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Unit Overview


Students learn basic social research techniques that will equip them to engage in impact studies in partnership with community based organisations. In negotiation with these organisations, students identify an issue that the community-based group wishes to explore, such as a needs based analysis or a program evaluation, and conduct the necessary data collection and analysis and present the organisation with a report.

As a service learning exercise the objectives of this unit are to (1) integrate participation in a real world community service experience with guided reflection on the civic ethos of that experience; and (2) combine community service with educational processes and objectives so that the service is beneficial to both the recipient and the provider.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) employ appropriate research skills to evaluate the community problem; (2) demonstrate the ability to critically think and problem solve by utilising diverse data sources; (3) demonstrate a range of oral and written communication skills appropriate for varying audiences; (4) demonstrate productive teamwork attributes and skills including leadership, organisation, negotiation and responsibility; and (5) utilise reflective practice to develop a deeper understanding of reciprocal community engagement and service.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group impact report; (2) group presentation; (3) individual community partner report; and (4) individual learning blog. 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the group impact report component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lee Partridge
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
SVLG1001 Fundamentals of Service Learning
or SVLG1002 McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship (formerly Service Learning Experience)
Approved quota: 40—academic merit, results achieved in SVLG1001 Fundamentals of Service Learning, and/or SVLG1002 Service Learning Experience
Contact hours
blended learning: 30 hours
working in community research setting: 60 hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.