Course Title: Develop and implement community development strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: HWSS5451C

Course Title: Develop and implement community development strategies

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5247 - Diploma of Community Development

Course Contact : Mandy Morrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4065

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anthony Graham
Program Manager
Community Services
School of Global Studies, Social Science & Planning
RMIT University
City Campus
Tel:+61 3 99254411

Mandy Morrison
Diploma Community Development
Community Services
RMIT University, City Campus

Nominal Hours: 150

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

There are no pre-requisite courses required.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work in the community to facilitate public awareness and resolution of a range of issues of public concern.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD615A Develop and implement community development strategies



Performance Criteria:

1. Establish and build community based group processes

1.1 Use appropriate interpersonal skills to ensure that stories are heard and understood and to test there is common understanding
1.2 Respond to individual and group concerns in a manner which shows respect and identifies the public concern
1.3 Support individuals to identify others who may share their concerns
1.4 Employ relevant facilitation skills to assist people to identify when community development processes may not be the appropriate mechanism to address their issue and to provide appropriate referrals
1.5 Identify and address barriers to moving private concerns into public community action
1.6 Facilitate identification and development of community development strategies for proceeding with community actions
1.7 Identify structures and networks relevant to proposed community actions

2. Research and analyse structures and systems relevant to the public concern

2.1 Identify the structures and systems which have created and maintain issues within the public arena
2.2 Assist the group to develop strategies to seek positive change to these structures and systems
2.3 Implement strategies to seek positive change
2.4 Evaluate and review strategies in light of change achieved.

3. Facilitate processes to support community action

3.1 Undertake all work in a timely manner
3.2 Assist groups to implement appropriate mechanisms and actions which will address the range of issues
3.3 Contribute to the development of policies and processes which will facilitate resolution of group concerns in the public arena
3.4 Routinely use effective interpersonal skills to motivate the group to work cooperatively
3.5 Undertake appropriate work to develop and implement operational arrangements which will facilitate group processes
3.6 Provide appropriate level of support within the defined work role to develop and maintain group processes and facilitate achievement of identified outcomes
3.7 Provide appropriate support to ensure there is ongoing evaluation of group processes
3.8 Assist the group to access additional assistance and resources as required
3.9 Develop and apply a strategy for managing a number of community development activities

4. Develop and maintain relevant networks

4.1 Identify and prioritise networking needs and established new networks as required to meet community and group needs and organisation objectives
4.2 Develop and maintain strategic alliances with key individuals and groups covering a range of issues relevant to work role
4.3 Incorporate significant cultural practices, needs and traditions into the networking strategy and its development
4.4 Implement strategies to develop effective new networks in consultation with key people and in accordance with organisation objectives
4.5 Make available information about new network to others as appropriate
4.6 Develop and implement processes for engaging relevant community members to collect and disseminate information as appropriate to ensure effective operation of the network

Learning Outcomes

By completing this unit you will achieve and demonstrate competence in the following elements:

  1. Establish and build community based group processes
  2. Research and analyse structures and systems relevant to the public concern
  3. Facilitate processes to support community action
  4. Develop and maintain relevant networks

Details of Learning Activities

Students will study community development concepts and strategies in the workshop sessions and online (Blackboard discussion) engagement, prescribed exercises and assessment work. These concepts will also be explored through the investigation of appropriate real world and simulated environments.

Teaching Schedule

Workshops will be offered on a monthly basis during the academic year. Workshops are linked to units of competency. An initial upfront assessment will occur with the student that will take into account recognition of current competency and prior learning. The individual student’s knowledge, skills and experience will be considered. Based on this process the student will then have an individual learning plan developed that will highlight the students workshop attendance.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources such as unit reading, unit references will be provided to all students via their program folders and also placed within the blackboard site as required.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is based on responding to written questions about your community development project, about community based processes and the support you receive for the project from government and local organisations and networks. Responses to written questions about different approaches to community development including locally based/ locally managed community organisations, community education, social action and asset based community development will also be required in the workshop.

Assessment Tasks

A student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of this particular competency and assessment tasks are based on the requirements of the essential aspects of evidence as outlined in the unit of competency: CHCCD615A Develop and implement community development strategies.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
A workplace assessment appointment will be undertaken to allow students to present and discuss workplace evidence: Based on the individual student’s knowledge, skills and experience: an individual learning plan will be negotiated and developed.
Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including responses to task questions, in class activities, case studies, and the development of project work in consultation with the Course Coordinator ( assessor) and the student’s workplace.
Student will also be asked to complete an evidence portfolio documenting workplace practise as linked to the unit of competency. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their Course Coordinator to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Matrix

A combination of assessment activities based on each individual student’s learning plans may be developed as required.
Assessments will be based on the level of the individual student’s knowledge, skills and experience as ascertained at a workplace meeting where workplace evidence is discussed and presented.
At completion of the course an evidence portfolio will validate competence with the assessment task activities’ completed for any competency gaps.

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