Course Title: Develop new networks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5978C

Course Title: Develop new networks

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6126 - Advanced Diploma of Disability

Course Contact : Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 0886

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Contact: Renee Costa
Contact phone: +61 3 9925 0886
Contact email:

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

Not applicable.

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to setup formal networks to benefit the organisation and clients. The skills described in this course may be applied across a range of community services workplace contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCNET503D Develop new networks


1.Develop and maintain appropriate networks

Performance Criteria:

1.1Identify and prioritise organisation, professional and individual networking needs and established new networks as required to meet client needs and organisation objectives
1.2Incorporate significant cultural practices, needs and traditions into the networking strategy and its development
1.3Implement strategies to develop effective new networks in consultation with key people and in accordance with organisation objectives
1.4Make available information about new network to other staff and others as appropriate
1.5Develop and implement processes for engaging relevant community members to collect and disseminate information as appropriate to ensure effective operation of the network


2.Reflect social and cultural awareness in developing and maintaining networks

Performance Criteria:

2.1Identify potential discrimination or culturally based obstacles to effective networks and develop and implement strategies to avoid them
2.2Value cultural difference and diversity as a resource in networks and integrate into practices, relationships and strategies where relevant
2.3Where individual relationships interfere with the effective operation of networks, take timely remedial action in accordance with organisation procedures, to ensure maximum benefit to clients
2.4Regularly evaluate effectiveness and relevance of networks against organisation goals and client needs in consultation with key people, and modify appropriately as necessary
2.5In evaluating effectiveness of networks, consider issues related to cultural expectations, client needs and organisation's philosophy

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

In this unit you will participate in workshop presentations, discussions and activities. The workshops will focus on the common themes of coordination and management of quality services for people with disabilities at individual and agency levels, advocacy, networking and communication in a time of change in the field, and work across the community and related sectors. There will be planned professional discussions with the teaching team undertaken in your workplace so that you can provide direct workplace evidence of your roles, responsibilities and work practices as they align with the requirements of the units and the program as a whole.

Teaching Schedule

 There will be ten workshops delivered in 2014. The following workshops will address this unit:

Workshop number and dateTopics


21st August 2014

Systemic advocacy and representation – current issues in the field, program coordination, advocacy, negotiation and lobbying, communication strategies


18th September 2014

Systemic advocacy and representation – current issues in the field, program coordination, advocacy, negotiation and lobbying, communication strategies


16th October 2014

Working across the community sector and disability field of practice - network and representation, engagement with community services sectors, roles within services


27th November 2014

Working across the community sector and disability field of practice (cont) - network and representation, engagement with community services sectors, professional roles and development


11th December 2014

2014 Units review - presentation of workplace research projects, evidence examples, identifying own professional development via 2014 study, and 2015 planning

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

During sessions you will be directed to relevant sources of current information. These will include your own workplace policy and practice documentation, federal, state and local government legislation and regulatory frameworks and websites, and websites for local, national and international organisations and universities.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include observations, questioning and evidence gathered from the workplace. In cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral questioning on ’What if?’ scenarios.

Assessment Tasks

There will be three assessment tasks for this unit. These tasks will also provide evidence across the other units to be delivered in 2014.

1. Research, report and presentation: You will undertake research into a community services organisation and address a series of questions. You will present your research in a short 10 minute presentation to your class.

2. Workplace assessment: your teacher/s will organise individual workplace appointments to occur in first and second semesters. These will be planned with you and the teacher in consultation. You will participate in planned targeted professional discussions and present workplace documentation and evidence on negotiated topics or in support of your other assessment task responses.

3. Workplace Project: Systemic Advocacy and Change - you will select a current issue in the disability or community sector. Working through a sequence of steps including identification and discussion of the origins of the issue, links to current policy and practice, research into the dimensions of the issue, solutions and strategies, and a "campaign" to advocate for change you will submit a written project, and deliver a presentation overview of your project.

Assessment Matrix

A detailed matrix will be available from the unit teacher/s

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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