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OT4004 - Advancing Professional Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This modular subject will equip students with knowledge and skills to support the advancement of their clinical practice and professional careers. This subject will foster professional development relevant to a variety of specialist and emerging practice domains. The learning activities within the subject will enable in-depth critical examination of the complexities of contemporary and future occupational therapy clinical practice. All students will undertake a core module focusing on the development of professional growth, resilience and employability within contemporary and emerging practice contexts. As part of this, students will engage in a process of targeted reflection in relation to their personal and professional strengths as well as areas for further development. This reflective process will be later drawn on in a series of practice area specific elective modules in order to enable students to situate, personalise and enrich their professional development.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop advanced knowledge and skills to support the effective engagement in supervision, mentorship and other professional support processes;
  • critically evaluate and apply advanced occupational therapy concepts across a range of professional service delivery sectors;
  • consolidate their sense of professional identity, connectivity and resilience as required to articulate and negotiate the occupational therapy role within evolving health care contexts;
  • reflect on and apply personal leadership qualities in order to create opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship and practice change within evolving health care contexts;
  • constructively evaluate personal and professional strengths as well as areas of potential growth so as to plan future professional development and maximise employment opportunities.

Subject Assessment

  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Job application - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Podcast - (60%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; participate in at least 80% of scheduled tutorials.

Prerequisites: HS3401 AND (OT3001 OR OT3010 OR OT3101) AND OT3011 AND 0T3012 AND OT3004 AND OT3005Students must have completed all third year subjects


Townsville, Study Period 2, Intensive
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Face to face teaching (Face to Face teaching)
Coordinator: Ms Elizabeth Meechan
Lecturers: Ms Meagan Hanks, Dr Daniel Lowrie, Ms Elizabeth Meechan.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 63 hours tutorials - Taught over 9 days: one module of three days, plus three modules of two days each
  • 3 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.