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HSW8220 Promoting Community Access and Inclusion

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Promoting Community Access Inc
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090509 - Care for the Disabled
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Emily Steel

Other requisites

Students who have enrolled in or completed HSW3220 cannot enrol in this course


The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) framework promotes collaboration among community leaders, people with disability, their families, and other citizens to provide equal opportunities for all people in society. It has been utilised in Australia and internationally for social planning, social enterprises, and inclusive community development and is consistent with Australia’s National Disabiltiy Strategy 2010-2020. Managers and leaders in community health, aging and disability sectors require an understanding of human functioning and health and strategies for promoting community access and inclusion. Students will develop knowledge and practical skills in applying CBR strategies with individuals and communities. The course will address access and inclusion in a variety of contexts and consider the needs of different populations.


This course introduces the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a conceptual framework and practical resources for understanding and assessing functioning and health of individuals and populations. Students will apply knowledge of accessibility, universal design and assistive technology as CBR strategies to promote access and inclusion in contexts of cultural diversity. Students will demonstrate professional communication skills in advocating for inclusive development and discussing ethical considerations in complex human services systems.
Within a Person Environment Occupation (PEO) framework, this course introduces and applies the principles of community based rehabilitation in developed and developing communities. It will cover the usage of the International Classification of Function (ICF) to understand the social and cultural models of disability, as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) needs assessment staircase in the 'Community-based Rehabilitation Indicators Manual' (2015).


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Articulate and apply advanced knowledge of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) concepts, techniques and tools in program design or evaluation.
  2. Critically evaluate human functioning and the influence of personal and environmental factors on participation and health.
  3. Independently identify design features in built and virtual environments and evaluate their impact on accessibility and inclusion for a range of individuals.
  4. Critique the role of human services in inclusive development, and the cultural and ethical considerations arising in professional practice.
  5. Demonstrate professional skills in communication, leadership and collaboration for developing and evaluating initiatives to promote community access and inclusion.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding and evaluating human functioning and health through the engagement of individuals in purposeful activity and interaction with environmental and personal factors. 20.00
2. Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) as a framework for promoting community access and inclusion. 20.00
3. Accessibility and universal design principles in physical and virtual environments. 20.00
4. Assistive technology and other human and non-human supports and enablers. 20.00
5. Disability-inclusive development principles and resources and the role of human services. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Cook, A. M. & Polgar, J. M 2015, Chapter 1 - Principles of Assistive Technology: Introducing the Human Activity Assistive Technology Model (PP. 1-15), Assistive Technologies, 4th edn, Mosby, St. Louis (MO).
Steinfeld, E., Maisel, J., & Levine, D 2012, Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments, Wiley.
World Health Organisation 2001, International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Retrieved from Geneva,
World Health Organisation (2011) Community-based Rehabilitation: CBR Guidelines, Geneva: World Health Organisation.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 24.00
Online Lectures 24.00
Online Tutorials 12.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 40 40 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 60 60 26 Feb 2019 (see note 2)

  1. Assessment due dates will be released in week 1
  2. Assessment due dates will be released in week 1

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Graduate Certification of Business and is benchmarked against the
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.