Unit Description:
This unit builds on the fundamental concepts of the community services framework. It examines the
community development’s conceptual approach to building active and sustainable communities in
order to enhance community social economic and environmental objectives. A community
development approach can be applied to many different areas including health, education,
employment, enterprise development, infrastructure and town planning. This unit examines the
values, principles and practical skills of capacity building. Furthermore, students will learn models of
innovative community development programs including, public housing, disadvantaged groups, rural
areas and Aboriginal communities.
Course Learning Outcomes:
The course learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Community Services course are designed to align
with the Australian Quality Framework specifications for Bachelor’s degrees (AQF Level 7). On
completion of the degree, graduates will have achieved these learning outcomes in the following
CLO1 Demonstrate broad knowledge of a range of community services theories and
CLO2 Develop an appreciation for the legal framework in which organisations and
communities operate.
CLO3 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge within specialist counselling areas including, alcohol
and other drugs, youth, family and mental health.
CLO4 Develop and apply an understanding of human diversity, including culture, gender, age,
ability, class, religion and sexuality.
CLO5 Critically review, analyse, and evaluate knowledge in community services theories and
CLO6 Integrate and apply knowledge of community services professional practice and
competencies within appropriate ethical and professional standards.
CLO7 Apply critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems in case
management interventions.
CLO8 Demonstrate advanced counselling and communication skills in dealing with clients and
other professionals.