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OCC2011 - Occupational performance, capabilities and components

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Louise Farnworth and Ms Rebecca Allen


Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit uses an integrated scenario/case-based learning approach. Students are introduced to mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental, sensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and biomechanical capacities that underpin occupational engagement and occupational performance. Students integrate this knowledge into OT and related theories/models of practice. They develop clinical questions, and acquire knowledge and skills from the process of describing and evaluating occupational performance, and critiquing assessment tools for evaluating occupational engagement/performance. Students will explore different contexts in which participation in occupation takes place.


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

  1. describe and apply the principles of client-centred practice; 2. apply critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills to scenario/case-based learning; 3. explain the role and contribution of different members of the health care team; 4. clearly articulate to clients the specialist contribution of occupational therapy to health service intervention; 5. demonstrate skills in self critique and self reflection;
Theme 2 Population, Society and Health
6. describe occupational justice issues in the allocation and distribution of resources within services; 7. recognise the rights of consumers and carers and integrate their lived experience of health issues into service planning and delivery; 8. describe the importance of multicultural diversity and cultural relationships to professional practice;
Theme 3 Fundamental knowledge for health sciences
  • explain the mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental/psychosocial, physical and social capacities of humans, across the lifespan;
  • critique and apply knowledge of body functions, body structures and related clinical conditions to occupational performance challenges for clients of occupational therapy; 1
      1. describe theories and models of practice that contribute to an understanding and application of occupational engagement and performance;
      12. apply key theoretical models of human occupation to client-centred occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, intervention and follow-up evaluation; 13. appraise occupational therapy assessment tools and apply them in clinical contexts to evaluate occupational performance and occupational engagement; 14. apply and evaluate the principles of occupational analysis and grading and adaptation of occupations in a theory situation;
      Theme 4 Applied practice
      15. select, administer and critique assessment methods used in occupational therapy practice including initial assessment interview; 16. accurately record and document professional information; 17. describe and apply the clinical reasoning process to the occupational therapy process; 18. formulate appropriate occupational therapy goals and objectives for specific clients; 19. acknowledge expertise and interact respectfully with different members of the health care team, consumers and carers; 20. behave in a manner appropriate for professional practice in both the academic and clinical environment; and
      Theme 5 Research
      21. locate, retrieve and use resources to inform decision making about health and occupational issues.


      Examination (2 hours): 20%
      Examination (2 hours): 15%
      Review of two clinical assessment tools (1500 words): 10%
      Clinical workbook (3000 words): 20%
      Case-based occupational analysis (1000 words): 10%
      Written/Oral examination (1.5 hours): 15%
      Practice skill test (10 minutes): 5%
      Presentation of two case scenarios for peer and tutor feedback: 5%
      Hurdle requirements: Successful completion of a 12 day fieldwork placement
      Reflective journal (1000 words)
      two self evaluations of group participations
      Attendance at 80% of scenario based tutorials


      OCC1012 and OCC1022


      Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy