Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy


Dr Mong-Lin Yu, Mrs Celia Marston



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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 should be able to:

  1. Apply the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E) and the Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF) to typical occupational therapy practice scenarios addressing different areas of practice;
  2. Apply and explain typical occupational therapy theories, intervention strategies, methods and modalities used with clients of occupational therapy;
  3. Describe common musculoskeletal, medical, surgical, neurological, mental and psychosocial disease processes relevant to clients of occupational therapy in the context of their occupational sequelae;
  4. Design technical drawings of home modifications, evaluate these relative to clients' needs and communicate recommendations to home modification;
  5. Construct an orthosis using the principles of orthotic fabrication and justify design, manufacture and application of a specific orthosis;
  6. Select, measure, prescribe and use appropriate assistive equipment to create recommendations for increased occupational participation and performance in typical client scenarios;
  7. Integrate evidence-based practice with a client-centred approach to recommend relevant occupational therapy intervention strategies and services;
  8. Write relevant, concise and comprehensive reports and substantiate both written and oral reports with information from assessments, observations and interviews;
  9. Define and describe search strategies to identify the principles of evidence based practice and use the best available evidence for typical occupational therapy scenarios.


45 hour volunteering community based experience.


Critically evaluate splint (5%)
Technical drawing of home environment (12.5%)
Office/workplace assessment assignment (1,500 words) (10%)
2 x Exam (1 hour each) (Short answer and MCQ) (40%)
Written exam (1 hour) and oral exam (30 minutes) (30%)
Peer assessor in oral examination (2.5%)

Attendance at 100% unless a medical certificate is provided of scenario-based tutorials, seminars, workshops, practical skills classes (including IPE week), seminars, and community based experience hours, manufacture splints as directed, two self-evaluations of group participation, group evaluation of completion of each case and satisfactory completion of community based experiences as assessed through completion of a reflective assignment to satisfactory standard. Students are also required to submit a time sheet documenting their community based experience hours. Students who fail the fieldwork component of the unit will be required to repeat the unit.

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Must be enrolled in course M3001.