HLTH12031 - Community Engaged Learning
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Volunteering provides an opportunity to develop civic awareness and participation as well as developing personal skills of self-understanding, discretion and learning to work with others.This unit allows students to engage with communities in a way that encourages them to use their volunteering experiences to promote a deeper understanding of community as well as their role within their communities as professionals upon graduation. It encourages students to understand the theory that underpins volunteering activities and to apply this thinking to their own experiences. Students are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 25 hours with a community agency.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 48 credit points.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment Pass/Fail
2. Portfolio 10%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Portfolio 65%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
It would have been good to have less exercises to complete for each model. Course Evaluation Response The student was talking about the formative portfolio exercises. Taking this into account it was thought acceptable to lessen the number of activities completed as part of the formative portfolios. This minor change had no real impact on the assessment.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate the role volunteering plays in building communities.
  2. Apply the theory associated with volunteering in a community setting.
  3. Realistically reflect on learning resulting from volunteering experiences.
  4. Demonstrate communication and culturally competent skills and knowledge appropriate to the volunteer experience.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy        
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence  
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Portfolio        
3 - Written Assessment        
4 - Portfolio    

Prescribed Textbooks

Learning through serving
Author/s: Cress, CM, Collier, PJ & Reitenauer, VL Year: 2013
Edition: 2nd edn Publisher: Stylus
City: Sterling State: VA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Learning through serving: This textbook is also available as a free eBook via CQUniversity Library

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDale Trott (d.trott@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Module 1: Preparation for community experience

Chapters 1, 2 & 3 of your text
Week 2 13-03-2017
Volunteer placement negotiation Due Friday (17 Mar 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 2: Establishing community experience

Chapters 4 & 5 of your text
Week 4 27-03-2017
Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 3: Learning from community experience

Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 of your text

Formative Portfolio Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 4: Reflecting on and evaluating community experience

Chapters 11, 12, 13 & 14 of your text

Week 8 01-05-2017
Essay Due Friday (05 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017
Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017
Portfolio Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Volunteer placement negotiation
Task Description

Objectives

This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes numbers 3 & 4.

Details

For this assessment you will need to negotiate to participate in at least 25 hours of volunteer experience with a community-based organisation. If you are not sure that what you would like to do meets these requirements, you should discuss your placement with your lecturer. The negotiation will involve completion of a Volunteer Experience Negotiation form, provided on Moodle, in collaboration with the community organisation. As part of the negotiation process, you will also need to complete a CQUniversity Risk Assessment form. Both forms must be submitted as part of this assessment task. University Insurance cover will not be valid unless your negotiation and risk assessment forms have been completed and approved by your unit coordinator and you must achieve a passing grade for this task before you commence your volunteer experience.
Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (17-Mar-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 3 Friday (24-Mar-2017)
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Students have successfully:

  • Negotiated a volunteer experience; and
  • Completed a risk assessment.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Must obtain a pass grade to be eligible to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit to Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Apply the theory associated with volunteering in a community setting.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Formative Portfolio
Task Description

Objective

This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes numbers 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Details

You are required to undertake a number of prescribed activities allocated from your text, Modules 1 & 2, i.e. identified on Moodle. You must complete and submit these activities in a Q&A format as your Formative Portfolio (the tasks to be completed are identified in Moodle).

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Submit to Moodle
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The Formative Portfolio will be awarded a grade based on the level of thought and effort applied in responding to the set activities, i.e. 1% minimal thought to 5% deep thought.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the role volunteering plays in building communities.

2. Apply the theory associated with volunteering in a community setting.

3. Realistically reflect on learning resulting from volunteering experiences.

4. Demonstrate communication and culturally competent skills and knowledge appropriate to the volunteer experience.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Essay
Task Description

Objective

This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes numbers 1, 2 & 4.

Details

Write a 1500 word essay that evaluates the role of volunteering in building communities. Contrast the benefits and risks associated with service learning units for undergraduate students.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The marking criteria for this essay will be based on the following components:

  • Benefits (5%)
  • Risks (5%)
  • Evaluation (5%)
  • Quality of evidence (5%)
  • Structure and communication (5%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the role volunteering plays in building communities.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

Objective

This assessment item relates to the unit learning outcomes numbers 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Details

The Portfolio provides an overview of your key learning for the term to provide you with a better understanding of your voluntary experience.

Your Portfolio must include:

  1. A critical reflection - a first person reflection on your voluntary experience. Your reflection should refer to your civic engagement in the context of all prescribed activities from the text, connecting these activities with your voluntary experience. Your reflection can be a written paper (2000 words), a video or audio production (15-20 minutes in length) or another negotiated format; and
  2. An appendix - including all prescribed activities from Modules 1-4 in a Q&A format (Modules 1 & 2 revised taking into consideration the feedback provided on your Formative portfolio and completed activities for Modules 3 & 4).
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results for final assessment are released following Certification of grades.
Weighting 65%
Assessment Criteria

The final Portfolio will be marked according to the following criteria:

  • Application of theoretical constructs to community learning experience (25%);
  • Reflection on unit content and relevance to service experience (20%); and
  • Communication and cultural competence (20%).
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this assessment and the unit overall students must obtain a minimum of 45% of the grade for this assessment.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Evaluate the role volunteering plays in building communities.

2. Apply the theory associated with volunteering in a community setting.

3. Realistically reflect on learning resulting from volunteering experiences.

4. Demonstrate communication and culturally competent skills and knowledge appropriate to the volunteer experience.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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