OT0608 - Novice Occupational Therapist

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What will I learn on this module?

You will draw on your learning from previous modules and placement experiences to consolidate your knowledge and skills in preparation for practice and meeting the requirements for registration with HCPC as an Occupational Therapist. You will continue to develop your reflective skills and identify your own areas for development to focus your learning and support your transition to Professional Occupational Therapist; learning to assess your own skills, take responsibility for own learning and continual professional development.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of student-centred approaches, designed to help you make the transition to practice with its requirement for life-long learning and continual professional development. An introductory lecture will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts and a framework to guide a process of self-assessment, development planning and to identify strategies to meet your learning needs. You will be given time to work in small groups and independently to facilitate autonomous learning. Tutorial sessions will be utilised to provide guidance and support.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The identified module tutor, alongside the programme team, will structure face-to-face and on-line learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module handbook, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your professional development.
A formative assessment opportunity with staff and/or peer feedback will assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be an integral part of the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand principles of self-assessment and development
2. Critically appraise own professional knowledge and skills

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Apply organisational skills to the planning and organisation of learning activities including accessing relevant resources and sources of support

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate initiative and creative approach to problem solving
5. Demonstrate commitment to own personal and professional development in developing and promoting the future of the profession

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment –
Written self-assessment/development plan to be used as basis for Professional Development Appraisal with personal tutor to inform area of focus for development and agree individualised assessment format

Summative assessment-
Portfolio of learning and knowledge/skills development based on HCPC standards for CPD (All MLOs)


Level 4 and 5 modules



Module abstract

In this module you will consolidate your understanding of Occupational Therapy in preparation for your transition to a qualified and registered professional. You will be supported to increase your confidence in further developing your own knowledge and skills of occupational therapy, with particular focus on an area of practice identified in your assessment of your own development and learning needs. This is another exciting opportunity, in the final year of your programme, for you to choose practice and professional issues as the focus of your learning, which are pertinent to your own individual professional development.

You will reflect on and critically evaluate your own knowledge and skills, identifying an area for development and planning/managing your own learning with support and guidance. This module will equip you with skills and experience of self-assessment and Professional Development Appraisal for continual professional development as required by Professional and Regulatory Bodies (HCPC and COT).

You will design your own learning plan and identify and access a wide range of relevant learning resources to facilitate independent thinking and autonomy in readiness for employment as a state registered Occupational Therapist and contributing to your portfolio of learning. You will build upon the portfolio of development which you have been developing throughout the programme and evidence from this will be assessed using an adapted version of the HCPC standards for CPD.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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