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OCCP3101: Practice Education 2

Intensive March, 2023 [Professional practice] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This second practice education unit provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge obtained in the first two years of the undergraduate degree to practice. This unit focuses on development of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes in a practice context. Students will engage in learning experiences which support the continued development of: therapeutic and professional communication, the ability to articulate and carry out the occupational therapy role within a designated practice context; and to implement aspects of the occupational therapy process as relevant to the context. A secondary focus of this unit is to support students confidence in their capacity to be self regulating learners within a practice context.

Unit details and rules

Unit code OCCP3101
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1168 and OCCP2105 and OCCP2101 and OCCP2102 and OCCP2103 and OCCP2104
Assumed knowledge

OCCP1101 and OCCP1102 and OCCP2091 and OCCP2089

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jo Lewis,
Lecturer(s) Jo Lewis,
Narelle Oste,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Placement hurdle task Letter of Introduction
Submission of a letter of introduction to placement site supervisor.
0% Week -01
Due date: 15 Feb 2023 at 23:59
1 page
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Placement hurdle task Placement Site Contact Form
Completed Placement Site Contact Form
0% Week -01
Due date: 15 Feb 2023 at 11:59
Completed form
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Placement hurdle task Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised (Second Edition) (SPEF-R2)
Evaluation of performance on placement.
0% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2023 at 23:59
Completion of midway and final form
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Placement hurdle task Timesheets
Accurate recording of placement and related hours.
0% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2023 at 23:59
Completed forms on Sonia
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Placement hurdle task SSHS Placement Quality Survey
Completed SHSS Placement Quality Form.
0% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2023 at 23:59
Completed form
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Learning Plan
Submission of a brief learning plan implemented on placement.
0% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2023 at 23:59
Completed template
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Clinical Placement Reflection
Reflection Topic: Lifelong learning
0% Week 07
Due date: 03 Apr 2023 at 23:59
750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Letter of Introduction: Students are required to contact their placement site with a letter of introduction using the template provided, and a covering email. Students are required to have a peer from their learning team audit the letter using the checklist provided prior to sending.  The letter is to be submitted on Canvas.

Site Contact Form: Students are required to have an exchange of information with their placement educator at the placement site, usually by phone (i.e., information must flow both ways). Students are required to report certain information from this exchange on the student to placement site contact form located on Sonia.  Students must indicate on Canvas that this task has been completed.

Timesheets: Students must maintain a timesheet in Sonia that accurately reflects all fieldwork attendance activities as per attendance requirements and timesheet guidelines. Entries must comply with the guidelines provided and submitted by the due date. Attendance records may be taken, and audits and verifications of hours entered in timesheets will be conducted. Falsely declaring information on attendance records or timesheets is unprofessional behaviour and may represent serious misconduct. Students are to declare on Canvas that they have met the required hours for the unit.

SSHS Placement Quality Form: Students are required to submit a Placement Quality Form, located on Sonia, at the conclusion of their placement.  Students must indicate on Canvas that this task has been completed.

Student Practice Evaluation Form – Revised (2nd edition): Using the SPEF-R2, students and educators will each evaluate students’ demonstration of professional skills, knowledge, and attributes during their clinical placement. This is completed midway through placement and at the end.  Students are required to submit the final SPEF-R2 (completed by their educator) to Canvas.

Learning Plan: Students are required to complete a learning plan (using a template) with two goals, following feedback from their mid-way SPEF-R2 evaluation.  This plan needs to be implemented, signed off by the placement supervisor and submitted to Canvas.

Clinical Placement Reflection: Student are required to submit a 750-word reflective task on the strategies they have developed on this placement to become a lifelong learner. It will be based on their learning plan and feedback from the SPEF-R2. This will be submitted to Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2021. In this unit, no marks are issued, but rather a Satisfied Requirements (SR) or Failed Requirements (FR) grade.  These results are defined as:

  • Satisfied Requirements (SR): To be awarded in units of study where student achievement is measured as a pass or fail only without a mark to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars established by the faculty.
  • Failed Requirements (FR): To be awarded in units of study where student achievement is measured either as Satisfied Requirements or Failed Requirements only, without a mark to students who, in their performance in assessment tasks, fail to demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard established by the faculty.

