Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy


Ms Annette Peart



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit focuses on the skills required for professional self-management appropriate for entry-level occupational therapists. Guest speakers from the occupational therapy profession will discuss topics such as career progression, medico-legal aspects of practice, professional association and registration requirements. Strategies for identifying and documenting learning needs in readiness for a final fieldwork placement will be covered. Students will also critique professional competencies and set objectives for professional development. The unit also includes content on career planning and recruitment processes.


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

  1. Examine their capacity to practice with regard to the OT Australia Minimum Competency Standards for New Graduate Occupational Therapists;
  2. Identify a range of professional support strategies that can be used to enhance professional practice;
  3. Create a professional development plan for their final year fieldwork placement;
  4. Apply critical reflection skills, including giving effective feedback;
  5. Critique current professional issues that influence occupational therapy practice.


Learning contract (2,000 words) (40%)
Critical analysis (2,500 words) (45%)
Peer evaluation of critical analysis (750 words) (15%)
Attendance at 100% of seminars, participation in mock interview, interview with placement supervisor (if applicable), unless a medical certificate is provided.
Peer evaluation of written task.

Workload requirements

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.

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Must be enrolled in course M3001.