Intermediate Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT3161Units 20Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This is the third 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 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 program.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course students ought to be able to:-
1.Demonstrate consolidating clinical competence by completing each of the learning objectives in all eight domains of the revised version of the student Practice Evaluation Form (SPEF-R) sufficient to pass their third year placement.
2.Demonstrate a good understanding of how to assess a client?s needs, identify and prioritise performance issues, establish clear client-centred goals; select and implement appropriate OT interactions and evaluate their own practice through the presentation of a case study.
3.Demonstrate consolidating level clinical reasoning skills by submitting a written report that outlines the decisions they took in relation to a chosen clinical event.
4.Demonstrate an understanding of the minimal competency standards for graduating OTs (as published by OT Australia in 2010) and benchmark the knowledge and skills they have acquired on placement against these.
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 developing their clinical reasoning skills in the briefing and debriefing sessions of the course.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Presentations - IndividualCase Study Viva
Meets objective 2: The aim of the case study is to assess students - application and evaluation of the OT process with a given client in a chosen service setting.
Practicum/PlacementProfessional Practice Placement
A pass is required on the SPEF-R form to progress in this course.
Meets objectives 1-2 students are required to demonstrate consolidating clinical competency by passing each core learning domain in the SPEF-R document sufficient to pass at a third year level.
ReportsWritten Clinical reasoning Report
The aim OT technical reasoning report is to assess students professional decision making.
No opportunity for remediation is allowed unless accompanied by an adverse circumstances application. Students who fail will have to re-take the course the following year and cannot proceed to year 4 until they do.
Contact HoursPractical: for 304 hour(s) per Term for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentOnly available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

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 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 fulfil 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.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT3161