OCC2013 - Introduction to occupational therapy professional practice - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Ted Brown


Dr Eli Chu
Dr Mong-Lin Yu

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


OCC1012, OCC1021, OCC1032, OCC1022, BMA1902


Must be enrolled in course M3001.

Taken concurrently or post completion of:


This unit will prepare students for professional practice education and includes clinical reasoning in relation to the practice activities they engage in and observe. Students will apply theoretical knowledge to the practice environment, learn to gather relevant client information, demonstrate client-centred

practice principles, and demonstrate basic documentation skills (including progress notes, intervention goals and objectives). Students will gain experience in critiquing assessment tools that occupational therapists use in a practice context.

Students will complete two weeks (four days per week) of simulated clinical placement to develop self-management skills; communication skills with clients, co-workers and other stakeholders; information gathering, documentation skills; ability to work in a team; client centred and reflective practice skills. Students will be provided with feedback and guided to reflect on and in practice within both academic and clinical contexts.

Students will also reflect on their participation in a community-based experience to further understand human occupation and community services available.


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

  1. Describe and apply the principles of client-centred practice, the clinical reasoning process and key theoretical models of human occupation related to the occupational therapy practice settings.
  2. Explain the role and contribution of different health professionals within a team.
  3. Use self-reflection practices and constructive feedback to modify behaviour.
  4. Select, administer, appraise and critique assessment tools and assessment methods used in occupational therapy practice.
  5. Demonstrate proficient information gathering, professional documentation and technical skills related to occupational therapy practice in clinical settings (including simulated environments).
  6. Demonstrate respectful and professional behaviour in both academic and clinical environments including health care team members, consumers, carers, fieldwork supervisors, and academic staff.
  7. Apply knowledge of occupational science, social and community participation /inclusion to understand the role of health , social or community services in occupational participation through engagement in community based experience.


Simulated clinical placement (8) days (64 hours) and 20 hours of community-based experience


  • Review, critique and comparison of two clinical assessment tools (10 minutes + 3 minutes Q&A, oral presentation and demonstration in pairs; 1000 word written summary, critique and reference list) (30%)
  • Report writing assignment (1500 words) (30%)
  • Simulated clinical fieldwork workbook (3000 words) (40%)


  • Attendance at 80% of seminars, practicums is required to pass the unit
  • Submission of Human Library reflection to satisfactory standards
  • Attend simulated clinical placement briefing
  • Satisfactory Completion of 8 days of simulated clinical placement as evaluated from modified SPEF-R
  • Completion and submission of SPEF-R, time sheet and Student Review of Placement for simulated clinical placement
  • Completion of reflective journal to satisfactory standard (1000 words)
  • Participation in a Community based Volunteering Experience and submission of timesheet documenting hours

Workload requirements

6 hours of teacher directed learning including 3.5 hours of scheduled classes, and 6 hours of self-directed study.

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