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Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 1
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Unit Outline
BESC3091: Project 2
Unit description
In Project 2, students will identify a topic of interest they would like to explore further,
with the aim of identifying an opportunity for program development. This unit builds on
the skills developed in Project 1. Students will undertake a literature review on their
chosen topic to identify potential needs. With these needs in mind, students will develop
a project plan to meet the needs of the target community. Students are required to
present their project ideas to their peers at the conclusion of the unit.
Course(s) Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci)
Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns)
Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) (BCounsCo)
Core / Elective Core
Pre-requisite/s BESC3081 Project 1
Workload (hours per week) 9
Credit points 6
Unit learning outcomes
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
a) source and systematically organise information from the literature relevant to the
target community and program of choice;
b) demonstrate the development of a systematic, organised and structured plan
relating to the development of a program or initiative to meet the needs of a
specific target community;
c) critically evaluate the data required to effectively inform project design and
implementation;
d) develop evaluation criteria for assessing the quality of the project outcomes;
e) demonstrate a high level of communication skills to communicate the project
objectives, rationale, potential outcomes and overall value of the program.
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 2
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Textbook
There is no set textbook for this unit.
Recommended readings
The twelve sections of unit curriculum direct students to readings in the online classroom
for this unit. These readings are selected from journals and books that provide additional
information or a different perspective on topics covered in each section. They are from a
range of authorities and expand the content of this unit.
Studying for this unit
The content of this unit has been designed to maximise the learning and the integration
of the subject matter. Much of the unit material is specific to the Australian context.
Students are encouraged to access additional information relevant to their local context,
which will assist in applying the learning and ensuring its relevance. This may include
specific legislation, government and professional association resources, and journals. It is
important that students’ reading is broad.
In general students are expected to:
read each section of the unit carefully and make notes on new content, and points
that are unclear, or in conflict with previous learning or experience
complete readings of the text and other readings and resources, making notes on
important insights or facts, especially those relevant to assignments
There may be periodic suggestions or issues on which students are asked to deliberate
and reflect. Sometimes these are dilemmas or difficult issues associated with the study
topic which have no right or wrong answers, but are used to trigger critical thinking.
Face to Face hours by delivery mode:
On Campus – OC: Units studied on campus are designed with 12 three hour classes,
totaling 36 contact hours.
Online – OL: Teachers will offer a minimum of two Zoom sessions throughout the
term. Students are encouraged to participate in interactive activities and engage in the
Zoom sessions as these further develop skills and knowledge.
Weekend Classes: Units offered as weekend classes must meet the required 36 contact
hours. This is made up of 5 classes (9am-5pm) scheduled as per the unit timetable for the
enrolled Trimester.
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 3
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Attendance requirements
Attendance at classes ensures that students studying this unit On Campus have the
opportunity to fully engage in the learning appropriate to this delivery mode.
On Campus recommendation (for students studying this unit on campus)
In this unit provided by the Discipline of Counselling, it is recommended that oncampus
students maintain at least 60% attendance.
Online recommendation (for students studying this unit online)
There are no attendance requirements for this unit. Students are encouraged to
participate in the online discussion forum for this unit, and must submit all assessments
to meet the requirements of this unit.
Learning activities
Learning activities are set in each section of the unit to give opportunities for further
learning. They are designed to help students think through and practice the specific skills
and general concepts presented in this unit. They do not need to be sent to the academic
teacher for marking. However, valuable learning opportunities will be missed by not
completing the activities.
In studying this unit, students should maintain a learning journal for completing the
activities. To structure the learning journal, set aside space for:
completing a glossary of new terminology and concepts introduced in this unit
notes on unit content and readings
answers to learning activities
draft assessments.
Students can also keep the learning journal electronically.
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 4
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Self-assessment
There are self-assessment questions at the end of each section to test students’
understanding of the section’s content. Try to recall the answers to these questions
unaided. Write down answers from memory before going back to review the relevant
material in the section. Some of the questions require more than simple recall. Some
will require synthesising separate issues or different pieces of information. Real learning
is not just remembering the reading. It involves owning this knowledge by:
• reflecting
• questioning
• relating theory to personal experiences
• integrating a number of readings on a particular topic or concept
• paraphrasing.
