Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT2254Units 20Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Applied and competent standards for integrating knowledge, professional reasoning and professional behaviour are developed within this practice course that lays emphasis on applying occupational therapy processes. Students must experience a range of different people with different needs, and in different circumstances. This course is the beginning one of three major practice courses in the program that are eight weeks in duration conforming to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists [WFOT] (2002) fieldwork requirements.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThese objectives conform to the Student Practice Evaluation Form Revised [SPEF-R]
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
ContentEach practice setting will be different for the students but the following are general indicators:
1. Each practice environment has a set of learning outcomes,
2. Each student has developed a personal learning contract with personal outcomes,
3. The two sets of outcomes above must be mutually negotiated and must form the basis of the practice experience. These documents are dynamic and can be altered during the course as proficiency develops,
4. Students learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for professional practice at this beginning level in year two. This is the students first long practice experience,
5. Students benchmark their learning against the Australian Competency Standards (2010; 1998 in Mental Health) until such time as an agreed new set of competencies are designed. Other standards are the World federation of Occupational Therapists [WFOT] Competencies 2002, & 2008.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must have completed successfully all the OCCT courses in first year and semester one of second year before they can go out on practice.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT : Compulsory pass required on the Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Addition (SPEF-R) to pass this course.

Meets Objectives 1-8.

1) Below are the national categories from the Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Addition [SPEF-R]
against which the students are assessed:
Professional Behaviour
Self management Skills
Co-worker Communication
Communication Skills
Information Gathering
Service Provision
Service Evaluation

On SPEF-R all the above categories are assessed by the practice educator on a 5 point Likert Scale at half-way ( = 4 weeks) and at the final week ( = 8 weeks). On completion University staff will translate this into a grade = 30%
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT: Compulsory pass required. Meets objectives 1-8.

A Viva examination.
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT: Compulsory pass required. Meets objectives 1-8.

Assessment of e-portfolio
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT: Compulsory pass required.

On-line briefing quiz before practice
De-briefing after practice laboratory - Pass/Fail
Other: (please specify)No opportunity for remediation is allowed unless accompanied by an Adverse Circumstances application. Students who fail this course will have to re-take it the following year and cannot proceed to the 3rd year Occupational Therapy courses.
Contact HoursPractical: for 304 hour(s) per Term for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate the following Placement Requirements prior to placement:

• a National Police Certificate
• a completed and signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement
• a completed and signed NSW Health Student Declaration
• all specified immunisations and evidence of immunity
• a completed NSW Health Form 2. - Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool
• a completed NSW Health Form 3. - Student Undertaking/Declaration

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of OCCT1201.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT2254