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OCC1022 - Foundations of occupational therapy practice

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Louise Farnworth and Ms Rebecca Allen


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit introduces student to the historical origins of the use of occupation as theory and the theory of core elements of occupational therapy intervention. Current theoretical concepts and models underpinning occupational therapy practice will be explored along with the occupational therapy problem solving and clinical reasoning process. Case scenarios will be used throughout and students will learn the problem solving strategies that will support their learning in occupational therapy intervention units elsewhere in the course.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Theme 1 Personal and Professional Development

  1. describe the principles of client-centred occupational therapy practice;
  2. explain the key skills that contribute to critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills in scenario/case-based learning;
  3. apply skills of self critique and self reflection to group learning tasks;
Theme 2 Population, Society and Health
  1. demonstrate understanding of the rights of consumers and carers and strategies to integrate their lived experience of health issues into service planning and delivery;
Theme 3 Fundamental knowledge for the Health Sciences
  1. describe the historical origins of occupation as therapy;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the clinical reasoning processes in occupational therapy;
  3. describe how different health models and occupational therapy intervention methods may be applied to occupational therapy practice;
  4. identify how key theoretical models of human occupation relate to client-centred occupational therapy;
  5. describe and apply the principles of occupational analysis and grading and adaptation of occupations to a therapy situation;
Theme 4 Applied Practice
  1. describe and apply the clinical reasoning process to the occupational therapy process in a simulated practice situation; and
Theme 5 Research
  1. locate, retrieve and use resources that inform understanding about health and occupational issues.


Presentation (5 minutes): 10%
Presentation (10 minutes): 20%
Examination (1.5 hour): 50%
Critique of an assessment tool (1000 words): 20%
Hurdle requirement: attendance at 80% of tutorials and completion of in class tests.




Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy