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.


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.

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 22.22% response rate.

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: Student feedback
It has been suggested that maybe more could be done to get community partners for volunteer placements.
Currently engaging with NFP community organisations to identify industry partners who can offer future volunteer placements for our students.
Action Taken
Continue to encourage community partners to consider students enrolled in this unit for volunteering opportnities.
Source: Email from T3 Unit Coordinator
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.
Continue to engage with the students in the discussion forums.
Action Taken
Source: Personal feedback from T2 Unit Coordinator
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.
Exercise 2.7 to be added to module 1.
Action Taken
Source: Personal feedback from T2 Unit Coordinator
Some students tend to pick volunteer experiences that suit their future employment.
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
Unit learning Outcomes
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