Intermediate Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT3161Units 20Level 3000Faculty 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 the occupational therapy processes. Students must experience a range of different people with different needs, and in different circumstances. This course is the second of three major practice courses in the occupational therapy program.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
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 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 intermediary level of year three which is the second long practice experience,
5. Students benchmark their learning against the Australian Competency Standards (1994: 1999) until such time as an agreed new set of competencies are designed. Other standards will be the WFOT Competencies.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must have successfully completed the beginning practice placement OCCT2254 and covered the OCCT courses in years one and two of the program.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsPracticum
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Portfolio on professional development = 50%
Other: (please specify)On-line briefing preparation before practice
Debriefing laboratory after practice = Pass/Fail
Other: (please specify)Below are the national categories from the Student Practice Evaluation Form _ Revised [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 compulsory pass / fail component
Presentations - IndividualViva = 50%
Contact HoursPractical: for 38 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 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 Science students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into the 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 these above requirements, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, need to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and the degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the required placement requirements.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT2254 focusing on practice education.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT3161