Assignments
The assignments for this unit are carefully set so they develop from and support the key
concepts and skills of the unit, and are aligned with the learning outcomes for this unit.
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 5
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Contents
Section 1: Aims and Overview of the Unit
Section 2: Examples of Community Projects
Section 3: Researching your Topic
Section 4: Active Ingredients: Theories of Change
Section 5: Adapting Existing Programs
Section 6: Ethics in Action
Section 7: Writing a Project Proposal: Program Design and Resources
Section 8: Writing a Project Proposal: Budgeting and Funding
Section 9: Writing a Project Proposal: Program Evaluation
Section 10: Presenting your Project Effectively
Section 11: Networking
Section 12: Celebrating Achievements
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 6
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Assignment summary
Please ensure you keep copies of all assignments submitted for this unit.
Assignment
type
Weight Word
count
Due Date Alignment with learning
outcomes
Assignment 1:
Literature
Review
40% 2000
words
Week 6 a) source and systematically
organise information from the
literature relevant to the target
community and program of
choice
Assignment 2:
Project proposal
40% 2000
words
Week 10 b) demonstrate the
development of a systematic,
organised and structured plan
relating to the development of
a program or initiative to meet
the needs of a specific target
community
c) critically evaluate of the data
required to effectively inform
project design and
implementation
d) develop evaluation criteria
for assessing the quality of the
project outcomes
Assignment 3:
Project
presentation
20% 10
minutes
Week 11
(submission)
Weeks 11 &
12
presentation
and online
facilitation
e) demonstrate a high level of
communication skills to
communicate the project
objectives, rationale, potential
outcomes and overall value of
the program
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 7
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Assignment 1: Literature Review
Assignment Type Weighting Word Count Due Date
Literature Review 40% 2000 words Week 6
Purpose:
Students will choose to follow an area of their own personal interest in this assignment
by choosing a specific issue that affects a specific target population (for example: postpartum
depression amongst women living in rural and remote Australia). Students will
research their topic using academic literature (journal articles, book chapters) and ‘grey’
literature (websites, professional reports, online consumer forums). Students will write a
brief literature review that identifies the needs of the target population in relation to the
chosen issue. Students are to consider evidence-based methods that could potentially
address a need of the target group. This assignment will form the basis for the design of
a project (Assignment 2).
Process:
Students will identify an area of interest to them, relating to a specific issue and target
population. In choosing a topic, students may benefit by considering the dimensions
below:
Geography:
 urban, rural or remote populations
 online populations
Population:
 CALD (cultural and linguistically diverse) populations (pick a specific
community)
 GBLTI (gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, intersex) populations
 Children / adolescents / adults / older adults
Social / psychological impact:
 depression and / or anxiety
 grief and loss
 substance misuse
 risk taking behaviours
 conflict in the workplace
 student welfare
Program types (method of intervention):
 Support groups
 Psychoeducational groups
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 8
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
 Therapeutic groups
 Building community vegetable gardens
 Mentor programs
Students are encouraged to think beyond this list and be creative.
Students will construct a clear thesis statement that will inform the topic and direction of
the literature review. Students will locate peer reviewed journal articles of relevance to the
topic using library databases. In their literature review, students are expected to have also
researched ‘grey’ literature on their topic (websites, consumer forums, reports, newspaper
articles, fact sheets, budgets, annual reports and / or advertising/marketing material – as
appropriate).
As students critically read through the material on their chosen issue and target
community they will identify the problems, needs and requirements of the chosen group.
Students are expected to demonstrate clear relationships between broader themes and
patterns that are present in the literature relevant to the topic, and weave analysis and
critique throughout the review.
Students will need to critically evaluate the type of program/s that works best with the
target population and the nature of the issue identified. For example, what kinds of
interventions work for postnatal depression? How might these evidence-based
interventions be adapted to work well with women living in remote communities? If
there is little literature on the efficacy of an intervention program, critically reflect on
what variables may come into play to ensure an intervention is effective?
