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Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Provides a 6-week (240 hour) practice education in a regional, rural or remote setting under the supervision of one or more occupational therapy clinicians. Students undertake learning experiences to develop professional behaviours and competencies, and integrate and apply theory and skills learned in previous units. Reflective practice and the development of clinical reasoning are key components of this unit.

Unit content

For the Regional, Rural and Remote Fieldwork, 3 x 2 hour preparatory workshops are conducted throughout the session, prior to placement. The workshop covers the following topics in the context of regional, rural and remote setting:

  • Boundaries
  • Assessment requirements
  • Professional portfolio
  • Critical reflective journal
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Initiative
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-resilience
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Management of caseload
  • Learning styles
  • Feedback
  • Cognitive overload

For this unit students have specific assessment tasks that they have to complete in order to pass the unit of study e.g. critical reflections and professional portfolio. The students are assessed by the supervisor during their practice education using the SPEF-R (Student Practice Evaluation Form – Revised) and they are specifically assessed on the below domains:

  • Professional behaviour
  • Self-management skills
  • Co-worker communication
  • Communication skills
  • Documentation
  • Information gathering
  • Service provision
  • Service evaluation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate a professional and ethical approach to practice.Lifelong learning
2demonstrate an emerging level of competence and performance in identified core areas of Occupational Therapy practice as specified in the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (2018)Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3demonstrate the development of professional problem solving and clinical reasoning skills relevant to occupational therapy service deliveryKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4create and maintain appropriate client records, reports and other required documentation.Communication and social skills
5demonstrate a high level of verbal communication skills with clients, families, staff and relevant others with increasing levels of independence.Communication and social skills
6demonstrate and practice a high level of initiative and self-directionLifelong learning
7reflect on practice education experiences demonstrating a deep level of understanding Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a professional and ethical approach to practice.
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. demonstrate an emerging level of competence and performance in identified core areas of Occupational Therapy practice as specified in the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (2018)
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. demonstrate the development of professional problem solving and clinical reasoning skills relevant to occupational therapy service delivery
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. create and maintain appropriate client records, reports and other required documentation.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate a high level of verbal communication skills with clients, families, staff and relevant others with increasing levels of independence.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrate and practice a high level of initiative and self-direction
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  7. reflect on practice education experiences demonstrating a deep level of understanding
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (3 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 240 hours
Assessment
Clinical skillsSR
PortfolioSR
Introductory Email and Thank you EmailSR
Reflective writingSR
Draft and Final Learning Plan/ContractSR
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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