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OCCP5242: Reflexivity and OT Professional Practice

This unit includes an extended fieldwork placement and on-campus workshops to provide students with an opportunity to consolidate, apply and extend their knowledge of occupational therapy practice, with a focus on the range of competencies identified by OT Board of Australia needed to become a novice practitioner. This final fieldwork placement experience is focused on students developing independence and autonomy demonstrating the ability to manage a caseload approximating up to 80% of that expected of a new graduate in that specific position. Students will incorporate their fieldwork experiences into an exploration of reflexivity as a core capability in professional practice. . This unit enables students to continue to build on learning gained through OCCP5237, OCCP5238, OCCP5239 and OCCP5240 through the participation in a eight-week, supervised 40hr/week placement in a professional service setting.


Academic unit Participation Sciences
Unit code OCCP5242
Unit name Reflexivity and OT Professional Practice
Session, year
Intensive March, 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 Narelle Oste,
Administrative staff WIL Administrator, Email: OT Program Administrator, Email:
Type Description Weight Due Length
Placement hurdle task Continuing professional development plan
0% - 500-700 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Reflective practice report
Reflective report
70% - 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Assignment hurdle task Kawa-based reflection of fieldwork 4
30% - 1000 words (excluding references)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Placement hurdle task Student placement evaluation form
Summary and reflection
0% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Placement Simulated job application and interview
0% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
  • Kawa-based reflection of fieldwork 4: Using the Kawa cross-section drawn during the webinar and self- directed learning session to guide you, prepare a comprehensive written reflection in which you consider: the occupational therapy competencies you have mastered in your most recent fieldwork placement; which competencies you would like to focus on developing during your next fieldwork placement. 
  • Continuing professional development plan: Students will create a continuing professional development plan, using the modified Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA) template, and Australian Occupational Therapy Competency standards. The student will peer-review another student’s report and provide feedback. Students will complete a progress table with implications for practice.
  • Simulated Job Application and Interview: Students will submit a letter of application for the simulated position and their curriculum vitae. Then, a simulated interview will be conducted and assessed by an interview panel.
  • Student placement evaluation form: Students will meet with educators to discuss placement performance, and write a summary and reflection to complete the form.
  • Reflective practice report: Students will use their FW5 clinical placement experience and completed continuing professional development plan as the basis for a reflective report.

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.

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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 honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Formal exam period Debriefing Field trip (2 hr)  
Week 01 reflection and introduction to the Kawa model Online class (2 hr)  
Week 02 Class activities will be based on content covered in self-directed learning activities. Online class (2 hr)  
Week 04 Part of the interactive sessions will focus on preparation for Assessment Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 05 Briefing for FW5 Field trip (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance requirements: Attendance at preparation and debriefing sessions is mandatory. Students who do not attend the class(es) will be required to undertake alternative learning tasks within specified timeframes. Students are required to complete 320 hours over eight weeks in an off-campus placement. Students must attend placement every working day, five days per week, from the start date to the finish date. Attendance is not required on a public holiday. Students are not entitled to accrue days off.

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.

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 workplace settings
  • LO2. generalise self-management skills to enable achievement of entry level competency and identify ongoing professional development needs
  • LO3. implement evidence-based occupational therapy process, with appropriate supervision, for an agreed workload
  • LO4. critically reflect on your ability to manage the transition from occupational therapy student to registered practitioner.

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
Students feedback from UoS Survey has been reviewed and considered.

Work, health and safety

Consistent with New South Wales Work, Health and Safety legislation, you are required to complete a Work, Health and Safety induction within the first few days of your placement, and if relevant, at any time you attend to work in another setting. Students must complete the Work, health and safety checklist form in Sonia no later than the end of the first week of placement.


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