Module Title:Community Based Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures and workshops, group work, visiting talks, e-learning, field work student presentations and reflective activities. Pedagogically this module aims for a mixed methods approach. There are three strands to this course, 1. Classroom activities with lecturers and peers as per a traditional course 2. Field work meaning students actively get involved with a community group or organisation in the Wexford area. 3. Online learning meaning involving students in VLE asynchronous discussion boards, blogging, quizzes, web research, and an e-portfolio.
Module Aim: testThis is a course about civic engagement and active participation in the social and community environment of Wexford. The course aims to foster greater appreciation amongst learners of the issues and needs of their local community. This course aims to create awareness about the importance of civic participation in your locality, cross cultural engagement, personal and social responsibility, leadership skills, listening skills and critical reflection. It will also aim to foster confidence in using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for dialogue, debate and reflection.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Reflect on distinctions between public services and private services, government funded and the not for profit sector
LO2 Monitor and discuss public events and issues related to their local community organisations
LO3 Communicate personal and critical reflections within a group both face to face and online through a VLE (Blackboard) and blog
LO4 Create a reflective blog, make a short video and design an e-portfolio
LO5 Work with others to define a common objective, develop group learning skills
LO6 Engage with an unfamiliar learning environment, practice listening
LO7 Create and follow a work plan to accomplish a goal with a team, experience the ups and downs of community based projects
LO8 Demonstrate through reflection and other activities an ability to recognise that there are multiple perspectives on issues
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Communtiy Based Practice; Field work
Schedule Weeks 1-4 Induction and orientation, researching the field (information gathering), making a video snapshot, creating a blog, introduction to reflective activities, discussion forum. Weeks 4 - 8 Commencement of field work, lecture on civic skills, workshops in ethics and democracy, role plays around concepts of community, participation in discussion forums, workshop on e-portfolios. Weeks 8-12 Continuation of field work, lecture on racism, submission of e-portfolio part 1 and reflective blog part 1, participation in discussion forums, role plays around concepts of community. Formative feedback on each students individual learning. Weeks 12-16 Continuation of field work, lecture on arts based inquiry and action research, workshops on listening and observation, participation in discussion forums with online role play. Weeks 16-20 Continuation of field work, lecture on community development, workshops in online communities, participation in discussion forums with visiting online academic participant, video snapshot 2. Weeks 20-24 Continuation of field work, lecture on international movements in community development submission of completed e-portfolio and reflective blog participation in discussion forum. Weeks 24-28 Continuation of field work lecture on ethnography and social science, participation in discussion forum. End of year seminar or symposium.
Assessment Breakdown%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Attendance and participation 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 10.00 n/a
Project An online blog with numerous entries reflecting on your involvement with community based learning 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 35.00 n/a
Project An E-portfolio containing a range of media reflecting the breath of learning over the year 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 20.00 n/a
Project Student contributions to online discussion board where issues relevant to the course will be debated 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 10.00 n/a
Project A short video essay based on your community involvement 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 25.00 n/a
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 3.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 3 Mandatory
CW_HWVCD_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications and Design 3 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 3 Mandatory