Preparing for Professional Community Practice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Placement - Pass/Fail , Proposal - Placement proposal (40%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as COD324A Projects in Community Development.

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 required to complete 90 placement hours.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. enhanced communication skills, especially verbal presentation, including clear, concise and articulate presentations appropriate for different purposes;
  2. enhanced the ability to combine learning with practice by participating in some organisational activities during the placement;
  3. enhanced the ability to work within a collaborative team setting;
  4. enhanced participant observation skills by setting learning tasks that require the use of critical and analytical skills;
  5. enhanced recording and note-taking skills and the ability to draw on a range of sources for evaluation of practice.
  • Placement — Pass/Fail
  • Proposal — Placement proposal (40%)
  • Reflective Task — Placement reflection (60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COD324A — Projects in Community Development

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Includes Placement

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Workshop 1: Introduction
2Workshop 2: Placement approaches and objectives
3Workshop 3: Professional Practice
4Workshop 4: Mid-semester Review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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