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 2015 (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 unit, students should 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.


Fieldwork placement: 2 days.


Summative tasks:
Disability experience (e.g., visual impairment, limited mobility) (2 hours) and disability experience reflective assignment (1,500 words) (20%)
Reflective journal (1,500 words) (20%)
Team building video assignment (in collaboration with physiotherapy students) (10%)
Outcomes of the occupational and activity analysis (2,000 words) (20%)
Class test (1 hour) (30%)

Hurdle tasks:
You are required to attend 100% of all scheduled unit tutorials;
Successful completion of fieldwork placement as assessed by standard fieldwork education forms, indicated by return of fieldwork placement documents: i) evaluation form signed by supervisor and student; ii) Student review of placement feedback questionnaire; and iii) time sheet signed by supervisor;
Demonstration of professional, courteous, and attentive behaviour at all times during tutorial, seminar, and practical skills sessions;
You are required to provide evidence of completing a Standard First Aid course;
You are required to provide evidence of compliance with FMNHS immunization policy requirements to Student Services;
You are required to provide evidence of Working with Children approval to Student Services;
You are required to provide evidence of Fit to Work / Police Check to Student Services.

Workload requirements

Lecture component: 2 hours per week, Tutorial/Practicum component: 2 hours per week, Fieldwork component: 2 days, Private study: 4 hours per week.

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Must be enrolled in course M3001.