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.
|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|
Topics we will address in OCC402 (not necessarily in this order)
Readiness for practice
Mentoring and supervision
Professional registration and Association membership
Leadership, management and teamwork
Culturally inclusive practice
400 Level (Graduate)
|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.||
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.||
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.||
Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.3, 1.8, 2.1
|4||Communicate knowledge, experience and ideas clearly, coherently and ethically.||
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.||
1.5, 2.4, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10
|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.|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
OCC401 and enrolled in Program SC440
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
You will be provided with early formative feedback on your assessment tasks during class time.
|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|
2500 words equivalent
|Week 9||Online ePortfolio Submission|
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.
|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.
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.
|All - Assessment Task 3:StudentLink Mentoring|
You will develop your mentoring skills by mentoring second-year students.
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.
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. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
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.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|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|
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.
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