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Community Engagement (Charles Darwin University SBI401) (OTH546)
|Organisational Unit||Agricultural Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S2
|Description||This unit investigates the role of social partnerships and community engagement in the management of plant biosecurity, where 'the community' may include international, national, regional scales of engagement and government, industry and public sectors. Learning focuses on analysis of how social structures augment understanding and action for biosecurity management, and on the importance of consultation and authentic engagement for effective practice. This unit is offered by Charles Darwin University. Please refer to the Charles Darwin University unit catalogue http://www.cdu.edu.au/|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||1. Analyse the stakeholders and their roles, in an environmental and biosecurity management setting.
2. Evaluate a community's capacity for engagement in an environmental or biosecurity management problem.
3. Evaluate and apply tools for appropriate engagement of a community and stakeholders in an environmental or biosecurity management setting.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical basis for community engagement.
5. Communicate strategies for effective community engagement for management of biosecurity and natural resources, in written and oral formats.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||There are no compulsory scheduled weekly activities for external students. All students are expected to work on the weekly schedule of learning activities provided in the online Learnline materials. All students are encouraged to post to online Discussion Board threads, to support their learning.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit requires you to critically review a diverse literature on community engagement practice and theory, while also reflecting on community engagement in applied settings, such as your place of work. You will then apply the understanding gained from this inquiry to case studies in biosecurity management. The learning materials include a unit content web site through which you can access introductory text to key topics, citations for key readings, and links to key resources, including agency web sites. The unit is structured around the key topics of 'Community', 'Ethical Practice' and 'Engagement'. You are advised to work through topics according to the weekly schedule of readings and activities provided via CDUs's learning management system, Learnline. Learnline will also be used to post announcements, participate in online discussion boards and online meetings, and access academic support materials.
As a 3 credit point unit, students are expected to complete 10 hours of study per week. This study may include working through unit learning materials, reading commended text books and other readings, private research, completion of assignments, participating in online discussion or individual appointments with the lecturer.
|Other Learning Experiences||There are no compulsory scheduled weekly activities for external students. All students are expected to work on the weekly schedule of learning activities provided in the online Learnline materials. All students are encouraged to post to online Discussion Board threads, to support their learning.|
|Assessment||You are required to complete four (4) assignments in this unit.
Students are encouraged to base Assignment 1 on their work place or professional context. Alternatively, case studies are provided in the learning materials. Assignment 2 assists in preparation for Assignment 3. Assignment 4 provides an opportunity to integrate learning during the semester, and may be based on the work place or a professional context.
|Prerequisites||Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Plant Biosecurity or Master of Plant Biosecurity or Master of Biosecurity.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|