Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Linda Barclay & Lisa O'Brien


This unit uses an integrated scenario/case-based learning approach. The unit has a 10 week academic block followed by a 3 week fieldwork (clinical) block to apply theory into practice. Students are introduced to the mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental, sensory, cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological and biomechanical capacities of humans, across the lifespan, that underpin occupational engagement and occupational performance. Students will integrate this knowledge into occupational therapy and related theories and models of practice. Students will be required to 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 and occupational 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-centered practice
  2. Apply critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills to 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
  1. Describe occupational justice issues in the allocation and distribution of resources within services
  2. Recognize the rights of consumers and carers and integrate their lived experience of health methods into service planning and delivery.
  3. Describe the importance of multicultural diversity and cultural relationships to professional practice

Theme 3: Fundamental Knowledge for the Health Sciences
  1. Explain the mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental/psychosocial, physical and social capacities of humans, across the lifespan.
  2. Critique and apply knowledge of body functions, body structures and related clinical conditions to occupational performance challenges for clients of occupational therapy.
  3. Describe theories and models of practice that contribute to an understanding and application of occupational engagement and performance.
  4. Apply key theoretical models of human occupation to client-centered occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, intervention, and follow-up evaluation
  5. Appraise occupational therapy assessment tools and apply them in clinical contexts to evaluate occupational performance and occupational engagement
  6. Describe and apply the principles of occupational analysis and grading and adaptation of occupations to a therapy situation

Theme 4: Applied Practice
  1. Select, administer and critique assessment methods used in occupational therapy practice including initial assessment interview.
  2. Accurately record and document professional information
  3. Describe and apply the clinical reasoning process to the occupational therapy process
  4. Formulate appropriate occupational therapy goals and objectives for specific clients
  5. Acknowledge expertise and interact respectfully with different members of the health care team, consumers and carers
  6. Behave in a manner appropriate for professional practice in both the academic and clinical environment.

Theme 5: Research
  1. Locate, retrieve and use resources to inform decision making about health and occupational issues.


One x 1500 word review of 2 clinical assessment tools (10%)
One x 2 hour exam (20%)
One x 2 hour exam (15%)
One clinical workbook 3000 words (20%)
One x 1000 word case-based occupational analysis (10%)
One x 1.5 hour written/oral exam (15%)
One x 10 minute practice skill test (5%)
Presentation of two case scenarios for peer and tutor feedback (5%)

Hurdle requirements:
Successful completion of a 12 day fieldwork placement
One 1,000 word reflective journal
Two self evaluations of group participation.
Attendance at 80% of scenario based tutorials

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Linda Barclay


BMA1902, OCC1012, OCC1022, PSY1022


Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy