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Preparing for Professional Community Practice (COD303)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This placement unit gives students the opportunity to examine how ideas and practice interconnect. The primary part of this unit requires students to undertake a placement within an organisation that undertakes community-based work. Students will be encouraged to look, listen and consider the linkages between theory and practice by going 'into the field' and reflecting on the process of working within the community. Students are given support to find and negotiate a suitable placement, and required to complete 90 placement hours.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Application of concepts and theoretical ideas to the study of organisations that draw on notions of 'community'.
2. Comparing, contrasting and reviewing organisational practice with literature on sociology and community development.
3. Observing in depth the processes and practices of one organisation that draws on notions of 'community'.
4. Contributing to an organisation's activities by negotiating to carry out a series of practical tasks in an organisational setting.
5. Extending student's knowledge of organisations involved in community development initiatives.
6. Enhancing communication skills, including encouraging clear, concise and articulate presentation appropriate for different purposes.
7. Enhancing the ability to combine learning with practice by participating in some organisational activities during the placement.
8. Enhancing the ability to work within a collaborative team setting.
9. Enhancing participant observation skills by setting learning tasks that require the use of critical and analytical skills
Timetabled Learning Activities Seven three-hour workshops for internal students and recordings, PowerPoint presentations and reading material for online students.
Unit Learning Experiences Students are offered reading material, access to workshops and a chance to carry out a short placement or project with a community organisation. In conjunction with the unit coordinator they will negotiate this project, report on their activities and undertake a reflective assessment. The learning approach adopted is strongly shaped by inductive and experiential traditions where people carry out a circle of planning, action and reflection with reading.
Other Learning Experiences Written assignments, reading, viewing of practice examples and reflection on writing for community development
Assessment The assessments are designed to give students the opportunity to prepare thoughtfully for their placement, as well as providing a vehicle for active reflection on their learning.

Completion of 90 hour placement (pass/fail)
Placement proposal and documentation (40%)
Placement reflection (60%)
Prerequisites Nil.
Notes Students are required to undertake a placement of 90 hours within a chosen organisation. This can be done full time in one block or spread over a longer time, depending on student circumstances and the availability of a suitable placement.
Students are required to organise their own placement, and must complete documentation to have their placement approved by the unit co-ordinator.
Students will be given suggestions and ideas about types of placements that may be available and how to go about gaining one. In the past, students have undertaken a wide variety of placements, including in local government authorities, community arts centres, environmental education centres, state government departments, migrant resource centres, schools, youth support agencies, community service organisations and many more.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Community Development (BA)
English and Creative Writing (BA)
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Philosophy (BA)
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch 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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Kylie Hosking
Associate Lecturer in Community Development

e: K.Hosking@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Kylie Hosking
Associate Lecturer in Community Development

e: K.Hosking@murdoch.edu.au
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