Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT2254
Available in 2016
2015 Course Timetables


This is the second of four practice placement courses in the undergraduate occupational therapy programme. The course aims to broaden the students professional practice experience while assisting them to consolidate their academic knowledge and develop their clinical skills. Seven weeks of professional practice placement is embedded into the thirteen-week course. The students undertake their practice placements off campus in a variety of service settings.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the minimum competency standards for graduating OT¿s (as per OT Australia 2010)

2. Demonstrate emerging clinical competence by completing each of the learning objectives in the 8 domains of the SPER-R

3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to assess a clients, needs, identity and prioritise performance issues, establish clear client centred goals, select and implement appropriate OT interventions and evaluate their own practice.

4. Demonstrate how theoretical models of OT can guide assessment and intervention choices in practice

5. Demonstrate effective reflective practitioner skills


Each professional practice experience will be slightly different for the students but all should offer them the opportunity to develop their:

Professional Behavior; Self-management Skills; Co-worker Communication; Communication Skills; Documentation; Information Gathering; Service Provision and Service Evaluation in accordance with the revised version of the Student Practice Education Form (SPEF-R)

In addition an emphasis will be placed on teaching the second year students about the importance of client-centered practice and becoming a reflective practitioner during the briefing and debriefing sessions in the course.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT1242, OCCT2150 and OCCT2151.

Assessment Items

Professional Task: Professional Practice Placement *

Viva Voce: Case Study Presentation

Report: Professional Report

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students are required to attend the compulsory post placement debriefing session

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students failing this assessment item will not be offered any remediation but will be required to re-enrol in the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face Off Campus 38 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Professional Practice Education: 7 weeks @ 38 hours/week = 266 hours of practice 2 hour briefing lecture prior to placement 2 hour computer laboratory prior to placement


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term