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CDS1000 Community Welfare and Development

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Community Welfare &Development
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 : 090515 - Welfare Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Aastha Malhotra

Other requisites

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

Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic assessment and submission elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should upload their assignments using the on-campus computer laboratories. External students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission. External students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus. This needs to be requested at least one week before access is required.


The Social and Community Services Industry encompasses a large number of government and non-government human service organisations delivering a broad range of services and programs. Current trends within the industry highlight greater demand for accountability, increased competition for funding, and effective management, liaison, public relations and advocacy.


CDS1000 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 community work in the Social and Community Services Industry (SACS). The course provides students with the opportunity to engage in identifying, examining and refining collaborative responses to issues affecting marginalised groups locally, regionally, nationally and globally.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. define community development and distinguish it from other methods used to respond to marginalised groups;
  2. analyse social, economic, cultural and political contexts as they pertain to SACS;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the role and scope of non-government organisations in society;
  4. prepare submissions, access resources, design publicity, develop lobbying strategies, recruit and utilise volunteers and develop practical solutions to address community problems;
  5. identify and evaluate strategies appropriate to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of community development programs and services in local, regional and international contexts;
  6. demonstrate oral and written communication skills in the analysis and discussion of key principles and issues of community development;
  7. demonstrate ethical research and enquiry skills by accessing resources for use in course assessment and adhering to norms of academic integrity.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Community Development Theory 20.00
2. Community Development Models 20.00
3. Community Development in Australia 20.00
4. Community Development Principles 20.00
5. Community Development in Practice 20.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Kenny, S 2016, Developing communities for the future community development in Australia, 5th edn, Nelson Thomson Learning Australia, South Melbourne.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Online Tutorials 12.00
Private Study 69.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 100 50 20 Apr 2020
Assignment 2 100 50 29 May 2020

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:
    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 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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

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. Please note that assignments deemed by the examiner and/or moderator to be based on the same or similar work, including area of disadvantage, case and/or organisation, used in an earlier iteration of this course cannot be reused and will be returned with a grade of zero in the event it is submitted.

Date printed 19 June 2020