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OCCP5240: Implementing Skills in OT Prof Practice

An extended fieldwork placement and intensive on-campus study provides students with the opportunity to consolidate, apply, and further develop their knowledge of occupational therapy practice, with a focus on graduate capabilities. Enabling participation lies at the core of all occupational therapy practice and students will have the opportunity to implement, monitor, and evaluate a range of strategies for an agreed caseload. As members of different interdisciplinary teams, students will have opportunities to engage in formal and informal inter-professional learning. This unit enables students to continue to build on learning gained through OCCP5237, OCCP5238 and OCCP5239 through the participation in a seven-week, supervised 36hr/week placement in a professional service setting.


Academic unit Participation Sciences
Unit code OCCP5240
Unit name Implementing Skills in OT Prof Practice
Session, year
Intensive August, 2020
Attendance mode Professional practice
Location Cumberland, Sydney
Credit points 9

Enrolment rules

OCCP5237 and OCCP5238 and OCCP5239 and OCCP5208 and OCCP5218 and OCCP5219
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Merrolee Penman,
Lecturer(s) Narelle Oste ,
Administrative staff For specific queries related to placement please contact Ru Matiu, Placement and WIL Officer: Overall unit queries should be directed to Sydney School of Health Sciences Learning and Teaching Administrative Unit at
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Student Placement Evaluation Form (SPEF-R)
Competency based evaluation completed by facilitator and student
0% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation hurdle task Continuing Professional Development Plan
Written assessment
0% Multiple weeks As per CPD template
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Professional Reasoning Case Study
Articulation (visual/audio) of professional reasoning
70% Multiple weeks 1 page poster & video recording (8 min)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5
Participation hurdle task Attendance requirements
Please see details under Attendance and Class Requirements
0% Ongoing As per instructions in CANVAS
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation group assignment Health Collaboration Challenge (HCC)
Video and abstract
0% Week 02
Due date: 19 Aug 2020 at 23:59
1 page abstract and team video
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Evaluation of Telehealth Implementation
Written assessment
30% Week 02
Due date: 10 Jul 2020 at 23:59
1250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Attendance Requirements: This unit has minimum attendance requirements that include placement, mandatory classes, active engagement in online discussions in learning teams, group and individual self-directed learning. Students are expected to log their attendance accurately as per the guidelines provided in Timesheets – attendances and absences module in Canvas.

Healthcare Collaboration Challenge: This assessment allows you to demonstrate to work collegially with other health professional students to develop and justify a management plan for a given client/patient.

Continuing professional development plan: Within the first two weeks of placement, students and supervisors will identify two goals and associated outcomes. For each of these, students will complete two activities, identifying the resources and implications for their practice as an occupational therapy student. The number of CPD hours completed in the course of the placement should also be included. This plan is to be implemented by the completion of the placement.

Student Placement Evaluation Form: Using the SPEF-R (provided electronically or in paper form), students and educators will independently rate students’ demonstration of core professional behaviours and skills during their off-campus placement. Students will arrange with their educators to review performance midway through the placement (approximately end of Week 4) and each will complete and then together discuss the entire assessment form near the end of the placement.  The educator will make their final recommendation for the Unit of Study Coordinator to review and determine the final result in relation to the placement expectations and unit learning outcomes.

Evaluation of Telehealth Implementation: This written assessment allows you to demonstrate your ability to evaluate the implementation of telehealth videoconferencing for a given case example.

Professional Reasoning Case Study: This written and video-based assessments allows you to demonstrate your ability to articulate and justify your reasoning.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

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

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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: 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 OCCP5240 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 9 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 180-225 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, self-management, therapeutic, and professional communication skills expected at a level of expected of an emerging to competent practitioner
  • LO2. implement all aspects of an occupational therapy process for an assigned caseload with appropriate supervision
  • LO3. evaluate the application of telehealth practices in occupational therapy practice
  • LO4. discuss the contributions of a range of health professions in meeting patient/client needs
  • LO5. clearly articulate and justify professional reasoning with reference to the Canadian Practice Process Framework and an occupational therapy model.

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
3.12 A Uses effective collaborative, multidisciplinary and interprofessional approaches for decision-making and planning
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 theoretical content of this unit has undergone significant changes based on the 2019 academic/student review. Changes to the placement calendar has enabled opportunities to provide alternative learning activities to assist students transition more easily to the higher levels of expectation in this placement unit. New assessments have been designed to assess achievement of learning outcomes.

Administrative and professional staff

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

Overall unit queries should be directed to Sydney School of Health Sciences Learning and Teaching Administrative Unit at

Work, health and safety

Students must also 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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