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)Mr Drue Mortlock


Students consider their own role within human service organizations and apply and critique contemporary practice knowledge in leadership and management, supervision and mentoring, organizational behaviour, change management, organizational governance and service quality, professional development, and complex, program based multidisciplinary teams. The Unit will conclude with a conference that includes presentations of research and project work from students in Health Science Peninsula programs. Students will complete a range of on-line tasks while completing their fieldwork placement in the unit OCC4082.


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

  1. Identify personal strategies to effectively manage competing demands, work stress and avoid professional burnout.
  2. Plan and participate in a professional development forum and present research/project findings at a professional conference.
  3. Demonstrate advanced ability to relate occupational therapy theory with practice.
  4. Develop a plan for continual professional development that reflects a self-directed and life-long approach to learning.
  5. Identify opportunities for supervision and mentoring that will enhance practice.
  6. Demonstrate effective presentation skills in written, visual and verbal mode.
  7. Critically analyse the impact of health economics on current health care delivery in one service.
  8. Identify the processes of clinical governance in a healthcare organisation.
  9. Explain the different processes available in the broad human service system for managing consumer complaints and concerns about malpractice.
  10. Differentiate between the knowledge and skill required by effective leaders and effective managers.
  11. Evaluate the function of different layers of management within a human service organisation.
  12. Critique the change management processes, human resource management and service planning and delivery structures within an organization.
  13. Devise strategies to effectively work in inter-professional teams.


Online discussion group tasks (3,000 words) (30%)
Critical review (3,000 words) (30%)
Case study (2,000 words) (20%)
Conference abstract (250 words) (5%)
Conference presentation (20 minutes) (15%)

Hurdle: 100% attendance at all tutorials, practical skills sessions and seminars, unless a medical certificate is provided.

Workload requirements

Students are on fieldwork for 10 weeks (they start on O week) with online tasks threaded through from week 1. After the mid semester break, they are back on campus from week 10, with their final assessment task being a conference presentation in week 12.

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Chief examiner(s)

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



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