Beginning Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

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

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of the course students ought to be able to:

Demonstrate emerging clinical competence by completing each of the learning objectives in all of the eight domains of the revised version of the Student Practice Evaluation Form (SPEF-R) sufficient to pass their second year practice placement

Demonstrate an understanding of how to assess client needs, identify and prioritize performance issues, establish clear client-centered goals; select and implement appropriate OT interventions and evaluate their own practice through the presentation of a case study.

Demonstrate how the theoretical models of OT they have been introduced to during the first year of their course can be used to guide their assessment selection and intervention choices in practice through the presentation of a case study.

Demonstrate effective critical reflection skills by submitting a written report that outlines how and why they responded to a chosen clinical incident.

Demonstrate an understanding of the Minimum Competency Standards for graduating OTs (as published by OT Australia in 2010) and benchmark the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their practice placement course against these standards.
ContentEach 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.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT : A Compulsory Pass is required on the Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Addition (SPEF-R) to progress in this course.
Meets Objective 1 & 2.
Students are required to demonstrate the emerging clinical compulsory skills bypassing each of the core learning objectives in the SPEF-R documents sufficient to pass at a second year level.
Other: (please specify)Case Study Presentation
Meets objectives 3 & 4
The aim of the case study presentation is to assess student:
* Application and evaluation of the OT process with a given client in a chosen service setting.
* Clinical/professional reasoning skills.
Other: (please specify)Written Reflective Practitioner Report
Meets objectives 5
The aim of the critical reflection is to assess student ability to describe, reflect upon and analyse a challenging incident that occurred during placement.

No opportunity for remediation is allowed unless accompanied by an Adverse Circumstances application. Students who fail this course will have to re-take /repeat it the following year and cannot proceed to 3rd year Occupational Therapy courses.
Contact HoursPractical: for 304 hour(s) per Term for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentOnly available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) 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 and placement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate that they have met the mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements.

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 ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT1242, OCCT2150 and OCCT2151.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT2254