OCC3062 - Participation community practice 1: Development - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 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

Chief examiner(s)

So Sin Sim


Ms Lisa Knightbridge

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


OCC3031 and OCC3041.


OCC3052. Must be enrolled in course M3001.


Drawing from theoretical material in OCC3052 Enabling Occupation II, students will work in collaboration with an agency to address a specific need while completing this participatory practice placement. Students will be allocated a project from an issue identified by the agency. Tthe first phase of project management begins with contacting the agency then collaborating with agency members to "scope" an organisationally useful, and occupationally relevant project or program. Students will function as project managers and will be required to liaise with a variety of stakeholders and to develop a project proposal that meets the needs and aims of the agency.


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

  1. Take responsibility for own attitudes and behaviour, by acknowledging prejudices, limitations, and lack of knowledge, and commitment to change and growth as a result of professional development, and reflective learning;
  2. Adopt an ethical and socially responsible approach to practice and practice based enquiry;
  3. Interact with consumers and carers in a fieldwork practice setting acknowledging their rights and using strategies to integrate their lived experience of health issues into service planning and delivery;
  4. Apply theoretical understanding of primary care, health promotion and population health in a practice setting;
  5. Describe the stages of program management;
  6. Undertake a needs analysis by scoping an organizationally useful and occupationally relevant project or program;
  7. Apply program management skills and function as a project manager and liaise with an organization to define a project;
  8. Share power in relationships with service providers, community leaders, consumers and carers, as demonstrated by the development of a partnership approach to service development and provision;
  9. Consult with service providers, community leaders, consumers and carers about their rights, service choices, and options;
  10. Share resources in a mutual educational process to facilitate decision making and advocacy about service choices, and options;
  11. Develop strategies to empower service providers, community leaders, consumers and carers to determine and set priorities for change; and
  12. Use findings of assessments/needs analyses to develop programs using best available evidence.


Fieldwork placement: 22 days.


  • Preliminary project proposal (2,000 words) (20%)
  • Project proposal (5,000 words) (60%)
  • Oral project presentation (30 minutes) (20%)


  • Attendance at 80% of placement and on-campus tutorial sessions including meetings with supervisors.
  • Successful completion of 22 day fieldwork placement as assessed through fieldwork timesheets, time use diary, Student Placement Evaluation Form - Revised (SPEF-R) and completion of reflective practice journal.
  • Submission of three project update reports.

Workload requirements

Fieldwork project placement in external agencies for the equivalent of 15 hours a week for 11 weeks/ 165 hours for the semester; 6-8 hours/week of private study; a total of 15 hours of on-campus workshops; and 6 supervision meetings with allocated Monash University fieldwork supervisor.

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