UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SMED4222 Service Learning Unit 1

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multimode
Content This is a foundational unit to prepare students for subsequent engagement in service learning. The unit discusses core concepts in service learning, including differentiating service learning from volunteering, describing civil society, looking at how not-for-profits work and how to work with them, investigating client focus and advocacy, and developing the capacity to work with diverse populations. It also addresses core project management skills so that students are ready to develop a project management document. Basic skills in surveys and focus groups are also covered so as to equip students for their service in the following year.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) engage with NGOs in a way that yields positive outcomes for the student and the host organisation; and (2) develop a reflective, cross-culturally appropriate approach to problems offered by the host organisation.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) online quizzes; (2) professional assessment; and (3) written work. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the professional assessment component of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Denese Playford
Unit rules
Prerequisites: IMED4211 Systems-based Learning 2
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/SMED4222/TS-C-2/2017
Note This unit is recognised by the University as a service learning unit. Service learning refers specifically to community engagement activities that are embedded in units of study, being structured and assessed as formal educational experiences.

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