OCCT14002 - Specialisation in Occupational Therapy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This capstone 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 function as an autonomous, evidence-informed new graduate practitioner in 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 professional 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 the application of telehealth for motivational interviewing, a skill in facilitating client behavioural change applicable across caseloads.


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: OCCT13009 (or OCCT13008 or OCCT13005 and OCCT13006) and OCCT14003 

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%
3. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 40%

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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.57% 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: SUTE comments Informal student feedback Staff observation
Students felt well-supported by the structure of the unit and their interactions with the unit coordinator.
It is recommended that the unit retain a similar structure based around intensive modules and unit coordinator consultation, rather than the standard lecture/tutorial model.
Action Taken
The structure remained similar to previous offerings, with the retention of the three existing specialist modules. Removal of the research content allowed for the addition of two other specialist modules.
Source: SUTE comments Informal student feedback Staff reflection.
Students found the specialist modules to be useful and stimulating but have also identified further areas of clinical specialty that would be useful to include.
It is recommended that further clinical specialist modules be developed for this unit, e.g., advanced paediatric skills, hand therapy/advanced orthotics.
Action Taken
The CB84 academic team planning days in 2021 and 2022 allowed for preparation of a new Paediatrics module to include this year. The Motivational Interviewing Module from OCCT14003 was adapted and moved into OCCT14002 as part of the CB84 curriculum change.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments Report
Students who provided feedback have asked that content in a couple of the specialist modules (dementia and home assessment/modifications) be reviewed to ensure only new information is presented rather than a review of content from previous units.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator ask the specialist presenters of those modules to check content to ensure revision of material taught earlier in CB84 is minimised, allowing for more time to be spent on the new, graduate-level content.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments Report
Students would like even more rehearsal with interventions and practical applications across some modules.
It is recommended that opportunities to apply interventions to case scenarios be highlighted by the educators in the specialist modules.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise and synthesise available evidence in order to formulate best-practice assessment and intervention pathways.
  2. Formulate and synthesise best available evidence to develop and deliver written or oral presentations that are accessible to a wide range of stakeholders.
  3. Demonstrate effective motivational interviewing techniques that may facilitate behavioural change to support patient/client/consumer/participant health and wellbeing.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
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
8 - Ethical practice
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
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 10