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CDS1000 Introduction to Community Welfare and Development

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: John Solas
Moderator: Lauretta Wright


Co-requisite: CMS1000 or CMS1009 or EDC1100

Other requisites

Students must be eligible for a blue card or its equivalent from State and Territory jurisdictions in order to complete Human Services programs at USQ. Students seeking to undertake practicums must be officially authorized to work with children before they can be placed in a human service organization. Information about application requirements and procedures can be found on the websites which are provided in Other Requirements.

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


The community and human services sectors now encompass a wide range of organisations delivering a broad range of welfare services and social programs. Trends within the sector include greater demands for accountability, increased competition for funding, and the need for enhanced administrative, management, liaison, public relations and advocacy capabilities.


This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and skills required for working in the community and human services sectors. Much of the basic knowledge required is common for workers in varied social settings and various community services including carers, workers with Indigenous, refugee or immigrant communities, workers in women's shelters, youth workers and self-help groups. Emerging initiatives covered include principles of rights based development, empowerment, community rather than individual approaches, enhancing social capital and giving voice to the disadvantaged through advocacy. The course provides students with insights across a range of disciplines and sectors preparing them to contribute effectively to responsive, trans-disciplinary teams and adapt to emerging initiatives in working in community organisations or community development work with marginalised groups in Australian society or overseas.
The Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) is fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia (PACFA).


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate oral and written communication skills in the analysis and discussion of key principles and issues of community welfare and development;
  2. critically analyse social, economic, cultural and political contexts as they pertain to the community sector;
  3. define community development and distinguish between various modes of response to marginalized groups;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of relevant aspects of Australian Social Policy;
  5. demonstrate competence in various academic and professional literacy and related skills including preparing submissions, accessing resources, publicity and lobbying strategies, volunteer involvement and developing strategies and solutions to address community problems;
  6. evaluate a range of community development strategies appropriate to a context;
  7. display a grasp of the role and scope of NGOs and community organisations in society;
  8. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by accessing resources for use in course assessment and adhering to norms of academic integrity.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Contexts of community work 14.00
2. Social Policy 13.00
3. Areas of community organisations' operations 13.00
4. NGOs, community organisations and civil society 12.00
5. Resources, grants and funding sources 10.00
6. Modes of response: welfare, empowerment, advocacy 10.00
7. Tools of community development, information gathering, awareness-raising, advocacy, self-help, networking, service provision, participation, resource provision 13.00
8. Volunteer involvement in governance and operations 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Kenny, S 2006, Developing communities for the future: community development in Australia, 4th edn, Nelson Thomson Learning Australia, South Melbourne.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Henderson, P & Thomas, D 2002, Skills in neighbourhood work, 3rd edn, Routledge, Abingdon, UK.
  • Ife, J 2002, Community development: creating community-based alternatives in an age of globalisation, 2nd edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
  • Jones, A & May, J 1992, Working in human service organisations: a critical introduction, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne.
  • Kaplan, A 1996, The development practitioner's handbook, Pluto Press, London.
  • Sarkissian, W & Perlgut, D (eds) 1994, The community participation handbook: resources for public involvement in the planning process, 2nd edn, Institute for Science and Technology Policy, Murdoch University.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 36.00
Private Study 129.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CASE STUDY 100 40 09 Apr 2012
CMA TEST 1 10 5 23 Apr 2012 (see note 1)
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 40 04 Jun 2012
DISCUSSION CONTRIBUTION 50 10 08 Jun 2012 (see note 2)
CMA TEST 2 10 5 12 Jun 2012 (see note 3)

  1. CMA tests must be completed online and are available for one week prior to the due date.
  2. Discussion contributions are required throughout the semester via USQStudyDesk. Discussion contributions will be graded on relevance, evidence of preparatory reading, quality of ideas and coherence of expression.
  3. CMA tests must be completed online and are available for one week prior to the due date.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Information about application requirements for Blue Card and procedures can be found on the following websites:
    National summary of requirements:

    State and Territory:

    Northern Territory
    Western Australia
    South Australia (Organisationís responsibility to conduct criminal check only if regular contact with children)
    Tasmania (None required)