Available in 2022
Course code



20 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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-centred goals; select and implement appropriate OT interventions and evaluate and refine their own practice by completing a job application.

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 during an exit interview.

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.


Each 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).  

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.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT4163 and OCCT4170.

Assessment items

Professional Task: Placement (Practical)

Interview: Exit Interview: 30 minutes in total.

Proposal / Plan: Job Application

Compulsory Requirements

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Lecture for 2 Hours per Week for Week 1 only. Lecture comprises of a 2 hour briefing session.


Face to Face Off Campus 38 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Practicum for 38 Hours per Week for 10 Weeks. Alternate provisions are made for 1) a part-time placement or 2) a project placement. Reflection on placement workshop*


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Tutorial for 2 Hours per Week for Week 1 only.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Workshop for 2 Hours per Week for Week 9 only. Workshop consists of a 2-hour compulsory debriefing session.

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