Projects in Community Development

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
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About this unit

Projects in Community Development is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Murdoch University. Through allowing you to embark on a community development placement, the unit’s core aim is to give you first-hand experience of the complex interactions between theory and practice. You will engage in creating presentations, as well as work in a collaborative team setting.

To begin with, you will think through the various possibilities enabled through community development, before examining the practicalities of work placement. Following this, you will write a central report outlining what you have learned, before engaging in self-reflexive evaluation.

Ultimately, Projects in Community Development equips you with a practical understanding of how projects in this field run, and the ability to work on more after you have graduated. Furthermore, you will also get to see how the theories you have studied in the past make a material difference in the real world.

Practical work placement

This unit requires students to complete 120 placement hours in an organisation that uses the language and ideas of community development.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed any unit deemed academically equivalent.

To be eligible for this unit, you must have completed 18 credit points at level 1 before enrolling.

Areas of study

In this Projects in Community Development unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Thinking through possibilities
  • Word placement practicalities I
  • Word placement practicalities II
  • Wordplace review: debriefing
  • Report writing
  • Reflective practice

Course pathways

This unit is not a requirement in any course.

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Although theory and language are of prime significance in the community development area, theoretical knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. In order to make a meaningful difference in a community, you need to understand how these theories work in the real world, and the practical obstacles that appear along the way. Moreover, as this unit requires you to prepare a report, you will learn the rigorous research process you need to undertake to secure funding for your own community development projects in the future.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Projects in Community Development from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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