This unit is the first Community-Based Research unit, which is followed by Community Based Research (Part 2) Students are required to enter into a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contract relating to a community development project or program in an agency. The contract is negotiated between the university supervisor, agency supervisor and student, and specifies learning objectives and strategies in three areas: conceptual and policy; practical skills; and personal development. Students are required to participate in a number of key phases and activities of the program or project and write an assignment that outlines the processes and outcomes of the project. 

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
24
Unit code:
ASA6005

Prerequisites

AAA5002 - Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Implement the skills and knowledge acquired in their international community development studies in a professional setting;  
  2. Assess 10 core competencies valued by employers across industries (personal management; communication; information management; research & analysis; project, task & organisational skills; teamwork; commitment to quality; professional behaviour; social responsibility; continuous learning);  
  3. Design, plan and implement a community development project in an organisational environment (either in a community-based, regional, governmental or international setting) with reference to achieving strategic outcomes;  
  4. Anticipate risks and suggest mitigating measures; and  
  5. Critically reflect on research experience.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Field activity proposal 30%
Journal Learning journal 20%
Assignment Community Based Project Research Project proposal and plan. 50%

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