Bachelor of Community Services

Why study the Bachelor of Community Services at UNE?

The Bachelor of Community Services is designed to attract applicants wishing to begin a career in community health, in addition to applicants already working in a broad range of roles in diverse health and community-related settings. The course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to optimise effective practice in multi-disciplinary health-related community settings and health care facilities. It aims to promote students' understanding of the societal contexts in which they work, their legal and ethical responsibilities, and associated development of skills in analysis and problem solving.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the following:

Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association (www.aicafmha.net.au)

Australian Association of Gerontology (www.aag.asn.au)

Australian Diabetes Society (www.diabetessociety.com.au)

Australian Disease Management Association (www.adma.org.au)

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Career Opportunities

Community Services Case Manager, Community Services Coordinator or Aboriginal Community Care worker in a range of settings and organisations involving community work, community development and care services, volunteer programs, residential facilities, correctional facilities, group homes, community agencies and government departments.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 10 years Part-time
2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time

FEES

Commonwealth Supported Place

2016 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation BCommunServ
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 10 years Part-time
  • 2 or 2.5 or 3 Years Full-time
Fees Commonwealth Supported Place
Total Credit Points 144
Intensive Schools

There are no mandatory intensive schools in the Bachelor of Community Services.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services (Case Management); or

(b) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services Coordination; or

(c) hold an AQF level 5 Diploma in Community Services Work; or

(d) hold an AQF level 5 Diploma in Leisure and Health; or

(e) hold at least an AQF level 5 Qualification in an approved Health related discipline; or

(f) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Additional Requirements

All students must complete a Working with Children Check application. http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Assessment tasks for some units require students to apply theoretical concepts by spending a minimum of 20 hours in a workplace context. Depending upon the Admission Rule and the Major selected, students may need to gain up to 240 hours of experience in an appropriate workplace over the duration of their candidature. Students are expected to organise their own work placements; those who are already working in health or community services may be able to complete these requirements in their usual workplace. For students who are not currently working in health or community services, 'Workplace context' and 'workplace experience' can cover a wide range of situations, such as:

formal classroom settings;

tutorial groups;

clinical placement;

simulation lab sessions;

clinical lab sessions;

group settings such as childcare, playgroups, youth groups and church groups;

casual, part time or volunteer work (not restricted to healthcare settings);

Senior First Aid courses;

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Similar principles including leadership, teamwork, communication, social justice and transcultural considerations apply across these contexts.

Students who are uncertain about how to fulfill the workplace context requirements for assessment tasks can discuss this with the Course Coordinator prior to enrolment, or with their Unit Coordinator after enrolment.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rules (a), (b), (c) and (d) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (e) shall be granted a maximum of 36 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Academic Colours

Peony Red (BCC37)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Bachelor of Community Services in 2016.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services (Case Management); or
(b) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services Coordination; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Community Services Work; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma in Leisure and Health; or
(e) hold at least an AQF Level 5 qualification in an approved Health related discipline; or
(f) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

To view complete list of approved AQF qualifications for entry under Rule (e) - List AQF qualifications click here.

Additional Requirements

All students must complete a Working with Children Check application.
http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rules (a), (b), (c) and (d) shall be granted a maximum of 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.
Candidates admitted under Rule (e) shall be granted a maximum of 36 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Period of Candidature

1. For candidates admitted under Rule (a), (b), (c) and (d) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

2. For candidates admitted under Rule (e) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

3. For candidates admitted under Rule (f) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) three years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to ten years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 144 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 96 cps
Total 144 cps

Aboriginal Community Care
Case Management

For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 96 cps
Total 144 cps

Aboriginal Community Care
Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 96 cps
Total 144 cps

Aboriginal Community Care
Case Management
Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (d)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Major 96 cps
Total 144 cps

Aboriginal Community Care
Case Management
Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (e)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 36 cps
Major 108 cps
Total 144 cps

