Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ted Brown


In this unit students begin to describe the role of an occupational therapist as distinct from other health professionals. Students demonstrate appropriate professional behaviours and apply these to a practice through a fieldwork component. Students develop an awareness of the legal, cultural and ethical issues of practice and begin to understand and articulate some of the challenges faced by clients/consumers of health services. Students demonstrate a beginning competence with some early clinical skills applicable to fieldwork


Upon successful completion of this subject students will be able to:

Theme 1 Personal and Professional Development

  1. explain the role of an occupational therapist
  2. explain the role of other health professionals within a team and how interdisciplinary teams function to provide optimal client care
  3. identify the characteristics that distinguish ideal professional behaviour
  4. describe ethical and legal issues pertinent to a practicing occupational therapist.
  5. demonstrate effective communication and interview skills for practice
  6. articulate strategies to apply when communication requires cross cultural sensitivity and understanding
Theme 2 Population Society and Health
  1. consider concepts of disability and appreciate the impact of disability upon the individual
  2. describe challenges and barriers likely to confront a person with a disability and how these affect participation in the community
Theme 4 Applied Practice
  1. develop a beginning competency in pre clinical skills of client handling skills, basic skills in equipment use and prescription and correct use of mobility techniques
  2. examine safety issues in the workplace and outline standard emergency and infection control procedures
  3. describe different methods of recording and reporting medical information and the role of professional records for communication
  4. explain appropriate interaction with an interpreter and identify criteria that indicate when an interpreter should be used
  5. apply task and activity analysis to the occupational therapy practice context


1. Students complete a two hour disability experience (e.g., visual impairment, limited mobility) to gain insights into some of the environmental, physical, social, and attitudinal challenges that the clients they work with may experience in their day-to-day lives. Students will complete a 1000 word disability experience reflective assignment - 10%

2. Students will be introduced to the use of writing reflectively through the use of a reflective journal and complete a 1000 word paper. A 500 word reflective journal entry will be completed for each clinical day of fieldwork education completed to record learning in practice - 10%

3. Students will be introduced to some early clinical skills and core concepts of professionalism in the unit. A 2 hour written examination will be used to assess these skills - 50%

4. Students will explore occupational and activity analysis, using both qualitative (occupational story telling) methods and objective methods (observation and activity analysis) for analysing productive occupations. Students in pairs will interview an adult and analyse a meaningful activity they carry out in their home or in their immediate community - 30%

Details of hurdle assessment tasks:
All hurdle assessment tasks are required assessments for successful completion of this unit. If students fail to complete any hurdle requirements they will be asked to undertake further supplementary assessment to meet the hurdle requirement. The hurdle task requirements for this unit are; 1) You are required to attend 80% of tutorials; and 2) Completion of review quizzes in tutorial sessions.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Ted Brown

Contact hours

Lecture component: 2 hours per week; Tutorial/Practicum component 2 hours per week; Fieldwork component 2 days; Private Study, 4 hours per week:


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.