development sector.

Web links for this workshop
Community Management of Development: How can we make it happen? – Marsha Berman (PNG BUAI)
Action Strategies for Community Development – Neighborhood Planning

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

- Community Development Case Study
- Evaluation Report

Assessment Tasks

In order to demonstrate competence in this course you will need to satisfactorily complete the following assessment tasks:

Community Development Case Study
The community development case study will detail how you are able to support individuals and groups to identify their individual and shared issues. It will include how you collaborate to identify a cooperative working process and implement community development projects. Your case study will also include describing how you will support the group to develop the skills and processes they need to undertake and complete the project. In order to satisfy the requirements of this course your case study must demonstrate how you are able to work with individuals and groups to identify issues, work with and support groups to establish cooperative processes and skills and reflect on your own practice.

Evaluation Report
You will complete a report evaluating how effectively you are able to work with individuals and groups to identify issues and to develop a collaborative working process. This will include examining how you were able to support groups to establish cooperative processes and data skills development within a community development context. You will complete this by reflecting on how you were able to identify your strengths and areas for improvement as part of your ability to support groups to develop a collaborative community development process.

Assessment Matrix

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