OCCT14003 - Transition to Professional Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This capstone unit will provide you with the opportunity to examine, develop and evaluate your attributes and professional behaviours that, while not explicitly part of the profession's core knowledge and technical skills, are the professional skills required to function as a registered occupational therapist. You will have the opportunity to reflect and evaluate on and evaluate the professional socialisation that has occurred during your formal academic education and practice education, exploring the translation of that professionalism to the complex and dynamic professional sectors in which you may find yourselves practicing. Regulatory requirements for professional practice will be investigated, in addition to consolidating knowledge about the professional and competency standards expected of a new graduate registered health practitioner.


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


OCCT13006  Professional Practice 1

OCCT13005 Professional Practice 2

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 1 - 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. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 45%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 30%
3. Portfolio 25%

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 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 68.18% 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 and in-class feedback.
The unit content and guest speakers were consistently highighted as a strength of this unit.
It is recommended that the content remain for the 2021 offering and a similar range of guest speakers will be asked to engage with the unit.
Action Taken
The content of the unit remained similar in 2021, with contemporary updates on topics such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). A range of key stakeholders and consumer guest speakers engaged with students in OCCT14003 in 2021.
Source: Have Your Say and in-class feedback.
The motivational interviewing assessment and the job portfolio assessment were highlighted as particularly valuable learning experiences.
It is recommended that both assessment pieces remain for the 2021 offering.
Action Taken
The assessment pieces remained unchanged, although the timing of assessments was adjusted to meet student requirements and to fit in with the two other OCCT capstone units.
Source: Have Your Say
It was identified that T2 2020 saw some overlap between OCCT14003 and OCCT14004 content, specifically on the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (AOTCS) 2018 and working in teams.
It is recommended that this be discussed and resolved at the Occupational Therapy Curriculum Planning Day in December 2020.
Action Taken
The perceived overlap was identified and discussed at the December 2020 curriculum planning day with slight changes made to OCCT14004 accordingly.
Source: Have Your Say
A number of students provided feedback that the reflective portfolio was too onerous and there is too much emphasis on grading reflective practice.
It is recommended that this assessment piece be revised to include more practical elements authentic to new graduate practice e.g. having the students develop their CPD plan and portfolio.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Communicate a clear understanding of contemporary contextual factors in Australia influencing the provision of occupational therapy services
  2. Construct a plan for reflective practice and for ongoing learning, support and mentoring following graduation
  3. Critically apply relevant legal, ethical and professional reasoning principles to professional practice situations at the level of a beginning registered occupational therapist
  4. Prepare a professional portfolio to facilitate the transition from student occupational therapist to a registered, employed occupational therapist.

The new unit overview, unit learning outcomes and assessment pieces are aligned with requirements in the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (AOTCS) 2018.  These competency standards acknowledge the diversity of roles and contexts that currently exist in occupational therapy practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Portfolio
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
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
1 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Portfolio