Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Helen Bourke-Taylor


Students will refine knowledge and skills in professional self management appropriate for practice as entry level occupational therapists. They will identify and document their learning needs for their final fieldwork placement and develop the ability to set objectives for personal practice development. Strategies for identifying and meeting individual professional development needs, the legal and ethical requirements for professional competency at graduate level, the role of the Accredited Occupational Therapist program and other systems of credentialing will be critiqued. The unit also includes content on recruitment and selection processes.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify a range professional support strategies that can be used to enhance professional practice;
  2. Devise a learning contract to guide learning activities;
  3. Explain the key elements of effective supervision and mentoring within occupational therapy professional practice;
  4. Demonstrate skill in giving effective professional feedback;
  5. Identify strategies and resources to support continuing professional education;
  6. Evaluate the knowledge and skills required for effective and ethical self promotion;
  7. Critique current professional issues that influence occupational therapy practice;
  8. Appraise the key requirements of the recruitment and selection process from both an employer and employee perspective;
  9. Compose an effective curriculum vitae and letter of application for a professional position ;
  10. Demonstrate skill in critical reflection;
  11. Appraise the role of professional standards guidelines and credentialing processes in professional practice.


Learning contract (200 words): 40%
Critical analysis (2500 words): 45%+ Peer evaluation of critical analysis (750 words): 15%
Attendance at 80% of seminars, participation in mock interview, interview with placement supervisor, peer evaluation of written task.

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Contact hours

12 hours of study per week consisting of 2 hours of lectures and 4 hours of seminar sessions on campus. An additional 6 hours of private study will be required to complete learning tasks, undertake research and to complete assessment tasks.


Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy