OCC1011 - Professional issues - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy


Associate Professor Ted Brown

Mr Luke Robinson

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • 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.


This unit will provide students with the skills necessary to describe the role of an occupational therapist as distinct from other health professionals. Students will learn to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and beginner's competency with specific early clinical skills. The unit will support students to 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.


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

Theme 1: Personal and Professional Development

  1. describe ethical and legal issues pertinent to a practicing occupational therapist;
  2. demonstrate effective communication and interview skills for practice;

    Theme 2: Population Society and Health

  3. consider concepts of disability and appreciate the impact of disability upon the individual;

    Theme 4: Applied Practice

  4. develop competent pre-clinical skills in client handling, equipment use and prescription, and the correct use of mobility techniques;
  5. examine safety and basic infection control issues in the workplace;
  6. apply task and activity analysis to the occupational therapy practice context.



  • Disability experience reflective assignment (2,000 words) (20%)
  • Team building video assignment (in collaboration with physiotherapy students) (20%)
  • Professional Issues Essay (2,000 words) (20%)
  • Class tests x 2 (2 x 1 hour) (20% each x 2 = 40%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Attendance at 80% of unit tutorials, practical skills sessions and seminars is required to pass this unit.
  • Completion of disability experience (e.g., visual impairment, limited mobility) (2 hours).
  • Professional conduct: Students are required to demonstrate professional behaviour in communication (written or verbal) with department staff and clinical educators in order to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

Lecture component: 2 hours per week, Tutorial/Practicum component: 2 hours per week, Private study: 8 hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in course M3001.