Course Title: Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: POLI5042C

Course Title: Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 95

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 work within community and government structures to enable community development processes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCD516B Work within organisation and government structures to enable community development outcomes


1. Work within the structures and process of the organisation

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and work within the management structure, philosophy and purpose of own organisation
1.2 Identify governance structures within the organisation and roles and responsibilities within those governance structures
1.3 Identify the structures within the organisation that provide the authority for community development activity to occur
1.4 Work within lines of decision-making and accountability in contributing to planning processes in relation to organisation's community development activities
1.5 Ensure decisions and processes are documented accessible to all involved


2. Assess extent to which organisation supports community development work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine aspects of the management structure, philosophy and purpose, governance structures, policies and procedures which are supportive of community development work
2.2 Identify aspects of the management structure, philosophy and purpose, governance structures, policies and procedures which may create barriers to community development work


3. Utilise all levels of government for community development activities and projects

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify levels of government and responsibilities for community funding
3.2 Identify current and possible future funding sources for community resources and programs
3.3 Identify government policy barriers and with community members identify strategies to support change
3.4 Develop strategic alliances between organisation, community members and relevant government agencies to support community development activities
3.5 Seek opportunities to influence government decision and policy making in line with community issues and needs
3.6 Ensure community development activities and projects adhere to relevant commonwealth, state and local government legal requirements
3.7 Regularly update information about current legal requirements and if appropriate, develop proposals to modify organisation policy and procedures


4. Maintain the profile of community development work within the organisation

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use formal and informal networks to communicate the organisation’s community development activities and achievements
4.2 Use a range of communication media and activities to convey information about community development activities and achievements of the organisation to encourage support and interest
4.3 Seek and utilise opportunities to promote the organisation and its community development work and activities
4.4 Display confidentiality and sensitivity in details, content and extent of public comment on organisation’s activities


5. Maintain management support for community development activities and projects

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify and advise management of political, social, cultural and economic trends that may impact on community development activities and projects
5.2 Ensure community development activities and project work is within the policies and procedures of the organisation
5.3 Promptly address problems in implementing defined procedures to ensure resolution
5.4 Identify and seek to resolve conflict between organisation policies and community or public issues

Learning Outcomes

Essential learning activities will take place during 4 classes. You will also be required to undertake independent studies. All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". You will be required to participate in on line learning activities each month using the discussion board forum.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in workshop activities where Powerpoint presentations, reading material, case studies, and group work activities and discussion cover the contact of the course.

Teaching Schedule

      Week one and two     

Enabling CD processes within government & communityYou will explore the skills and knowledge required to  work within community and government structures to enable community development processes

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Provided in class and in Blackboard

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to complete a detailed case study for your assessment in this course.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1:  Complete a written report in which you identify how you are able to work within the governance and management structures of your own organisation or field work agency to further community development approaches or activities working with young people.

Task two :Outline the barriers management and governance procedures can have on preventing the community development approach to working with young people.

Task three: Describe how you can work with government funding bodies to access appropriate resources and influence policy when working with young people.

Assessment Matrix

Provided by the teacher.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
Hardcopy: you must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy.
E-Submission: you will complete an e-Declaration for every piece of work submitted online.
The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy:
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Student Complaints Form:

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