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OT4004 - Advancing Professional Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
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. 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 compulsory module focusing on the development of professional growth and resilience. As part of this module, students will engage in targeted reflection of their capabilities against an established Australian professional occupational therapy practice competency framework. This reflective process will form the basis of a personalised development plan to support their future professional growth. This development plan will then be utilised within a series of elective (practice area specific) modules to target and organise their ongoing learning.

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 OT3101) AND OT3011 AND 0T3012 AND OT3004 AND OT3005Students must have completed all third year subjects


Townsville, Block, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Face to face teaching (Face to Face teaching)
Coordinator: Mr Daniel Lowrie, <Person not found>
Lecturer: Mrs Louise Myles.
Workload expectations:
  • 21 hours workshops/Seminars - Compulsory 3 taught days (7 hours per day)
  • 42 hours - Workshop Electives 3 modules (2 days, 14 hours each) totalling 42 hours
Assessment: practice portfolio - 4 parts each weighing 15% (60%); personalised professional development plan (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

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.