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OT4004 - Advancing Professional Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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

  • consolidate their sense of professional identity and resilience as required to articulate and negotiate the occupational therapy role within evolving health care context;
  • 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;
  • synthesise and reframe knowledge of occupational therapy philosophy and practice in examining the potential occupational therapy role within non-traditional and emerging practice areas in rural, remote and tropical contexts;
  • evaluate personal and professional competencies and devise individualised strategies to plan future professional growth.
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, Block
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching (Face to Face teaching)
Coordinator: Dr Daniel Lowrie
Lecturers: Ms Meagan Hanks, Dr Daniel Lowrie.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 63 hours workshops/Seminars - 63 hours over 9 taught days. This will be comprised of one module over three days and three additional modules each of two days in length.
  • 3 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: presentations (60%); construction of curriculum vitae and written response to job application selection criteria (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: In order to pass this subject, students must attend and participate in 80% of the workshops, submit all pieces of assessment and achieve a minimum of 50% overall (including after the application of any penalties such as late penalties).

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.