OCC431 Occupational Therapy Workplace Learning 4 (Honours) (12)

This is the final work place learning subject Honours 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.  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 (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 over 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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC431. 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 (Honours)


( 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 small 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 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 and describe strategies to achieve these goals and needs


This 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)

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 36 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

- 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

Special Resources

Students will incur travel and accommodation costs associated with placement


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.