OCCT14003 - Transition to Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop and integrate the knowledge, skills and values relevant to working as an occupational therapist in contemporary practice settings, while exploring essential skills for entry to practice, sustaining a healthy career and contributing to the future of the occupational therapy profession. Your focus will be on topics that students preparing to become new graduate occupational therapists need to consider, knowledge of which supports the transition from student to registered professional. Professional supports and resources such as those available from Occupational Therapy Australia are addressed, as well as the legal requirements of professional registration. You will develop your working knowledge of the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (AOTCS 2018), critically examining how these standards and criteria will be incorporated into your new graduate and early career practice.


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 Pre-requisite:  OCCT13009

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 1 - 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. Reflective Practice Assignment 25%
2. Portfolio 35%
3. Oral Examination 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`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 Unit Comments
Students commented that this unit is crucial for preparing for the workforce, helped along by organisation of the unit content and the Moodle site.
It is recommended that the essence of OCCT14003 remains captured in the new design and online delivery in T1 from 2023 onwards.
Action Taken
The majority of content as well as the sequence of content, was kept similar to 2022 and previous offerings in the online 2023 delivery.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments & SUTE Teacher evaluations
A few students commented that they wanted more comprehensive, individual feedback on their oral examination.
It is recommended that the Task Description for this assessment be modified for T1 2024 to ensure expectations about this assessment are clearer.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE Unit Comments & SUTE Teacher evaluations.
A few students commented that they would prefer the oral examination not to be scheduled whilst they are on clinical practicum.
It is recommended that a communique from the CB84 course and relevant unit coordinators on the OT academic team be sent to all students enrolled in OCCT14003 prior to term commencing, setting clear expectations about student loads and self-management in T1 across OCCT14003 and OCCT14007.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection OCCT14003 and liaison with Unit Coordinator OCCT12006. Assessment reflections from students in both OCCT14003 and OCCT12006.
The new assessment requiring Year 4 students to mentor Year 2 students throughout the term received positive feedback from both the Year 4 and Year 2 students.
It is recommended that the Year 4 - Year 2 mentoring experience and assessment continue in T1 2024.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the contemporary contextual factors in Australia influencing the provision of occupational therapy services.
  2. Justify a plan for reflective practice and for ongoing learning, support and mentoring following graduation.
  3. Appraise the relevant legal, ethical and professional reasoning principles applicable to professional practice situations for a new graduate and early career occupational therapist.
  4. Construct a professional portfolio focusing on professional identity and mentoring skills which will demonstrate the imminent transition from student occupational therapist to a registered, employed occupational therapist.

All four learning outcomes and associated content and assessments map to specific criteria across the four Standards (Professionalism, Knowledge and Learning, Occupational Therapy Process & Practice, Communication) within the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards 2018 (AOTCS 2018). 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Reflective Practice Assignment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Oral Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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