Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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This course has been merged into the Bachelor of Arts course as a Major and new students wishing to study this can enrol and apply here Murdoch's Bachelor of Arts course page.

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Please Note: New students who wish to complete this course should go to Murdoch's Bachelor of Arts course page.

The Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) will give you valuable knowledge and understanding of the issues that affect community members and community groups.

It will provide you with a strong understanding of specific social institutions such as the family, work and the law, contemporary social issues such as social, gender and racial inequality, unemployment, health and welfare, social deviance and social control and how these affect people's lives in a community context.

If you want to be in high demand for your knowledge and understanding of community issues then Murdoch University's Community Development course is for you.

KNOWLEDGE

Students graduating with a Major in Community Development will be able to:

  • understand and evaluate literature written about community development
  • understand the scope and nature of community development as it is being carried out in a range of social, geographic, industry and cultural contexts
  • understand a range of social policy ‘governmentalities’ and approaches that shape contemporary work with community.

SKILLS

Students graduating with a Major in Community Development will have the skills to: 

  • use creative and professional styles and genres to write for a range of community audiences
  • develop a research plan to carry out a community survey, plan or participatory process
  • prepare a policy document for professional practice
  • prepare an applicaton for funding
  • use relevant technologies and techniques to encourage community participation and achieve a range of creative outcomes with community
  • Prepare written document on behalf of and in conjunction with community groups.

APPLICATION

Students graduating with a Major in Community Development will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  • interpret, communicate and present ideas in (or in relation to) a variety of community contexts to a range of audiences
  • work collaboratively and independently in the range of settings to respond to project demands and community groups
  • reflect, skeptically and creatively, on the social, ethical and political context that confronts professional practice
  • function with creativity, innovation, elegence and cross-cultural dexterity to the many needs, demands and opportunities confronting the communities with whom they work.

This degree aims to develop your skills and abilities in communication, critical thinking, ethics and social justice as well as developing more specific knowledge related to Community Development.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Community Development will be suitable candidates for a wide range of careers in community services and welfare groups, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent

OR

ONE of the following:

1. School Leavers (ATAR/OP)

School leavers gain an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) from four course subjects completed during Year 12, or OP (Overall Positions) in Queensland.
To apply to Murdoch University after Year 12, you must achieve English competency and have achieved your WA Certificate of Education (WACE) or its interstate equivalent along with the ATAR (or OP) relevant for your chosen course.

An ATAR of 70.00 or higher (or a Queensland Overall Position of 14 or less) is required for admission to a Commonwealth Support Place in this course.

To demonstrate English language competency you will need a scaled mark of at least 50 in one of:

  • WACE English 2A/2B or higher, or
  • WACE English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) 2A/2B or higher, or
  • WACE Literature 2A/2B or higher.

If you have been educated outside of WA, you will need to demonstrate an equivalent level of English language competency (as assessed in your home state), or meet any of the English language Requirements as stated on the Murdoch website. Other than English competency Murdoch has no prerequisite subjects for any of its degrees.

OR

2. Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

STAT is a national test for mature age people designed to assess aptitude for learning in a tertiary environment. It is not a test of your knowledge on specific academic subjects. It is recognised in all Australian states. You must achieve a minimum of 140 in the Written English and 135 in the Qualitative or Multiple Choice sections of the STAT to gain entry to Murdoch.

OR

3. Transferring from another course or university

If you have successfully completed university studies equivalent to at least one semester at Murdoch University (12 Murdoch credit points) you can apply to transfer to Murdoch University using your previous studies. To be eligible for the course, you need to have passed units to a high standard and may be required to provide a personal statement upon application.

OR

4. Vocational Education and Training (VET)

If you have successfully completed a Certificate IV or higher you can apply for admission into a Commonwealth Support Place.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

To get the most from this course, students are recommended to follow these steps:

LEVEL 1 (total of 24 points)

  • Complete the Transition and Breadth units - BAR100 and BAR150 (6 points)
  • Complete three Part I core units (9 points)
  • Complete three Level 1 General Electives from any OUA unit (9 points)

LEVEL 2 (total of 24 points)

  • Complete the Research Skills unit - BAR200 (3 points)
  • Complete one Breadth Unit from the list (3 points)
  • Complete two Part II (Level 2) core units (6 points)
  • Complete one Part II (Level 2) specified elective unit (3 points)
  • Complete three Level 2 or 3 General Electives from any OUA unit (9 points)

LEVEL 3 (total of 24 points)

  • Complete the Research Skills unit - BAR300 (3 points)
  • Complete one Breadth Unit from the list ( 3 points)
  • Complete three Part II (Level 3) core units (9 points)
  • Complete three Level 2 or 3 General Electives from any OUA unit (9 points)

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) at Murdoch University, students must complete 72 credit points (24 units).

