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OT3005 - Rural and Urban Practice 2

Credit points: 6
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

Available to level 2 or higher level Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy IHCAP and Occupational Therapy Honours students. If you do not pass OT3004 you cannot continue in OT3005.

The subject will provide a minimum of 266 hours (seven weeks at 38 hours/week) of supervised fieldwork placement with flexible support from the University. The aim of this placement is to integrate previously learnt material from university and previous fieldwork placements with new observations and practical clinical education. The placement will be either rural or urban and will enable the student to apply, utilise and develop the theories and principles of occupational therapy in a variety of settings. Students may be required to undertake placements in a facility away from the campus at which they are currently enrolled, at their own expense.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an increased competence in communication skills to enable therapeutic interactions with clients;
  • ability to critically analyse the inter- relationship between occupational therapy theory, research and intervention;
  • demonstrate higher problem solving skills in formulating aims of occupational therapy intervention and applying therapeutic activities and techniques in a culturally aware manner across the spectrum of rural and urban settings;
  • ability to use more advanced observational and evaluation techniques relative to occupational therapy for assessing the clients health or disability status;
  • ability to integrate a range of OT intervention techniques within client centred practice and apply evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning skills relevant to OT within the placement setting.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to manage future career and personal development;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: OT2004 AND OT3002 AND OT3003 and allow concurrent for OT3004


Townsville, Study Period 2, Placement/work experience
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>, Mrs Karen Salata
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Mrs Karen Salata.
Workload expectations:
  • 276 hours clinical placement
Assessment: pass/fail - introductory letter to supervisor (%); pass/fail - integrated learning tasks (%); pass/fail - student practice evaluation form - revised (%); pass/fail - attendance record (%); pass/fail - learning plan (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: This subject will receive a grade of satisfactory/unsatisfactory. All assessment tasks must be passed to achieve a satisfactory in this subject.

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.