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OCCP3065: Professional Practice IIIB

Intensive May, 2021 [Professional practice] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

To become a competent occupational therapy practitioner, students need to be able to integrate theory and practice in context and become skilled in applying the occupational therapy process for an agreed caseload. Continuing to build on OCCP1100 Professional Practice I, OCCP2086 Professional Practice II and OCCP3061 Professional Practice IIIA, all of which focus on professional development in contexts, students will participate in a seven-week, supervised full time experience within a professional service setting.

Unit details and rules

Unit code OCCP3065
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 12
OCCP1096 and OCCP1097 and OCCP1098 and OCCP1099 and OCCP1100 and OCCP2084 and OCCP2085 and OCCP2086 and OCCP2087 and OCCP2088 and BIOS1168
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Melanie Aley,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Placement hurdle task Student practice evaluation form-revised
Professional experience placement
0% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Continuing professional development plan and report
Discussion, form and reflection
0% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Participation hurdle task Participation in the community of learning
0% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Inter-professional learning activities
Worksheets, reflection and short answer
0% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Continuing professional development plan: In this assessment task students will gain and demonstrate skills in creating and implementing a continuing professional development plan under the guidance of their supervisors. Students will use templates modified from those provided by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia for professionals registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. You must complete all the assessment tasks to pass the entire unit. Failure to complete any assessment item will result in you being awarded a Fail grade, regardless of your cumulative marks in the unit of study
  • Student practice evaluation form-revised: Using the form, students and educators will each evaluate students’ demonstration of professional skills, knowledge and attributes during their placement.
  • Inter-professional learning activities: In this assessment task, students will demonstrate their developing knowledge, skills and attitudes for working in a multidisciplinary or interprofessional team engaging in interprofessional learning opportunities on placement.
  • Participation in the community of learning: Throughout the unit, students will demonstrate active engagement and participation in their own learning and that of their peers. Students will complete all required learning activities and actively participate in all learning activities. Students will consistently make active and constructive contributions to the community of learning, whether online in Canvas discussions or in person. This includes that students will regularly post meaningful discussions to Canvas, responding to each topic set. Students will provide meaningful and constructive feedback to peers and educators throughout the unit and learning activities.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

As this unit includes placement components, students are reminded that the FMH Sydney School of Health Sciences Placement Provisions apply. An automatic fail will be awarded for any assessment item where a student breaches client/ patient privacy.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see

As this unit includes placement components, students are reminded that the FMH Sydney School of Health Sciences Placement Provisions apply. 

An automatic fail will be awarded for any assessment item where a student breaches client/ patient privacy.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 02 1. Introduction to unit and expectations; 2. Supervisor expectations Seminar (3 hr)  
1. Case study/case conference; 2. Interprofessional learning; 3. Transition to placement Tutorial (6 hr)  
Week 03 1. Work health and safety; 2. Relationship building Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 04 Continuing professional development planning Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 05 Interprofessional learning Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 06 Midway review and continuing development Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 07 Therapeutic relationships and managing self Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 08 Peer learning and resources Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 09 Final review and continuing development Clinical practice (40 hr)  
Week 10 Post-placement peer learning class Seminar (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

This unit has minimum attendance requirements that include placement, on-campus mandatory classes, active engagement in online discussions in learning teams, group and individual self-directed learning.
Guidelines for the minimum hours per activity type, total minimum hours and mandatory sessions are outlined in the OCCP3065 Canvas site ( Failure to meet and accurately log minimum attendance requirements will prevent students from satisfactorily completing the unit of study. Students are required to log their attendance accurately and in a timely manner (within one week of each activity) in a Sonia timesheet, according to the guidelines provided. Attendance records are taken for classes and may be checked against Sonia records.
Instructions on when to apply for special arrangements or special considerations in relation to placement attendance are also available in this section. Due to the design of this placement unit, the special considerations option of ‘new or varied placement’ may not be able to be accommodated.


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 12 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 240-300 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There is no single prescribed text for this unit of study. Students are encouraged to read widely around the topic of professional/clinical reasoning and most occupational therapy texts now include one or more chapters on this topic.
Relevant codes of conduct and ethical practice can be found on the WIL Canvas site, Occupational Therapy page:

