Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Annette Peart


The unit comprises 10 weeks of fieldwork placement followed by on campus debriefing tutorials. The unit provides students with the opportunity to develop, integrate and enhance their practice skills to reach an entry level of competence in occupational therapy prior to graduation. By the end of the fieldwork placement students will be managing a caseload of clients independently. A learning contract developed in OCC4081 will be used to guide fieldwork learning. A portfolio assessment will be used to encourage reflection, a self-directed approach to learning and to provide a record of professional competencies as these are developing.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviours at the level expected of a new graduate.
  2. Demonstrate effective time and workload management strategies.
  3. Document personal and professional learning using a portfolio in preparation for professional accreditation.
  4. Implement strategies to effectively meet own learning needs using a learning contract.
  5. Demonstrate autonomous and competent application of all stages of the occupational therapy process to the level expected of a new graduate in occupational therapy.
  6. Design and implement strategies for critical self reflection, evaluation and improvement of own professional practice.
  7. Develop strategies to provide effective occupational therapy service considering the broad political, legal and industrial issues in the workplace, profession and client group.
  8. Plan, implement and evaluate an occupational therapy service.
  9. Critique an organization's key performance indicators and service delivery directions.
  10. Devise strategies to overcome service delivery constraints to provide effective occupational therapy intervention for clients in a fieldwork agency.
  11. Demonstrate effective collaboration with other health professionals and health service providers.
  12. Select and critique occupational therapy interventions on the basis of best available evidence.


Fieldwork placement: 9 weeks.


Oral portfolio assessment (45 minutes) (50%)
Written portfolio assessment (50%)

Hurdle requirement:
100% attendance at tutorials, unless a medical certificate is provided.
Satisfactory completion of fieldwork placement as assessed through the Student Placement Evaluation Form - Revised (SPEF-R) (ungraded).

All hurdle requirements must be completed to pass this subject. Students who fail to meet a hurdle requirement will be offered alternative learning activity. Students who fail the fieldwork component of the unit will be required to repeat the unit. A maximum of one repeat placement will be provided.

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



OCC4071 or OCC4091. Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.