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OT4101 - Advanced Rural or Urban Practice (Honours)

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

Available to level 4 occupational therapy students enrolled in the honours course.

This subject is an honours fieldwork subject and is in place of OT4001. The subject will provide students with an opportunity to further integrate their learning gained from previous fieldwork practice and to undertake research at an honours level. The focus of this subject will be on the student developing a higher level of professional skill and competencies, and further advancing their research, clinical reasoning skills and reflective practice through the integration of practical and course components. As part of this subject, students will complete a minimum of 390 hours which includes a 10 week advanced supervised fieldwork placement with flexible support from the University. The placement will be either rural or urban at an advanced level and will enable the student to apply, develop, analyse and integrate the theories, principles and practice 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

  • the ability to apply research methodologies, demonstrate and apply data collection techniques, analyse data collected and report of findings to fullfil the requirements of an honours research project;
  • demonstrate competency in observation and assessment of function or dysfunction in activities affecting occupational performance;
  • demonstrate competency in the evaluation of clients' occupational roles and activities;
  • develop individual aims of intervention and outcomes of practice for clients, demonstrating competent clinical reasoning within cultural, psychosocial and environmental contexts;
  • demonstrate professional occupational performance attitudes and behaviours during practice. Achieve competency for registration requirements.

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 find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • 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 read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • 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;
  • The ability to appraise information critically;
  • The ability to use independent judgment to synthesise information to make intellectual and/or creative advances;
  • The ability to place their research in a broader (preferably international)theoretical, practical and policy context.;
  • The ability to conceptualise problems;
  • The ability to communicate the methodology, results and implications of their research in a manner appropriate to different purposes and audiences;
  • The ability to make constructive contributions to project teams or collegial activities;
  • The potential to resolve conflicts.
Prerequisites: OT3005 AND OT3101
OT4001 OT4006 OT4501 OT4502


Townsville, Study Period 1, Placement/work experience
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>, Mrs Karen Salata
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Mrs Karen Salata.
Workload expectations:
  • 390 hours clinical placement
Assessment: pass/fail - introduction letter & learning plan (%); pass/fail - professional portfolio (%); pass/fail - student practice evaluation form - revised (%); pass/fail - attendance record (%).
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.