Course Outline

OCC402 Professional Issues in Occupational Therapy

Course Coordinator:Laura Burritt ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


You will develop an understanding of professional issues relevant to working as an occupational therapist in contemporary practice. The course will explore essential skills for entry to practice, specialised and emerging areas of practice, sustaining a healthy career and contributing to the future of the occupational therapy profession. You will understand registration procedures and the functions of OT Australia and focus on enhancing your readiness to enter practice. Activities will include professional development, career planning, mentoring and developing a professional ePortfolio.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Scheduled online workshop (not recorded) 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus interactive workshop (not recorded) 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Topics we will address in OCC402 (not necessarily in this order)

  • Business fundamentals

  • Readiness for practice

  • Mentoring and supervision

  • Professional registration and Association membership

  • Leadership, management and teamwork

  • Culturally inclusive practice

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1 Describe and evidence graduate-level professional competency. Empowered
1.3, 1.10, 1.12, 2.7
2 Support the development of self and others for the benefit of the profession and the wider community. Engaged
1.11, 1.14, 1.16, 2.6, 2.9, 2.10, 3.14
3 Demonstrate the ability to apply foundation business skills in the context of future practice. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.3, 1.8, 2.1
4 Communicate knowledge, experience and ideas clearly, coherently and ethically. Empowered
1.1, 1.2, 3.7, 4.1, 4.5
5 Adapt knowledge and skills to meet the needs of different individuals in a range of contexts. Empowered
1.5, 2.4, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1.1 Complies with the OTBA standards, guidelines and code of conduct
1.2 Adheres to legislation relevant to practice.
1.3 Maintains professional boundaries in all client and professional relationships
1.5 Practices in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner, with particular respect to culturally diverse client groups.
1.8 Adhere to all work health and safety, and quality requirements for practice.
1.10 Practices within limits of her/his own level of competence and expertise.
1.11 Maintains professional competence and adapts to change in practice contexts.
1.12 Identifies and uses relevant professional and operational support and supervision.
1.14 Recognises and manages her/his own physical and mental health for safe, professional practice.
1.16 Contributes to education and professional practice development of peers and students.
2.1 Applies current and evidence informed knowledge of occupational therapy and other appropriate and relevant theory in practice.
2.4 Understands and responds to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health philosophies, leadership, research and practices.
2.6 Maintains and improves currency of knowledge, skills and new evidence for practice by adhering to the requirements for continuing professional development.
2.7 Implements a specific learning and development plan when moving to a new area of practice or returning to practice.
2.9 Maintains knowledge of relevant resources and technologies.
2.10 Maintains digital literacy for practice.
3.7 Reflects on practice to inform and communicate professional reasoning and decision-making.
3.14 Contributes to quality improvement and service development.
4.1 Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively.
4.5 Complies with legal and procedural requirements for the responsible and accurate documentation, sharing and storage of professional information and records of practice.
4.8 Maintains professional collaborative relationships with clients, health professionals and relevant others.
4.9 Uses effective communication skills to initiate and end relationships with clients and relevant others.
4.10 Seeks and responds to feedback, modifying communication and/or practice accordingly.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


OCC401 and enrolled in Program SC440


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will be provided with early formative feedback on your assessment tasks during class time.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral and Written Piece Group 40%
10-12 slides
1200-1500 word script
10-12 minute presentation
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Portfolio Individual 40%
2500 words equivalent
Week 9 Online ePortfolio Submission
All 3 Written Piece Individual 20%
1500 words equivalent
Week 13 Online ePortfolio Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Program or Service Plan
You will work in a small group to develop a plan for a new program or service offering which meets the needs of a specific group or population.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
You will work in small groups to develop a plan and presentation.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Creation of a consumer profile
Selection and explanation of the proposed program or service
3 4
Link consumer need with program/service plan
Application of basic business and legal theoretical frameworks
3 4
Preparation of a professional presentation
Program or service is culturally responsive and culturally safe plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
3 5
All - Assessment Task 2:ePortfolio
You will create a comprehensive, coherent and independent exposition of your knowledge, skills and experience as a graduating occupational therapist.
Product: Portfolio
You will create a professional ePortfolio in PebblePad that includes four key components which, when combined and viewed as a whole, provide a clear picture of you as a new graduate occupational therapist.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Clear professional statement that links personal values with contemporary practice issues
1 4
Comprehensive and concise resume/ curriculum vitae
Credible and relevant evidence demonstrating competence for practice against the Australian
Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (2018)
A continuing professional development plan for your graduate year
Alignment across ePortfolio components
Consistent visual professional presentation that aligns with content and connects components
All - Assessment Task 3:StudentLink Mentoring
You will develop your mentoring skills by mentoring second-year students.
Product: Written Piece
You will participate in mentoring with second-year students during the semester. You will attend weekly meetings with your mentees at a scheduled time. Mentoring training and mentoring meetings are embedded in tutorial times. You will keep a mentoring portfolio in PebblePad that includes a list of the meeting topics, the actions and outcomes arising from the meeting and a brief reflection on your developing mentoring skills. You will provide verbal feedback to mentees on their progress towards their Learning Agreement and contribute to the midway and end of the mentoring feedback, which will be compiled by the academic team.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Completes mentoring preparation fully and on time
Promotes the development of mentee(s) identity as a healthcare student
2 5
Promotes the development of mentee(s) identity as an emerging health practitioner.
Provides constructive and objective written feedback to mentee(s)
Completes Mentoring Log clearly and professionally

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Ted Brown,Helen Bourke-Taylor,Stephen Isbel,Louise Gustafsson,Reinie Cordier 2021 Occupational Therapy in Australia 2nd Routledge
Recommended Tammy Richmond,Dave Powers 2009 Business Fundamentals for the Rehabilitation Professional 2nd ed SLACK Incorporated
Recommended Dunbar & Winston 2015 An Occupational Perspective on Leadership. Theoretical and Practical Dimensions 2nd SLACK Inc
Recommended Sonia Allan 2019 Law and Ethics for Health Practitioners n/a Elsevier

Specific requirements

​Students will need to access Canvas and PebblePad for all course requirements. 

Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas – not by email.  Other issues can be discussed with your course coordinator via appointment during the designated contact hours as specified on Canvas.  You are required to wear the USC OT uniform for any in-class presentations.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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