Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: EMPL5720C

Course Title: Plan and conduct group activities

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kerrie Loveless

Nominal Hours: 50

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 course describes the knowledge and skills required to participate in, establish and lead a range of informal and formal groups in a variety of settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities


1. Address resourcing issues for group activities

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan group activities, including consideration of:

◾the purposes, defined according to the identified needs of the client group
◾the human, financial and physical resources required
1.2 Where required resources are not immediately and readily available, make appropriate submissions to potential sources of assistance and resources

1.3 Ensure formal submissions meet requirements of funding guidelines and organisation principles and practice


2. Coordinate a group planning process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Actively seek opportunities for collaborative planning and promotion of group activities with clients and solicit, analyse and prioritise information about group's needs and expectations

2.2 Negotiate the purpose of group activities with the group in a manner that gives sufficient time and space for individuals to articulate their ideas and wishes and create opportunity for input to ownership of group processes

2.3 Translate purpose of proposed group activity into a set of aims and objectives

2.4 Analyse potential impact on group operation of the values and beliefs of both worker and client and clarify with those involved in planning and implementing group activities

2.5 Deal with contributions and suggestions to group planning processes so as to promote continued participation

2.6 Design group strategies that promote effective group operation and take into account specific characteristics of clients who will participate in the activity or program


3. Manage group processes including responding to conflict

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Promote opportunities for open dialogue and active listening between group members

3.2 Encourage and model sensitivity to participants, regardless of their gender, culture, ethnicity, subculture, sexuality and ability

3.3 When conflict threatens or arises:

◾implement strategies to prevent it within own role, power and capacity
◾identify and reinforce the outcomes of positive conflict
◾clarify and confirm relevant principles and practices of conflict resolution and seek agreement to implement them
◾encourage acknowledgment of respective rights and responsibilities and perceptions of all participants within the conflict situation
3.4 Offer opportunity to all participants for debriefing, support , mediation, consultation and facilitation throughout conflict resolution processes


4. Evaluate group activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Ensure aims and objectives of the group activity provide the basis for evaluation and feedback

4.2 Seek feedback from all group participants on leadership style, group process, achievement of objectives, other achievements and areas for development

4.3 Document evaluation data according to organisation procedures and distribute to relevant 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

Learning activities you will undertake in this course will include the following:

  • role play/simulations
  • games
  • class discussion
  • analysing reports
  • text analysis
  • case study analysis

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule for this course is as follows:

Week 1: 22 April 2015

Figuring out what you are trying to achieve -

  • identifying group
  • identifying their needs

Week 2: 29 April 2015

Understanding and influencing the way groups interact.

  • Evaluation
  • introvert vs extrovert
  • addressing conflict

Week 3: 6 May 2015


  • Sourcing resources
  • Evaluations
  • writing reports

Week 4:  13 May 2015


  • Sourcing resources
  • Evaluations
  • writing reports

Week 5: 20 May 2015


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will be available in the learning management tool ‘Blackboard’ and readings will be made available including journals and texts that may support you in the program.  

Overview of Assessment



Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks for this course is as follows:

  • Knowledge quiz - You are required to answer 8 questions which will demonstrate your competency in this area.
  • Program and evaluation plan -

Assessment Matrix

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

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 (unresolved)

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 (unresolved)

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 (unresolved) 

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 (unresolved)

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

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