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate professional behaviours appropriate to the expectations of the university and fieldwork settings
  • LO2. generalise self-management skills to optimise opportunities for learning
  • LO3. apply professional reasoning to guide decisions and recommendations
  • LO4. demonstrate developing knowledge, skills and attitudes for working in a multidisciplinary or interprofessional team
  • LO5. implement all aspects of the occupational therapy process, with appropriate supervision.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Australian occupational therapy competency standards 2018 -
Competency code Taught, Practiced or Assessed Competency standard
1.1 A Complies with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia’s standards, guidelines and Code of conduct
1.10 A Practises within limits of her/his own level of competence and expertise
1.11 A Maintains professional competence and adapts to change in practice contexts
1.12 A Identifies and uses relevant professional and operational support and supervision
1.13 A Manages resources, time and workload accountably and effectively
1.14 A Recognises and manages her/his own physical and mental health for safe, professional practice
1.16 A Contributes to education and professional practice development of peers and students, and
1.17 A Recognises and manages any inherent power imbalance in relationships with clients.
1.2 A Adheres to legislation relevant to practice
1.3 A Maintains professional boundaries in all client and professional relationships
1.4 A Recognises and manages conflicts of interest in all client and professional relationships
1.5 A Practises in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner, with particular respect to culturally diverse client groups
1.6 A Incorporates and responds to historical, political, cultural, societal, environmental and economic factors influencing health, wellbeing and occupations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
1.7 A Collaborates and consults ethically and responsibly for effective client-centred and interprofessional practice
1.8 A Adheres to all work health and safety, and quality requirements for practice
1.9 A Identifies and manages the influence of her/his values and culture on practice
2.1 A Applies current and evidence-informed knowledge of occupational therapy and other appropriate and relevant theory in practice
2.10 A Maintains digital literacy for practice.
2.2 A Applies theory and frameworks of occupation to professional practice and decision-making
2.3 A Identifies and applies best available evidence in professional practice and decision-making
2.5 A Maintains current knowledge for cultural responsiveness to all groups in the practice setting
2.6 A Maintains and improves currency of knowledge, skills and new evidence for practice by adhering to the requirements for continuing professional development
2.7 A Implements a specific learning and development plan when moving to a new area of practice or returning to practice
2.8 A Reflects on practice to inform current and future reasoning and decision-making and the integration of theory and evidence into practice
2.9 A Maintains knowledge of relevant resources and technologies, and
3.1 A Addresses occupational performance and participation of clients, identifying the enablers and barriers to engagement
3.10 A Reviews, evaluates and modifies plans, goals and interventions with the client and relevant others to enhance or achieve client outcomes
3.11 A Evaluates client and service outcomes to inform future practice
3.13 A Uses appropriate assistive technology, devices and/or environmental modifications to achieve client occupational performance outcomes, and
3.14 A Contributes to quality improvement and service development.
3.2 A Performs appropriate information gathering and assessment when identifying a client’s status and functioning, strengths, occupational performance and goals
3.3 A Collaborates with the client and relevant others to determine the priorities and occupational therapy goals
3.4 A Develops a plan with the client and relevant others to meet identified occupational therapy goals
3.5 A Selects and implements culturally responsive and safe practice strategies to suit the occupational therapy goals and environment of the client
3.6 A Seeks to understand and incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ experiences of health, wellbeing and occupations encompassing cultural connections
3.7 A Reflects on practice to inform and communicate professional reasoning and decision-making
3.8 A Identifies and uses practice guidelines and protocols suitable to the practice setting or work environment
3.9 A Implements an effective and accountable process for delegation, referral and handover
4.1 A Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively
4.10 A Seeks and responds to feedback, modifying communication and/or practice accordingly, and
4.11 A Identifies and articulates the rationale for practice to clients and relevant others.
4.2 A Adapts written, verbal and non-verbal communication appropriate to the client and practice context
4.4 A Uses culturally responsive, safe and relevant communication tools and strategies
4.5 A Complies with legal and procedural requirements for the responsible and accurate documentation, sharing and storage of professional information and records of practice
4.6 A Maintains contemporaneous, accurate and complete records of practice
4.7 A Obtains informed consent for practice and information-sharing from the client or legal guardian
4.8 A Maintains collaborative professional relationships with clients, health professionals and relevant others
4.9 A Uses effective communication skills to initiate and end relationships with clients and relevant others

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Students were positive about placement experiences and academic support, so these aspects will be maintained. Clearer communication around assessment tasks will be provided based on student feedback.

For specific queries related to placement please contact
Ru Matiu, Placement and WIL Officer:

Work, health and safety

Students must meet all pre-placement requirements as outlined on the University of Sydney Course-specific Checks and Clearances website ( Further, students must have an up-to-date declaration (in Sonia) that they have read and understood key documents related to privacy and confidentiality, codes of conduct, NSW Health policies and general communication/email etiquette. Failure to meet these requirements may prevent a student from being allocated to, and/or completing a placement or placement unit of study irrespective of their enrolment status and may thereby be unable to meet mandatory attendance requirements.
When considering applications and appeals relating to these matters, it will be assumed that students understand their academic responsibilities and are familiar with these key policies and procedures.
Consistent with New South Wales WHS legislation, students are required to complete a WHS induction within the first few days of placement, and if relevant, at any time they attend to work in another setting. This is an essential legal requirement to ensure that all risks are minimised for students and others for whom student are responsible. The university has a duty of care to you to ensure students have been inducted appropriately and similarly students are responsible for demonstrating that they are aware of and know how to manage risk appropriately.


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