The Murdoch Degree Framework

(72 Points of Credit:  24 points at Part I, 48 points at Part II)

A Murdoch University degree is structured around four key elements:

• transition to university,
• research skills,
• breadth of knowledge, and
• depth of knowledge (the chosen Major).

Degree Structures

Murdoch’s degree structures combine all the required elements to make a student knowledgeable, experienced, confident and successful within a chosen career:

Each level of an undergraduate degree requires 24 credit points, the equivalent of a year of full-time study.  Taking a combined degree introduces additional credit point requirements to your qualification.

Transition to University

Each degree includes a transition unit, helping students develop the key academic skills to succeed in a chosen field. Students entering Murdoch with advanced standing will still be required to complete this unit or demonstrate achievement of the unit’s learning outcomes.

Research Skills

Second and third year units focus on the research skills relevant to the chosen degree.  Research, communication and problem solving abilities are highly valued by employers, so we aim to ‘future proof’ your education with skills for undertaking life-long learning.

These skills involve:

• Identifying research
• Using appropriate methodology to find, record and organise research data;
• Critically evaluating and interpreting available information;
• Managing the research process and organising information;
• Communicating research findings with the appropriate language and context.

Breadth of Knowledge

Often, the best solutions appear when people apply knowledge in new ways or work with a team to bring different skills together. Breadth studies introduces students to knowledge outside a chosen discipline, teaching students to understand how others think and solve problems.

For detailed information go to this website: http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/

Majors

Level 1

Core Units – 6 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills (Transition Unit)
BAR150 Ideas & Identity (Breadth Unit)

Core Units – 9 credit points
COD125: Introduction to Community Development
SOC134: Introduction to Sociology
SUS100 Introduction to Sustainable Development

Level 2

Core Units – 6 credit points

BAR200 Developing Research Skills
Plus one of the following Murdoch University Breadth Units: 

  • BRD202 Drugs in Society
  • BRD251 Wellbeing
  • BRD209 Creativity and Innovation
  • POL226 Sex and Gender Matters
  • AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
  • ENV245 Global and Regional Sustainability
  • ASN288 Women in Asian Societies
  • PHL209 Metaphors of Mind
  • REL101 World Religions

You may complete more than one Murdoch Breadth unit (as general electives)

Core Units – 6 credit points
COD201 Community Work Across Sites Settings & Peoples
COD214 Community and Social Policy 

Level 3

Core Units – 6 credit point
s
BAR300 Bachelor of Arts Research Skills
Plus one of the following Murdoch University Breadth Units not yet completed: 

  • BRD202 Drugs in Society
  • BRD251 Wellbeing
  • BRD209 Creativity and Innovation
  • POL226 Sex and Gender Matters
  • AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
  • ENV245 Global and Regional Sustainability
  • ASN288 Women in Asian Societies
  • PHL209 Metaphors of Mind
  • REL101 World Religions

Core Units – 9 credit points
SUS310 Sustainable Urban Communities
COD303 Preparing for Professional Community Practice
COD302 Creative Ways to Work with Community

Please Note: Units which appear in a major and the breadth unit list may only be counted towards the requirements of the major. 

Electives

Part I  (Level 1)

General Electives – 9 credit points
Select from any 100 level units offered by OUA,subject to individual unit prerequisites.  Students who are considering a second major are advised to consider using General Elective points (from Murdoch offerings) to meet the requirements of a second major.

Part II (Level 2)

General Electives – 9 credit points

In addition to one core 200 level Murdoch University Breadth Unit you are encouraged to complete additional Murdoch 200 level Breadth units as general electives.

Select from any 200 or 300 level units offered by OUA,subject to individual unit prerequisites.  Students who are considering a second major are advised to consider using General Elective points (from Murdoch offerings) to meet the requirements of a second major.

Specified Electives - 3 credit points
Select from the following:

AIS204 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
SUS207 Overseas Aid & International Development

Part II (Level 3)

In addition to one core 200 level Murdoch University Breadth Unit you are encouraged to complete additional Murdoch 200 level Breadth units as general electives.

General Electives – 9 credit points
Select from any 200 or 300 level units offered by OUA,subject to individual unit prerequisites.  Students who are considering a second major are advised to consider using General Elective points (from Murdoch offerings) to meet the requirements of a second major.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Learning Skills
BAR100 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Ideas and Identity
BAR150 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Community Development
COD125 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Sustainable Development
SUS100 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Sociology
SOC134 Murdoch - SP2 SP3 -

