OCC310 Occupational Therapy Practicum 1 (32)

In this subject, students complete two supervised occupational therapy practice experiences. Each practice experience will last for seven weeks (which is approximately 265 hours per placement). Practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to manage their own caseload and to practise and consolidate their assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills. Students will also develop and consolidate critical evaluation and reflective practice skills. In general, this placement focuses on working with individuals who experience occupational dysfunction. One of the seven week placements or part of a placement may focus on planning or implementing an occupation-focused project. Students are required to pass each placement and related assessment tasks to pass this subject.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy


OCC300 and OCC304

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to:
  • Discuss the complexities of occupational therapy practice
  • Demonstrate appropriate verbal and written communication strategies
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour
  • Maintain a portfolio identifying their learning during their practicum experiences
  • Plan and conduct formal and informal assessments of clients relevant to the setting given moderate to minimal supervision
  • Design and implement appropriate and wellreasoned enabling strategies and/or occupationfocused projects.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs
  • Achieve a satisfactory rating for all competencies listed on the fieldwork assessment evaluation form


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Communication skills - Professional behaviour - Assessment and enabling strategies - Intervention planning and evaluation - Reflective practice - Portfolio development - Advanced fieldwork preparation This subject will include two seven-week periods of clinical practice (approximately 265 hours each).

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.

Residential School

This subject contains a 8 day Compulsory Residential School.There will be two residential schools as part of this subject: one prior to the start of Spring session and one during the mid-session break. The residential school will also include the Honours students who will be doing the alternative practicum subject OCC311. The first residential school will take place prior to the beginning of Spring session and will last 4 days. This residential school will concentrate on preparation and briefing for the practicums. Students will focus on their learning objectives, portfolio development, and specific preparation for their upcoming placements. The second residential school will also be for 4 days and will occur in the mid-session break. The focus of this school is to de-brief students following their first practicum and to prepare students for their second practicum. This is to ensure that appropriate learning is taking place and that students are well-prepared for their practicum experiences.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.