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CDS1000 Introduction to Community Welfare and Development

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: John Solas
Moderator: Lauretta Wright


Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: CMS1000 or CMS1009

Other requisites

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


The Social and Community Services Industry encompass a wide range of organisations delivering a broad range of services and programs. Trends within the industry include greater demands for accountability, increased competition for funding, and the need for enhanced administrative, management, liaison, public relations and advocacy capabilities.


This is a core course in the Diploma of Community Welfare and Development and Bachelor of Human Services programs designed to offer students an introduction to work in the community services industry. The course covers principles of rights based, anti-oppressive practice, focusing on empowerment, the development of social capital and advocacy. It engages students in the task of identifying, examining and refining collaborative responses, to issues affecting marginalised groups locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

The Bachelor of Human Services (counselling major) is fully accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Association of Australia Inc (PACFA).


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. critically analyse social, economic, cultural and political contexts as they pertain to the community services sector;
  2. define community development and distinguish it from other modes of response to marginalized groups;
  3. understand the formulation and implementation of Australian Social Policy;
  4. prepare submissions, access resources, design publicity and lobbying strategies, recruit and utilise volunteer involvement and develop solutions that address community problems;
  5. identify and evaluate strategies appropriate to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of community development programs in local, regional and international contexts;
  6. display a grasp of the role and scope of Non-Government Organisations in society;
  7. demonstrate oral and written communication skills in the analysis and discussion of key principles and issues of community welfare and development;
  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 2011, 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 2010, Community development: creating community-based alternatives in an age of globalisation, 4th edn, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW.
  • Jones, A & May, J 1992, Working in human service organisations: a critical introduction, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Private Study 129.00
Workshops 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CASE STUDY 100 40 26 Mar 2013
CMA TEST 1 10 10 16 Apr 2013 (see note 1)
PROJECT PROPOSAL 100 40 21 May 2013
CMA TEST 2 10 10 04 Jun 2013 (see note 2)

  1. CMA tets must be completed online and are available for one week prior to the due date.
  2. CMA tests must be completed online and are availbale for one week prior to the due date

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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.