Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This is the third of four practice placement courses in the undergraduate occupational therapy program. The course aims to broaden the students professional practice experience while assisting them to consolidate their academic knowledge and develop their clinical skills. Eight weeks of professional practice placement is embedded into this thirteen-week course. The students undertake their practice placements off campus in a variety of service setting.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Minimum Competency Standards for graduating OT's (The Australian Occupational Therapy Standards)

2. Demonstrate intermediate clinical competence by completing each of the learning objectives in all of the eight domains of the revised version of the Student Practice Evaluation Form (SPEF-R)

3. Demonstrate a good understanding of how to assess a client's needs, identify and prioritize performance issues, establish clear client centred goals, select and implement appropriate OT interventions and evaluate intervention outcomes.

4. Demonstrate how theoretical models of OT can be used to guide their assessment selection and intervention choices in practice

5. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate their own practice along with the policy and practices of those in the service setting in which they have undertaken their placement, in light of current best practice and research evidence. Then suggest how they might improve future practice in this service setting as appropriate.

6. Demonstrate sound clinical /ethical reasoning skills by defending the decisions they have made in relation their chosen case study and clinical incident.


Each professional practice experience will be slightly different but all should offer the students 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 third year students about the importance of developing sound professional reasoning and ethical decision making skills during the briefing and debriefing sessions in the course.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program who have successfully completed OCCT2252, OCCT2253 and OCCT2254.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Professional Practice Placement *

Viva Voce: Case Study Viva

Report: Professional Reasoning Report

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students are required to attend the compulsory post placement debriefing session in week 14

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check. - International students - Overseas Police Certificate for all previous countries of residence and/or Statutory Declaration equivalent
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. - This includes National Police Check, Immunisations, NSW Health Code of Conduct, NSW Health Form 2 and NSW Health Form 3. Refer to the Faculty of Health and Medicine's Placement Preparation website for details: www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placements
  • Senior First Aid Certificate - students must complete a Senior First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - Also known as Apply First Aid Certificate or Workplace Level 2
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - NSW Health Mandatory training and site-specific requirement (where applicable) / any additional requirements as specified on the site specific information forms, this includes specific requirements for interstate placement sites
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work. - Check http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

Contact hours



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

Labs will occur on week 6 and week 14.


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 1

3 hour briefing lecture prior to placement.


Face to Face Off Campus 38 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

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