General Electives (3 units) - Select from any 100 level units offered by OUA, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students who are considering a second major are advised to consider using General Elective points (from Murdoch offerings) to meet the requirements of a second major.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Developing Research Skills and Methods
BAR200 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Drugs in Society
BRD2021 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Wellbeing
BRD2511 Murdoch SP1 SP2 - SP4
Creativity and Innovation
BRD2091 Murdoch - SP2 SP3 -
Global and Regional Sustainability
ENV2451 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Indigenous Australia and the Nation
AIS2041 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Sex and Gender Matters
POL2261 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Women in Asian Societies
ASN2881 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Metaphors of Mind
PHL2091 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
World Religions
REL1011 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -

1 You MUST complete one of these Breadth units as Core. You may choose to complete more than one as elective units.

Please Note: Units which appear in a major and the breadth unit list may only be counted towards the requirements of the major. If a student completes REL101 as breadth unit for Level 2 or Level 3, the credit points will be counted in Part I points total. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Total number of units to complete: 5 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Community Work Across Sites, Settings and Peoples
COD201 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Community and Social Policy
COD214 Murdoch SP1 SP2 - -

General Electives (3 units) - Select from any 200 or 300 level units offered by OUA, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students who are considering a second major are advised to consider using General Elective points (from Murdoch offerings) to meet the requirements of a second major.

Complete 1 unit from the following 2 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Indigenous Australia and the Nation
AIS204 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Overseas Aid and International Development
SUS207 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -

1 AIS204 replaced the retired unit AIS234 Our Mob: Indigenous Community Engagement. Students who have completed AIS234 will have it counted towards their degree.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Advanced Research in the Arts
BAR300 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Drugs in Society
BRD2021 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Wellbeing
BRD2511 Murdoch SP1 SP2 - SP4
Creativity and Innovation
BRD2091 Murdoch - SP2 SP3 -
Global and Regional Sustainability
ENV2451 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Indigenous Australia and the Nation
AIS2041 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Sex and Gender Matters
POL2261 Murdoch - - SP3 SP4
Women in Asian Societies
ASN2881 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
Metaphors of Mind
PHL2091 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -
World Religions
REL1011 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -

1 You MUST complete one of these Breadth units not yet completed for Level 3. You may choose to complete more than one as elective units.

Please Note: Units which appear in a major and the breadth unit list may only be counted towards the requirements of the major. If a student completes REL101 as breadth unit for Level 2 or Level 3, the credit points will be counted in Part I points total. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Sustainable Urban Communities
SUS310 Murdoch SP1 SP2 - -
Creative Ways to Work with Community
COD302 Murdoch - SP2 SP3 -
Preparing for Professional Community Practice
COD303 Murdoch SP1 - SP3 -

General Electives (3 units) - Select from any 200 or 300 level units offered by OUA, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students who are considering a second major are advised to consider using General Elective points (from Murdoch offerings) to meet the requirements of a second major.

Students may be eligible for credit for previous studies.

When applying for credit, students will need to provide documentation, including original transcripts of academic records or certified copies, unit outlines and an explanation of the grading system.

This must be sent to the Open Universities Support Office at Murdoch University. Please note that credit cannot be gained for subjects completed more than 10 years ago.

To obtain an Application for Advanced Standing Form, please download it from this website:

http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/Forms/

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

Find out more about
FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

Changes to Bachelor of Arts courses at Murdoch University in 2015

This advice is about changes to Murdoch University’s BA courses in 2015 and how this affects you as a student intending to complete a Murdoch BA.

Murdoch’s commitment to you:

  • Murdoch will honour its commitments to you as a Murdoch student.
  • You will not be disadvantaged by the changes to the curriculum.
  • Murdoch will actively manage your progress and provide study-planning support.

The significant changes are:

  • In 2015, 100 level units will remain unchanged at 3 points.
  • In 2015, Part II units will progressively move from four points to three points: Some 200 level units previously offered at 4 points will become 3 point units, and in 2016 all remaining units previously offered at 4 points will become 3 point units.
  • In 2015 some units will be retired and some new units will be created, but you will not be disadvantaged by any of the changes.
  • If you are beginning your studies in 2015, you should follow the 2015 course structure.
  • If you have completed only a small number of units in your course, you can transition into the new 2015 course structure, gaining credit for units already completed.
  • If you are well advanced in your course, you can continue to follow the course structure you have followed until now and will probably do a mix of 4 and 3-point units to finish your course.
  • Whether you have completed a small number of units or you are well advanced in your studies, you will not be disadvantaged in terms of fees and the points required to graduate.  Your Academic Chair is there to ensure this, and to assist you in developing your study plan through to graduation.

If you have any queries about any of these changes, you can ask a question in Murdoch’s ‘MyAnswers’, providing your student number and identifying your course (or intended course).

You may also directly contact the Academic Chair of the course in which you wish to graduate.

Academic Chair: Dr David Palmer - D.Palmer@Murdoch.edu.au / Tel: +61 8 93602288

For more transition arrangement information, please go to this Murdoch website:

http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OUA/

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