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.


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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 2 - 2023 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. 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 77.27% 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
Students highly valued the knowledge and resources they gained from the specialist intensive modules.
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 specialist modules continued, with high student engagement noted.
Source: Have Your Say; occupational therapy team reflections and discussions
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.
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
Extra support was provided in the form of individual consultations, Moodle discussions, and additional resources.
Source: "Have your say"; informal student feedback; staff observation.
Students found the specialist modules useful and engaging.
It is recommended the specialist modules continue in their current form.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say"
Students felt underprepared for the research assessments.
It is recommended that the research component be reviewed and revised to ensure students are provided with sufficient structure and content to manage the assessment requirements; this should include a change in assessment structure to incorporate a formative assessment task aimed at facilitating the development of the research proposal.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say"; staff observation.
Students required more timely return of assessment tasks.
It is also recommended that the assessment tasks be reviewed and revised as required to ensure a smooth transition between assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Source: "Have your say"; staff reflection.
Students did not adequately understand the purpose and requirements of the quizzes.
It is recommended that all assessment items, including the quizzes, be clearly described to students, including expectations for level of detail required.
Action Taken
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 10