Aboriginal Community Care
Case Management
Services Coordination

For candidates admitted under Rule (f)
Course Structure Credit Points
Major 144 cps
Total 144 cps

Aboriginal Community Care

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements and who have completed one major shall be awarded the Bachelor of Community Services in one of the following: Aboriginal Community Care, Case Management or Services Coordination.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

Course Aims

The course builds on the workplace based skills candidates have developed as a result of previously completed AQF Level 5 qualifications in a range of Health, Community Services and related fields. Candidates may also enter the course without prior qualifications in health or community services, undertaking the Aboriginal Community Care major. The course develops breadth and depth of contextual knowledge and associated skills required for employment and career progression as Community Development workers, Case Managers or Services Coordinators in a range of healthcare settings.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. gather, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources and apply this to facilitate use of human and financial resources to achieve optimal outcomes at an individual and organisational level in a range of health sector and community settings;
  2. apply a range of communication and problem solving skills in interprofessional and/or transcultural health contexts to meet organisational and individual requirements and manage change;
  3. devise, coordinate and monitor innovative, socially inclusive and culturally appropriate strategies to engage individual and group clients and professional colleagues in a range of health and community sector settings; and
  4. apply specific knowledge and skills characteristic of selected majors in Services Coordination or Case Management to take leadership roles in a range of health and community sector contexts.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Community Services as a collective discipline is taught from theoretical foundations through application in practice from a range of perspectives and across a range of contexts. Graduates will also develop discipline-specific knowledge and skills in Aboriginal Community Care, Services Coordination or Case Management. Graduates will have been assessed on both generalised and specific knowledge through completion of a variety of assessment tasks. Transcultural awareness and associated culturally competent practice are taught as underpinning theory and contextualised in practice across a range of community services settings. Global perspective as this applies to professional practice is assessed as a focus in specific course units and as a part of modules within a range of units throughout the course.

Communication Skills

Communication is taught, assessed and practised as a fundamental component of community services work. Students develop written, verbal and non-verbal interpersonal and inter-professional communication skills built upon strong theoretical foundations through sequential completion of coursework units having professional communication as their focus. Students' communication skills are developed progressively throughout the course and encompass generalised and specialised knowledge and skills appropriate for communicating with clients, co-workers, a range of interdisciplinary health professionals and members of the community.

Problem Solving

Problem solving skills are taught progressively throughout the course. Students apply problem solving skills to case and workplace based scenarios which form the basis of a range of assessment tasks. Graduates are equipped with a breadth and depth of problem solving skills enabling them to undertake services coordination and/or case management roles in the community sector.

Information Literacy

Graduates will have been taught how to recognise relevant information and use appropriate media, tools and methodologies to locate, access, analyse and apply this information. As a focus of specific units and as an aspect of a number of others throughout the course, students are assessed on the development of their capacity to critically evaluate information and its sources and apply information critically and appropriately.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Ethical conduct and social responsibility are the focus of specialised course units as well as being unifying themes throughout the course. Students are taught both generalised and context specific legal and ethical principles and the applications of these to Aboriginal Community Care, Case Management or Services Coordination in the community sector. Social responsibility is the focus of a number of unit assessment tasks and a component of a range of others.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have developed the knowledge and skills to apply their learning to a range of contexts, and to adapt to change from both within and from outside their workplace or organisation. These skills are taught as a focus of specific course units and as components of a number of others, and are assessed and practised through a range of case based activities. Graduates will have the capacity to apply these skills in an ongoing and self-reflective capacity throughout their professional and personal lives.

Independence and Collaboration

Working independently and as a member of a team are taught as fundamental skills in community services contexts. Independent and collaborative skills are developed progressively as a focus of specific course units and as components of a range of other units throughout the course. Independent and collaborative work is practised in a range of workplace and related or simulated contexts beginning with theoretical foundations and progressing to more complex, case based scenarios.

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