OCCT13008 - Professional Occupational Therapy Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is a combined clinical and research unit where you will complete your first long block professional practice placement and the first part of an Evidence Review that you will complete in 4th year. Successful completion of the professional practice hours will contribute towards your accreditation requirements of completing a minimum of 1000 professional practice hours. This unit aims to foster your ability to consistently utilise the occupational therapy process when working with clients. Through integrating and applying the academic concepts, professional reasoning and professional behaviours you have developed throughout your course you will ensure the ethical and legal responsibilities of your professional practice are met. You will be allocated to one professional placement opportunity, which will be selected by the practice education manager from a variety of settings and client groups. You may also be required to undertake your professional practice placement away from your home town at your own expense. Placement opportunities will vary in start and finish dates and it is important to plan on being available for placement from the end of Term 1 until 31 December of the same year. Additionally you will participate in a compulsory residential which will include research focused seminars, workshops, library activities, and small group activities with an academic supervisor linked to this unit. You will complete Part 1 of your Evidence Review in a small group, on a research topic negotiated with your academic supervisor.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 24
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.5
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

To enrol in this unit you must be enrolled in the CB84 Occupational Therapy course and meet the following pre-requisites:

OCCT13001 Enabling Work Participation

OCCT13002 Enabling Strategies in Neurological Rehabilitation

OCCT13007 Enabling Mental Health

SOCL19065 Rural Sociology for Health and Social Services

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 24-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 50 hours of study per week, making a total of 600 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Portfolio 0%
3. Written Assessment 100%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 5% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback
Enhance student navigation of resources through Moodle.
The unit Moodle page will transition to the tile format in 2021 which is expected to assist with navigation of unit resources. It is also recommended that the unit staff take this opportunity to review the Moodle page to ensure it is easy to navigate.
Action Taken
In the transition of the Moodle page into the tile format, the unit co-ordinator revised the location and formatting of the unit resources to meet the university standard guidelines.
Source: Self reflection Student feedback
Peer support and learning enhances the work integrated learning experience of the student.
It is recommended that the unit co-ordinator continue to imbed opportunities for peer communication in the unit through the unit Moodle page discussion forum and regular emails.
Action Taken
Moodle forum discussion posts continued to be required as part of the portfolio assessment supporting structured students interaction on this platform.
Source: Student feedback
Knowledge gaps were reported as barriers to student completion of their evidence review honours assessment.
It is recommended that the unit teaching team liaise with the ALLH research unit co-ordinator to review content that supports completion of the evidence review honours assessment.
Action Taken
The teaching team has worked with the allied health research unit co-ordinator to ensure that any potential gaps in knowledge that would impede an evidence review honours assessment were addressed within this unit.
Source: Student and non-university educator feedback
Managing COVID related lockdowns is disruptive to completing Work Integrated Learning (WIL).
It is recommended that the university and the non-university educators continue to work collaboratively to minimise placement disruption through integration of project placement activities and simulated learning opportunities for students as appropriate.
Action Taken
Source: Student and teaching staff feedback
Students were provided with scheduled zoom appointments across the term to assist with managing the written evidence review assessment which was beneficial in ensuring the students understood and clarified the requirements of this assessment.
It is recommended that a range of flexible supports be utilised to provide assessment information to students whilst they are completing off-campus clinical placements.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Utilise the occupational therapy process when working with clients
  2. Apply sound professional reasoning within a client-centred professional practice approach
  3. Demonstrate professional behaviour that meets ethical and legal responsibilities
  4. Demonstrate critical reflection of learning experiences during professional practice and relate this to relevant professional practice based experiences, published sources and professional development
  5. Demonstrate skills in preparing for an Evidence Review on a specific area of professional practice including developing a focused clinical question and search strategy, succinctly articulating the results of the search and identifying the best evidence.

The World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) stipulates that all occupational therapy education programs must meet the requirements of offering students a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice within a variety of settings. WFOT also requires that students in consultation with their practice educator develop and complete learning goals to support their professional practice requirements.

The inclusion of an Evidence Review (Part 1) contributes to meeting external accreditation requirements of an honours course, as well as meeting AQF Level 8 requirements. Both of these require students to learn and apply research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) skills across the curriculum.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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