Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy

Course code OCCT4273Units 20Level 4000Faculty 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 last of three major practice courses in this revised program.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
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 advanced level of year four which is the final long practice experience and they should be deemed competent to start practice,
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 could be the WFOT Competencies.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents must have successfully completed all the OCCT courses in first, second, third and semester one of fourth year.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsPracticum
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical paper on comparative practice experiences worth 30%
Other: (please specify)Paper = 30%
Other: (please specify)These objectives conform to the Student Practice Evaluation Form Revised [SPEF-R]

Professional Behaviour
Self management Skills
Co-worker Communication
Communication Skills
Information Gathering
Service Provision
Service Evaluation

On SPEF-R all the above categories are assessed by the practice educator on a 5 point Likert Scale at half-way ( = 4 weeks) and at the final week ( = 9 weeks). On completion University staff will translate this mark into a grade = 30%
Other: (please specify)Paper taken from the contents of the Portfolio on Professional Development = 40%
Other: (please specify)Online briefing preparation before practice
De-briefing laboratory after practice - Pass/Fail
Contact HoursPracticum: for 38 hour(s) per Week for 10 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 and placement 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.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT3161 and be concurrently enrolled in OCCT4274
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for OCCT4273