OCCT14002 - Specialisation in Occupational Therapy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit builds upon the foundation knowledge and practice experience you have built throughout the occupational therapy course. The focus of this unit is to equip you to undertake autonomous, evidence-based practice as a new graduate in regional Australia. It is comprised of various modules which will advance your professional skills for independent practice. Each module will be offered in semi-block mode to enable immersion in a specialised area of clinical practice. The range of modules will be subject to resources including availability of experts to contribute. Depending on the number and scope of modules offered, there may be some choice in which modules you undertake. However, a compulsory module will focus on research and evidence-based practice in occupational therapy, and you will work on a research project that follows on from the Evidence Review you undertook in OCCT13008, and then further developed in OCCT14006.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisites: OCCT13008 (or OCC13005 and OCCT13006)

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 No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Bundaberg
Rockhampton

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 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Research Proposal 50%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Presentation 20%
4. Case Study 0%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.5% 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: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students highly valued the knowledge and resources they gained from the specialist intensive modules.
Recommendation
It is recommended that we continue to provide specialist intensive modules in the final term of the CB84 course to support student readiness for professional practice.
Action Taken
The same three specialist intensive modules were provided to students, with modifications as a result of COVID-19 conditions.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students highly valued the approachability, availability and responsiveness of the unit co-ordinator.
Recommendation
Support from the lecturer is particularly important in intensive capstone units, and continuing to be available and responsive to student needs will be important to future unit offerings.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator worked hard to ensure availability was optimised (e.g., adding drop-in Zoom sessions as needed, responding quickly to questions in Moodle), and this received positive comment in "Have Your Say"
Source: Have Your Say; verbal feedback from students.
Feedback
The one week period between due dates of the first two assessment pieces prevented feedback from the first assignment being incorporated into the second assignment.
Recommendation
It is recommended that due dates for assignment 1 and 2 be scheduled at least 3 weeks apart to allow feedback from assignment 1 to be incorporated into assignment 2.
Action Taken
The due dates for the assessment pieces were modified accordingly and appeared to work well.
Source: Have Your Say; verbal feedback from students; verbal feedback from industry partners; teaching team and unit co-ordinator reflections.
Feedback
The hypothetical nature of the research assignment made this module difficult for some students. Clinicians also indicated that it would be useful for students to have conducted the research rather than just propose it.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the honours process in CB84 be reviewed by the occupational therapy team along with wider discussions of curriculum content to determine whether revisions are warranted.
Action Taken
The provision of research activities in CB84 has been extensively reviewed at team, Course Committee and Curriculum Committee levels. Substantial course changes have been proposed and approved.
Source: Have Your Say; verbal feedback from students.
Feedback
Students noted an inequity in that most of the modules were presented from the Rockhampton campus, requiring Bundaberg students to travel if they wanted to attend in person.
Recommendation
It is recommended that guest lecturers rotate campus each year e.g., the home modifications lecturer might present in Rockhampton one year and in Bundaberg the next. We can aim to schedule two modules to be presented from each campus each term.
Action Taken
During COVID-19 conditions, all content was provided online, negating this consideration.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Students highly valued the knowledge and resources they gained from the specialist intensive modules.
Recommendation
It is recommended that we continue to provide specialist intensive modules in the final term of the CB84 course to support student readiness for professional practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say; occupational therapy team reflections and discussions
Feedback
It is possible that requiring students to propose an RCT research protocol is represents an unrealistically high expectation at this undergraduate honours level. Students requested a review of the research content taught throughout the CB84 course to ensure that expectations in this unit reasonably reflect prior student learning and that additional classes are provided for new content e.g., sample size calculations.
Recommendation
A full review of research teaching is underway, with CB84 transitioning to the ALLH honours research units, commencing for 3rd year students in Term 2 2022. This means that OCCT14002 will be offered in its present format on only two more occasions. It is recommended that, for these offerings, extra classes be added to the Research Module for OCCT14002 to accommodate the content that students reported to be challenging.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop client-centered, evidence-based intervention plans for clients in specialty areas
  2. Prepare research plans (including protocols and ethics applications) for projects that provide evidence to improve occupational therapy practice in specialist areas
  3. Communicate evidence orally to a wide range of stakeholders to improve occupational therapy practice in emerging or specialist areas.

Per NPC1301

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Research Proposal
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9