OCC430 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 3 (Honours) (12)


This subject builds on the two workplace learning subjects students have successfully completed in third year.  In OCC430 Students will be expected to work towards entry-level occupational therapy practice competencies and become involved in management tasks related to their practice setting.  Students will be required to be competent in their ability to practice reflectively, critically evaluate their practice, and critically reflect on their learning during the subject. Students will demonstrate a greater degree of independence in their professional reasoning compared with their third year placements, and will manage their own case load with minimal supervision, 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 250 hours on placement).  While on placement, if the student is on target to achieve performance competencies then the students is entitled to one day off a fortnight in the first half of the placement and one day off a week in the second half of placement to focus on their honours work.  Public holidays during placement will count as a day off and replace the one-day off a fortnight in the first half of placement and a week in the second half of placement. Hence on an eight-week placement students will usually have six 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: OCC430
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 (Honours)
(OCC330 and OCC331)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critique the complexities of occupational therapy practice
  • be able to demonstrate competent verbal and written communication strategies when engaging with people, including clients and other health professionals
  • be able to demonstrate competence in 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 with minimal supervision
  • be able to implement well reasoned and appropriate enabling strategies
  • be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the enabling strategies implement 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


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 250 hours)

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 32 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.