Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT2254
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


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

The course is a compulsory programme component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme.



  • Semester 2 - 2015
  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Professional Behaviour

2. Self management Skills

3. Co-worker Communication

4. Communication Skills

5. Documentation

6. Information Gathering

7. Service Provision

8. Service Evaluation


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

  • Professional Behaviour;
  • 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-centred practice; being a reflective practitioner during the briefing and debriefing session 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: Practice *

Viva Voce: Case Study Viva

Portfolio: Reflective Portfolio

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 304 hour(s) per Term

Professional Practice Education: 8 weeks @ 38 hours/week = 304 hours of practice 2 hour briefing lecture prior to placement 2 hour computer laboratory prior to placement