Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT4110Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course aims to consolidate previous knowledge and skills and broaden the student professional experience in the practice of Occupational Therapy. Students undertake an extended professional placement in a selected area of practice. Upon completion of the professional placement students are expected to be performing at the level of a beginning practitioner. This course is designed to assist students to gather and utilise information appropriately and to develop appropriate decision-making skills within the professional practice environment.

This course is Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of OCCT 4110, students will be able to:
1. Reflect critically on their own professional performance and take responsibility, under supervision, for action in response to this.
2. Effectively employ a model of reflection to evaluate own learning in a practice setting.
3. Demonstrate practice skills and professional behaviour commensurate with expectations for a new graduate in the context of their practice education setting.
Content*Australian Competency Standards for Entry Level Occupational Therapists
*Personality types and learning styles
*Preparing for professional practice and employment
*Using reflection to develop practice
*Preparing for practice education

Practice education 12 weeks full time participation.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing 20 units of OCCT4100: OT Theory & Practice 4A & 40 units (Pass Degree)
or OCCT4300: OT Honours A - 40units (Honours Degree)
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge240 credit points of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment (Assesses objectives 1&2)
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten Assignment (Assesses Objective 1)
Other: (please specify)Practice Education (Assesses objectives 1&3)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Practicum: for 35 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT3120. National Police Check. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
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.