OCCTH 3002 - Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

In this clinical placement, students will integrate occupational therapy theoretical knowledge with practical skills. The focus of this placement is the development of core occupational therapy skills and the demonstration of abilities in data gathering, intervention/ program planning, implementation and evaluation, recording and reporting. Practicing these skills in a sensitive, ethical and professional manner will also be required. Students are expected to describe and apply reasoning processes, including relevant conceptual and professional practice theories and frameworks, and demonstrate effective communication and self-management skills. Professional accreditation requires a minimum level of clinical exposure, therefore attendance at professional placements will contribute to meeting this requirement for professional recognition as an Occupational Therapist.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code OCCTH 3002
    Course Occupational Therapy Clinical Practice A
    Coordinating Unit Occupational Therapy
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 38 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites OCCTH 3001 and OCCTH 3007
    Corequisites OCCTH 3000
    Restrictions Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)
    Assessment Continuous clinical assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Tina Caruso

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emma George
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3122
    Email: emma.george@adelaide.edu.au
    Location Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Conduct self in a professional manner.
    2 Demonstrate effective self-management skills.
    3 Communicate effectively within the workplace.
    4 Communicate effectively with service users and significant others.
    5 Develop and maintain appropriate documentation.
    6 Demonstrate effective information gathering skills.
    7 Develop, manage and conduct effective service provision.
    8 Demonstrate effective evaluation skills.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    4, 6, 7, 8

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 6, 7, 8

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 7

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3, 4, 7

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None specified
    Recommended Resources
    None specified
    Online Learning
    On-line activities will support learning activities
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This is a simulated placement course.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Simulated placements will cover a breadth of practice areas.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Continuous clinical assessment using the SPEF-R2 Summative
    (hurdle requirement)
    100% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Safe and professional practice is a hurdle requirement. Students must engage in safe and professional practice at all times. Students will be provided with one warning if this occurs and any second incident will result in exclusion from the remainder of the placement and a zero grade will be recorded.

    Students are required to complete a timesheet to show evidence of attendance for all allocated placement hours, which is signed by their supervisor and submitted as part of their continuous assessment.

    Pre-requisite rules: Students must have passed Enabling Change: MSK Neuro and Enabling Change: Children and Families

    Co-requisite rules: Students must be enrolled in or have passed the following courses: Enabling Change: Mental Health
    Assessment Detail
    Continuous Clinical Assessment using the Student Practice Evaluation Form Revised (SPEF-R2):
    Clinical competency is assessed by satisfactory performance (i.e. score of ≥2) in all items of the SPEF-R2. The SPEF-R2 is a criterion referenced assessment that emphasises formative and summative assessment. Students will receive weekly feedback from a practice educator during placement. Use of the SPEF-R2 does not accumulate scores, and students will receive a non-graded pass.
    Assessments will be submitted and marked online via My Uni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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