Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ted Brown


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 should 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 (e.g., MOHO, PEO, CMOP-E, PEOP, Kawa Model, OTPF-II) 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.


Summative tasks:
Write-up of play/leisure interest profile findings (1,500 words) (20%)
Critique of an occupational therapy assessment (1,000 - 1,500 words) (20%)
Class presentation for peer and tutor feedback (Group presentation) (30 minutes) (10%)
Class presentation for peer and tutor feedback (10 minutes) (10%)
4 x Tests (30 minutes each) (10% each)

Hurdle tasks:
Attendance at 100% of all scheduled tutorials, unless a medical certificate is provided.
Completion of review quizzes in tutorial sessions.

Workload requirements

Lecture component: 2 hours per week, Tutorial/Practicum component: 2 hours per week,
Private Study: 4 hours per week.

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Must be enrolled in course M3001.