Your literature review must contain the following elements:
 An introduction that clearly outlines your chosen topic and aims of the literature
review. It will include a thesis statement and a clear indication of what direction
the literature review will take
 A brief definition of your topic and it’s parameters
 A brief description of the databases searched and the keywords used in the
literature review
 A critical analysis of what the literature (academic and grey literature) reveals with
respect to social and / or psychological impacts of the issue, and the needs
emanating from the impact of the issue for your chosen target population
 A critical evaluation of the methods used in intervention programs that seek to
address the issue
 A recommended intervention program to address the target group’s needs, based
on the findings of your literature review
 A conclusion that summarises the aims of the literature review, the needs of the
target group and critical evaluation of the methods used in intervention programs
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 9
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Marking Criteria: Literature Review
Not Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Good
Very good
Outstanding
Content
1. An introduction that includes a thesis statement and a
clear indication of what direction the literature review will
take
2. A brief definition of your topic and it’s parameters
3. A brief description of the databases searched and the
keywords used in the literature review
4. A critical analysis of what the literature (academic and grey
literature) reveals with respect to social and / or
psychological impacts of the issue, and the needs
emanating from the impact of the issue for the chosen
target population
5. A critical evaluation of the methods used in intervention
programs that seek to address the issue
6. A recommended intervention program to address the
target group’s needs, based on the findings of your
literature review
7. A conclusion that summarises the aims of the literature
review, the needs of the target group and critical
evaluation of the methods used in intervention programs
Structure, Presentation and Referencing
1. Main ideas clearly and logically presented
2. Relevant research and scholarship literature used
appropriately to support claims
3. Presentation guidelines followed as specified in the
learning support website (https://sls.navitasprofessional.edu.au/presentation-guidelines-apa-style)
and
third person writing style is applied where required
4. Academic writing style is used, including correct spelling,
grammar and punctuation
5. In-text referencing and reference list follows APA
referencing style (6th ed.) as set out in the APA website:
http://www.apastyle.org/
6. Word count is within + or – 10% of requirement No Yes
Total mark:
Weighted scale:

Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 11
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Assignment 2: Project Proposal
Assignment Type Weighting Word Count Due Date
Project Proposal 40% 2000 words Week 10
Purpose:
Students will write a project proposal (professional report) that outlines the development
of a program to meet the needs of the target group identified in Assignment 1.
Process:
Students will write a plan for your project in the form of a professional report.
The Student Learning Support website has useful information on Project assignments,
this will aid the writing of a professional report.
Headings for your project plan might include the following:
Introduction
Background literature (Reference to the main points in your literature review
highlighting target group need/s, and critical evaluation of response to this need to
date).
Program objectives and rationale (what are your program’s key objective? Why
is a program like this needed? This will also include a proposed method of program
intervention (for example: a closed password protected online support group, along
with a rationale as to why you have chosen this particular method of intervention)
Program content (this may include topics covered in psychoeducational groups /
parameters of online support groups). In your report, reference the literature as to
why you are considering this content / these parameters. Brief details of program
content may be put into an appendix (Appendices are not included in the word
count).
Program resources (what resources are required to make this program run?)
Budgeting and funding (Provide a table in your report that costs out the
resources you need to run the program. How might you fund such a program?
