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HSW3220 Community Based Rehabilitation

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Community Based Rehabilitation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090509 - Care for the Disabled
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Emily Steel


The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) framework promotes collaboration among community leaders, people with disability, their families, and other citizens to provide equal opportunities for all people in society. It has been utilised in Australia and internationally for social planning, social enterprises, and inclusive community development and is consistent with Australia’s National Disabiltiy Strategy 2010-2020. Managers and leaders in community health, aging and disability sectors require an understanding of human functioning and health and strategies for promoting community access and inclusion. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills in applying CBR strategies with individuals and communities. The course will address access and inclusion in a variety of contexts and consider the needs of different populations.


This course introduces the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a conceptual framework and practical resources for understanding and assessing functioning and health of individuals and populations. Students will apply knowledge of accessibility, universal design and assistive technology as CBR strategies to promote access and inclusion in contexts of cultural diversity. Students will demonstrate professional communication skills in advocating for inclusive development and discussing ethical considerations in complex human services systems.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to

  1. Articulate and apply knowledge of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) concepts, techniques and tools in program design or evaluation.
  2. Discuss human functioning and the influence of personal and environmental factors on participation and health.
  3. Identify design features in built and virtual environments and evaluate their impact on accessibility and inclusion for a range of individuals.
  4. Describe the role of human services in inclusive development, and the cultural and ethical considerations arising in professional practice.
  5. Demonstrate professional skills in communication and collaboration for developing and evaluating initiatives to promote community access and inclusion.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding and evaluating human functioning and health through the engagement of individuals in purposeful activity and interaction with environmental and personal factors; 20.00
2. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as a framework for promoting community access and inclusion; 20.00
3. Accessibility and universal design principles in physical and virtual environments; 20.00
4. Assistive technology and other human and non-human supports and enablers; 20.00
5. Disability-inclusive development principles and resources and the role of human services. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Cook, A. M., & Polgar, J. M 2015, Assistive Technologies, 4th edn, Mosby, St Louis (MO).
(Chapter 1 - Principles of Assistive Technology: Introduicng the Human Activity Technology Model (PP. 1-15).)
Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J. & Levine, D 2012, Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments, Wiley.
World Health Organisation (2011) Community-Based Rehabilitation: CBR Guidelines, Geneva: World Health Organisation.
World Health Organistion (2001) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Retrieved from Geneva:

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 24.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Online Tutorials 12.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 40 40 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 60 60 26 Feb 2019

  1. Student will be advised of the due date for Assignment 1 & 2.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) 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.

  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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination 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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the bachelor of Human services (Honours) and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of the Australian Community Workers Association.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. 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 this 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 the same grades as those students who do possess them.