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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

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

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


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