Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course aims to form a bridge between professional learning in the undergraduate program and the student's entry into professional practice. This will be achieved through the use of case studies, with expectations for clinical reasoning and appraisal of available literature and evidence. Students will synthesize theoretical and practical learning gained throughout the occupational therapy program, apply this knowledge to new cases, and utilize critical analysis and clinical reasoning to plan assessment and intervention. Students will examine such factors as, contexts of practice, theoretical approaches, ethical and moral issues, political and legal contexts, and social and cultural influence, in developing written work. Additionally students will also appraise their current strengths and ongoing professional development priorities. Advanced workshops designed to refine professional skills will be presented.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Formulate case analyses, defining core aspects of identified disability, analysing functional implications, designing plans for assessment, and appraising available literature and evidence for intervention;

2. Appraise personal practice skills to identify individual strengths and needs for continuing professional development (CPD);

3. Analyse and synthesise the impact of factors such as contexts of practice, theoretical approaches, ethical and moral issues, political and legal contexts, and social and cultural influences on their practice;

4. Be proactive in their professional development through engagement and participation in available workshops and case analyses in these final weeks;


This course is process rather than content driven and is learner centred. The course will comprise a series of interactive workshops, case studies, and a final paper. Practicing therapists and other related professions may be part of this course.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT4163 and OCCT4170.

Assumed knowledge

This is the culminating course in the last four weeks in the program therefore students need knowledge from all year one, two, three and four of the OT program

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Major Essay (3000 words)

Formal Examination: Exam - Formal

Participation: Participation and attendance in group and individual tasks

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 20 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 10

Lectures begin week 10 and ends week 13.


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 11

Workshops begin week 11 and end week 12.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.