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OCC1012 - Occupational science

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Louise Farnworth


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


Students will learn about the principles and mechanisms underlying the relationship between the person, their environment and occupations, and how this relates to human health and wellbeing. The concept of occupation will be described, how occupation changes across the lifespan, and how people shape and are shaped by their engagement in occupation and their environmental context. Students will engage in experiential exercises to support their learning of concepts, including participation in fieldwork experience - either a weekend camp with children with disabilities or rural placement experience.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. participate in on line learning activities;
  2. analyse professional literature to identify key issues and concepts and comment on the validity of this information for practice;
  3. Examine rural issues relevant to a health professional as well as reflect upon work completed as an inter-professional group after participation in a Rural Inter-professional Community-Based experience;
  4. explain how activity participation and occupational engagement and health change across the lifespan;
  5. describe how the interaction of person-environment-occupation relates to health and wellbeing;
  6. undertake an analysis of childhood occupations;
  7. describe and explain classifications of human occupations;
  8. demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills;
  9. identify data collection methods and collect and analyse data on the occupational performance of self and others; and
  10. identify relevant sources of data concerning occupational issues related to the physical. social, cultural, economic and political and institutional environments of individuals.


Lifespan assignment (1500 words): 30%
Report (1000 words): 20%
Group presentation based on findings from IPE rural experience (10 minutes): 10%
Submission on findings from IPE rural experience (600-800 words): 10%
Assignment (2000 words): 30%
Hurdle requirements: attendance at 80% of all tutorials, skills classes and fieldwork placements, written report of observation and participation in a 30 hour camp (or equivalent) and completion of reflective diary.