Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Linda Barclay


This is the first unit of the occupational therapy intervention units. It comprises integrated case based learning with some time spent in facilities to consolidate application of knowledge into practice. Students will begin to describe, apply and critique the principles of assessment and intervention for clients with problems related to capacities to engage in activities, occupations, and participation in community life. Intervention principles will also incorporate environmental supports and barriers (advocacy, organisational change, environmental adaptation), and evidence-based practice.


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

Theme 1 Personal and Professional Development

  1. demonstrate skills in self-assessment and the provision of constructive feedback to others;
  2. function effectively as a member of a small learning group;
  3. demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills;

Theme 2 Population, Society and Health

  1. understand the relationship between the person, the environment (physical, social, institutional and cultural) and occupation as the basis for occupational therapy practice;

Theme 3 Fundamental Knowledge for the Health Sciences

  1. describe and apply the Occupational Process Model to typical occupational therapy practice scenarios and to a clinical practice;
  2. describe typical occupational therapy intervention strategies, methods and modalities used with clients of occupational therapy presenting with physical, mental/psychosocial, cognitive, social and other related occupational performance challenges;
  3. apply principles of activity and occupational analysis, grading and adapting equipment, tasks and activities, and environments and principles of energy conservation to occupations in relation to clients of occupational therapy;
  4. describe common musculoskeletal, medical, surgical, neurological, psychosocial and disease processes relevant to clients of occupational therapy and their occupational sequela;
  5. evaluate a home for home modifications, use technical drawing techniques and write recommendations for home modification professionals;
  6. describe the role of external agencies (eg Archicentre, TADVIC and the A&EP) and use of Australian Standards in home modification;
  7. demonstrate the use and principles of splint manufacture using low temperature thermoplastic materials and justify design, manufacture and application of a specific orthosis;
  8. select, measure, prescribe and use appropriate assistive equipment to enable client occupation and performance such as mobility equipment, lifting devices/hoists, communication devices, pressure care equipment and communication devices.

Theme 4 Applied Practice

  1. apply to practice the Canadian Practice Process Framework including
    • Enter/initiate
    • Set the stage
    • Assess/evaluate
    • Agree on objectives and plan
    • Implement the plan
    • Monitor and modify
    • Evaluate outcome
    • Conclude/exit
  2. demonstrate clinical reasoning and a client-centred approach to the development and implementation of occupationally relevant intervention strategies relevant to clients of occupational therapy;
  3. write relevant, concise and comprehensive reports and substantiate both written and oral reports with information from assessments, observations and interviews';
  4. effectively communicate with other members of the team and refer appropriately;
  5. maintain the professional standards and emergency procedures set by the fieldwork facility, Monash University and by OT AUSTRALIA code of ethics.
  6. Describe the principles of evidence based practice and use the best available evidence for practice with clients of occupational therapy


1. Critically evaluate splint: 5%
2. Technical drawing of home environment: 12.5%
3. Assignment (1500 words): 10%
4. Short answer examination (1 hour x 2): 40%
5. Written exam (1 hour) and oral exam (30 minutes): 30%
6. Discussion of two peers in oral examination: 2.5%

Hurdle requirements: Attendance at 100% of scenario-based tutorials, practical skills classes (including attendance at two group reflection sessions), seminaros, and fieldwork placement hours, manufacture splints as directed, two self evaluations of group participation, group evaluation of completion of each case and satisfactory completion of clinical placement as assessed through the Student Placement Evaluation Form - Revised (SPEF-R). Students are also required to submit a time sheet documenting their clinical placement hours and a completed Student Review of Placement form. Students who fail the fieldwork component of the unit will be required to repeat the unit. A maximum of one repeat placement will be provided.

Chief examiner(s)



Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.