OCC5080 - Advanced professional practice - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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


Dr Lisa O'Brien

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Students will complete a range of on-line and workbook tasks while undertaking an 8 week, full time, fieldwork placement. In this placement they will 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. A learning contract developed in OCC5070 will be used to guide fieldwork learning. Fieldwork 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 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 occupational therapist as assessed through the SPEF-R;

2 Demonstrate autonomous and competent application of all stages of the occupational therapy process to the level expected of a new graduate in occupational therapy according to the Australian Minimum Competency Standards for New Graduate Occupational Therapists;

  1. Reflect, develop and critique personal and professional learning using a portfolio in preparation for professional accreditation, including opportunities for supervision and a plan for continual professional development that reflects a self-directed and life-long approach to learning;
  2. Implement, critique and evaluate strategies to effectively meet own learning needs using a learning contract;
  3. Provide effective occupational therapy service considering the broad political, legal and industrial issues in the workplace, profession and client group;
  4. Critique and devise strategies to address the change management processes, human resource management and service planning and delivery structures within an organization;
  5. Apply evidence-based occupational therapy theory to an area of practice;
  6. Critique professional issues arising contemporary practice as a result of organisational and team management, finance and partnering with consumer groups
  7. Critically analyse an occupational therapy intervention a client or group receives in the context of a client's total service provision from an agency or organisation.


Fieldwork comprises 4.5 days per week for 8 weeks. Fieldwork will require students to travel to fieldwork locations. These may be near or away from the campus. It is possible that this placement could be undertaken anywhere in the world subject to the standard of supervision as well as legal requirements as the accompanying teaching and learning activities are completed online.


  • Written portfolio of fitness to practice (2,000 words) (25%)
  • Oral portfolio & defence (20%)
  • Completion of on-line discussion group and Zoom meeting tasks (2 x 5 minute presentations and 2 x peer reviews of a presentation) (20%)
  • Critical appraisal of evidence (3,000 words) (20%)
  • Case study (2,000 words) (15%)

Workload requirements

Students will complete full time fieldwork for 4.5 days per week (33 hours) for 8 weeks plus self directed on-line learning tasks (4 hours per week) to support networking with peers.

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/dates/census) for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units are different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching datesFaculty's non-standard teaching dates (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/enrolments/non-standard-dates.html) page to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/change/add-or-discontinue-units#penalties).

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