Consider community grants / price points for participants / crowd funding and
provide a rationale for this type of fund raising)
Program evaluation (How will you know if your program is a success? What
criteria is success judged by? How will you evaluate your program? Provide a
rationale for this type of evaluation)
Conclusion
Reference List
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 12
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Marking Criteria: Project Proposal
Not Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Good
Very good
Outstanding
Content
1. Quality of introduction
2. Appropriate links to literature and theory
3. Program overview, objectives and rationale clearly
articulated, and linked appropriately to the target group
identified
4. Content and relevant parameters of program outlined and
justified according to the relevant literature
5. Program method clearly rationalised and articulated
6. Program resources and funding requirements accurately
identified by use of a simple budget
7. The evaluation of the program is analysed with reference
to relevant literature
8. Appropriate conclusion
Structure, Presentation and Referencing
1. Main ideas clearly and logically presented
2. Relevant research and scholarship literature used
appropriately to support claims
3. Presentation guidelines followed as specified in the
learning support website (https://sls.navitasprofessional.edu.au/presentation-guidelines-apa-style)
and
third person writing style is applied where required
4. Academic writing style is used, including correct spelling,
grammar and punctuation
5. In-text referencing and reference list follows APA
referencing style (6th ed.) as set out in the APA website:
http://www.apastyle.org/
6. Word count is within + or – 10% of requirement No Yes
Total mark:
Weighted scale:
Grade:
/100
/40
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 13
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Comments:
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 14
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Assignment 3: Project Presentation
Assignment Type Weighting Word Count Due Date
Project
Presentation
20% 10 minutes for
presentations
(On campus)
Online facilitation
of discussion
(Online students)
Submission for
marking uploaded
in Week 11
Presentations /
online facilitation
Weeks 11 and 12.
Purpose:
Students will demonstrate a high level of communication skills to communicate the aims,
objectives, rationale, potential outcomes and overall value of the program to their
classroom audience.
Process:
Students will present their project proposal (on-campus or online) using a format
appropriate to their project. Examples of project presentations formats might be:
Short PowerPoint slide show
Online poster presentation
Brief podcast (online students only)
On campus students will orally present a brief overview of their proposed project,
including the aims, objectives, rationale, potential outcomes and overall value of the
program. This will be accompanied by an online poster presentation or a short
PowerPoint slide for visual impact. Submissions for marking are uploaded into the portal
by Week 11. Presentations will occur during Weeks 11 and 12.
Online students will upload either a PowerPoint, online poster or brief podcast of their
project in the forum space provided in Week 11. Submissions for marking are also
uploaded into the portal by Week 11.
Online students will facilitate and participate in online discussions during Weeks 11 and
12. Online students need to comment on and ask questions for at least another two
presentations. Students are to answer and facilitate discussion around questions asked
of their presentation.
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 15
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Marking Criteria: Project Presentation (Colloquium)
Not Satisfactory
Satisfactory
Good
Very good
Outstanding
Content
1. High level of presentation skills demonstrated
2. Effective communication of the objectives, rationale,
potential outcomes and overall value of the program
3. Format of presentation contextually appropriate
4. Quality of student’s presentation, including time keeping
elements (On campus students only)
5. Quality of student’s responses to online discussion relating
to their own projects and ask question of at least two other
projects (On line students only)
Total mark:
Weighted scale:
Grade:
/100
/20
Comments:
Unit Outline: BESC3091 – Project 2 16
Last updated: Trimester 2 2018
Assignment support and information
Important and valuable information about completing your assignments can be found in
the following places:
How to guides – to search press Ctrl F on the page and type what you are looking
for:
o https://my.navitas-professional.edu.au/howto/
Student learning support:
o http://sls.navitas-professional.edu.au/college/acap
Assessment information:
o http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-mycourse/assessment-information/
Student Administration:
o http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/student-services/studentadministration/
All assignments are to be submitted online through the online classroom for this unit.
You can find more information on the assignment process on the ‘Assessment
Information’ section of the ‘Current Students’ part of the ACAP website.
AccessAbility is a service for students who have a disability or long term health
problems., further details can be found at the following link:
http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/student-services/accessability-disabilityservice/
An assignment review service called Smarthinking is available to students in many
Diploma, Bachelor and Post Graduate units. Check your class space for the link or go to
the SLS website for more information: http://sls.navitasprofessional.edu.au/smarthinking-0
How to apply for an extension:
Extensions may be granted to students who have unforeseen circumstances. The policy
and process for student extensions can be found here:
https://www.acap.edu.au/assets/Uploads/Assessment-Policy-and-Procedure-NPI-00-
91-11P.pdf
Students can request a one week extension from their academic teacher in the case of
unforeseen circumstances. Longer extensions may be requested via the program delivery
team in your state.