To receive a ‘Satisfied Requirements’ (SR) grade in this unit of study, students must complete all hurdle tasks to the appropriate standard and achieve a pass grade on the SPEF-R2. As this unit includes placement, students are reminded that the FMH Sydney School of Health Sciences Placement Provisions and FMH Professionalism Provisions 2019 will apply.

Irrespective of other performance in the unit, ‘Failed Requirements’ (FR) grade for the unit of study will be issued where a student breaches client/patient privacy or for other serious breaches of professional standards.

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Information about late penalties can be found in the University Coursework Policy 2021 and the University Assessment Procedures 2011. Late submissions could delay the processing of grades for OCCP3101 Practice Education 2 and possibly prevent enrolment and progression to OCCP3103 Practice Education 3 (May Intensive).

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
Multiple weeks Online tutorials during clinical placement to support student well being and learning. Tutorial (5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week -01 Preparation for Practice Education 2: Lifelong Learner; Reflective Practice; Integrating Theory and Practice; Client Centred Practice ; Professional Practice Lecture and tutorial (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Debrief Session for Practice Education 2 Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

This unit has minimum attendance requirements that include on-campus mandatory classes, placement attendance and self-directed learning. It is anticipated stduents will complete a minimum of 211 hours towards their compuslory 1000 hours of practice education during OCCP3101.  Failure to meet attendance requirements may prevent students from satisfactorily completing this unit of study.

  • Pre-placement and post-placement classes: These are interactive seminar and tutorial classes and attendance is mandatory (14 hours)
  • Placement attendance of 36-40 hours/week for 5 weeks: Students must attend placement every working day, five days per week, from the start date to the finish date of the placement notified in Sonia (200 hours)
  • Self-directed learning: It is expected that students will complete at least 4 hours self-directed learning in specific preparation for the placement they have been allocated, which may or may not be directed by the site. Additionally, students should complete self-directed learning to add to placement attendance to a minimum of 40 hours per week, for which completion of unit of study related tasks online and for assessments can be counted (4 hours).

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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There are no specific required textbooks for this unit. All resources will be provided through the OCCP3101 Canvas Page and links.

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 placement setting.
  • LO2. Develop professional strategies that enable life-long learning, inclusive of developing personal cultural capabilities.
  • LO3. Implement all aspects of the occupational therapy process, with appropriate supervision.
  • LO4. Articulate the role of the occupational therapist in thepractice setting.
  • LO5. Apply professional reasoning to guide the delivery of culturally safe health practices with reference to occupational therapy theory and evidence-based practice.

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

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

This is a new unit of study.

Work, health and safety

Verification: Students must meet all pre-placement requirements as outlined on the University of Sydney Clinical placements checks and clearances: (This includes all information relating to COVID-19 vaccinations as advised by NSW Health).  It is recommended that students regularly check their verfication status.  Failure to meet these requirements in accordance with communicated due dates may prevent you from being allocated to and/or completing a placement or placement unit of study irrespective of your enrolment status.

Declarations: 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 you from being allocated to and/or completing a placement or placement unit of study irrespective of your enrolment status.

WHS Induction: Consistent with New South Wales WHS legislation, you are required to complete a WHS induction within the first few days of placement, and if relevant, at any time your placement requires you to work in another setting.  This is an essential legal requirement to ensure that all risks are minimised for you, and others for whom you are responsible. The University has a duty of care to you to ensure you have been inducted appropriately.  Similarly, you are responsible for demonstrating that you are aware of and know how to manage risk appropriately. You should complete the WHS Checklist from Sonia.


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