Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course will assist in developing effective communication or interpersonal skills, including the four macro skills: speaking, listening, writing and reading in the context of inter-professional teams, groups and individuals. It forms foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes for Occupational Therapy Practice.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explore and reflect upon the strengths and weakness of their personal communication style in both face-to-face and non face-to-face contexts.

2. Examine and respond to the needs associated with various factors influencing effective communication during Occupational Therapy practice.

3. Use the various components of spoken and written communicative skills to achieve effective Occupational therapy practice.

4. Interpret and respond to spoken and written communication in ways that reflect effective OT practice.


All content explored within an interactive and experiential context including:

  • Ways of interacting while practicing as an Occupational Therapist that ensure Person/Family-centred practice.
  • Reflection leading to greater self-awareness about personal communication styles
  • Ensuring understanding and appropriate interaction while interacting as an Occupational Therapist.
  • The effect of non-verbal communication when interacting as an Occupational Therapist.
  • Communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Presentation and other factors influencing effective Occupational Therapy interaction


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT1242

Assessment items

In Term Test: In Class

Written Assignment: Reflection about P-cP & using the COPM - 3A. One page written 3B.

Viva Voce: Effective communication viva

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - - Students are expected to attend and demonstrate active participation in all classes to pass this course. NOTE: Assessments are based on the content of the lectures and workshops. - However, students MUST attend their 2-hour writing workshops. - Attendance records will be kept for all sessions. Only students with Adverse Circumstances will have opportunity for remediation of the content of the writing workshops.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 5 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1

The Writing Workshops consist of 2 hours per week for 7 weeks The Communication Workshops consist of 3 hours per week for 7 weeks