Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT4273Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This is the fourth and final placement courses in the undergraduate occupational therapy program. The course aims to broaden student professional practice experience while assisting them to consolidate their academic knowledge and clinical skills. A block professional practice experience is embedded in this course. Students undertake their placements off campus in a variety of service settings. This 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 this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate graduate level clinical competence by independently completing each of the learning objectives in all eight domains of the revised version of the Student Practice Evaluation Form (SPEF-R) sufficient to satisfactorily pass their final practice placement.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how to assess client needs; identify and prioritize their occupational performance issues; establish clear client-centered goals; select and implement appropriate OT interventions and evaluate and refine their own practice through the presentation of a practice case study.
3. Demonstrate graduate level clinical reasoning skills through the concise and logical presentation of the decisions made in relation to a chosen practice incident and the robust defence of these under questioning from the viva examiners.
4. Demonstrate how they have met the Minimum Competency Standards for Graduating OTs, as published by OT Australia (2010), by providing verbal examples and written evidence from their e-portfolio during an exit interview exam.
ContentEach professional practice experience will be slightly different for each student, 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 evaluation in accordance with the revised version of the Student Practice Education (SPEF-R).
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Exit Interview: 30 minutes in total.

This exit interview assessment marks the culmination of four practice placements. It aims to provide an opportunity for the final year students to demonstrate their competence to practice and their readiness to apply for a new graduate appointment. Students will be asked to demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to graduate as measured against the Australian Competency Standards for Occupational Therapy (2010) The student will choose one of three job descriptions; complete a (1000 word) position application and attend an exit interview. During the interview they will be expected to provide verbal and documentary evidence (from their e-portfolio) to demonstrate they have met the required standards and are therefore equipped with the necessary skills and experience to perform their chosen job.
Presentations - IndividualCase Study Viva: Oral Presentation (30 minutes in total).

The aim of this oral presentation and question session is to assess:
• Student application and evaluation of the OT process with a given client in a chosen service setting.
• Student clinical reasoning skills and their ability to clearly outline and defend the decisions they made concerning their chosen case.
Practicum/PlacementPractice Placement: Compulsory pass / fail assessment component.

Practicum: 10 Weeks

Students are required to demonstrate their competence to practice by passing the core learning objectives in each of the eight practice domains as outlined in the revised version of the Student Practice Evaluation Form (SPEF-R). The eight domains are concerned with the student developing: professional behaviour; self-management skills; co-worker communications skills; communications skills; documentations skills; information gathering skill; service provision skills and service evaluation skills.
Contact HoursPracticum: for 38 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Practicum: for 38 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 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 fulfil 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 OCCT4163 and OCCT4170.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT4273