OCC421 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (16)


This subject is the final workplace learning subject students are required to complete as part of the occupational therapy course.  This subject builds on the two workplace learning subjects students have successfully completed in third year and the one workplace learning subject students have completed in fourth year.  In OCC421 students will be expected to achieve their practical entry-level occupational therapy practice competencies and be pro-active in implementing strategies to ensure these competencies are achieved.  Students will be required to be independent in their ability to practice reflectively, critically evaluate their practice, and critically reflect on their learning during the subject. Students will demonstrate independence in their professional reasoning, and will manage a small case load independently, consolidating their assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills.  Students will be required to pass the workplace learning placement and related assessment items to pass this subject. In this subject, students complete one supervised occupational therapy workplace learning experience. The workplace learning experience will last for eight weeks (which is approximately 270 hours on placement).  While on placement students will usually work full-time and work a nine-day fortnight such that students will usually have 36 days of placement in an eight-week period. To achieve a nine-day fortnight, students will usually have one day off every two weeks; however, public holidays during placement will count as a day off and replace the one-day off every two weeks. Hence on an eight-week placement students will usually have four days off (including public holidays).

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC421
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
(OCC320 and OCC321) or (OCC330 and OCC331)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critique and articulate the complexities of occupational therapy practice
  • be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication strategies when engaging with people, including clients and other health professionals
  • be able to demonstrate excellent behaviours essential to being a professional
  • be able to manage a case load expected of an entry-level occupational therapist as relevant to the placement setting independently
  • be able to implement and articulate well reasoned and appropriate enabling strategies
  • be able to evaluate and reason the effectiveness of the enabling strategies implemented for clients
  • be able to achieve a satisfactory rating for all competencies listed on the fieldwork assessment evaluation form
  • be able to critique the provision of occupational therapy services and suggest potential ways to develop practice
  • be able to identify personal goals and learning needs in relation to professional practice and describe strategies to achieve these goals and needs


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Advanced communication skills in practice
  • Professional behaviour
  • Assessment and enabling strategies
  • Advanced intervention planning and evaluation
  • Actively applying reflective practice
  • Portfolio development
  • Advanced workplace learning preparation
  • This subject will include one eight-week period of workplace learning (approximately 270 hours)

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 36 days duration. - Applying communication skills in practice - Professional behaviour - Assessment and enabling strategies - Intervention planning and evaluation - Inroduction to reflective practice - Evidencing practice competencies - Workplace learning preparation

Specialised Resources

Students will incur travel and accommodation costs associated with placement


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.