HLTH12031 - Community Engaged Learning

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit 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.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 0%
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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

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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.

Source: Email from T3 Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Up to half of the students in T3 experienced transformative moments as a result of the volunteering and critical reflection they undertook throughout the term. Finding ways to encourage others to more deeply engage with the content of the unit remains a challenge.
Recommendation
Continue to engage with the students in the discussion forums.
Action Taken
Discussion forum engagement continued.
Source: Personal feedback from T2 Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Some students continue to have difficulty completing exercise 4.4 as it refers to work previously completed for exercise 2.7. The problem is that exercise 2.7 is not set in module 1.
Recommendation
Exercise 2.7 to be added to module 1.
Action Taken
Exercise 2.7 added to Module 1.
Source: Personal feedback from T2 Unit Coordinator
Feedback
Some students tend to pick volunteer experiences that suit their future employment.
Recommendation
Exercise 2.8 is to be added to module 1 as it sets the students the task of reflecting upon the type of community-based learning that suits them personally. This will encourage students to reflect on what they hope to learn from the experience with the partner organisation’s perspective included.
Action Taken
Exercise 2.8 added to Module 1.
Source: Discussion forum post
Feedback
Students were provided the opportunity to use their voluntary hours to undertake an overseas placement by joining a volunteer program to Nepal. Students who took up this opportunity found completing their placements overseas and learning about public health issues in a developing nation rewarding.
Recommendation
Continue to promote the opportunity for students to undertake the overseas experience, where possible, to meet the required 25 hours of volunteer service.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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
5 - Team Work
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 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio