Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy


Associate Professor Louise Farnworth



  • Term 1 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces the 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 practice contexts in which participation in occupation takes place. Case scenarios will be used throughout and students will undertake practice-based learning for 2 days per week throughout the term (135 hours).


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

  1. Demonstrate and apply skills in self reflection, critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills to case-based learning and to fieldwork practice, and behave in a manner appropriate for professional practice in both the academic and clinical environment, including interacting respectfully with different members of the health care team, consumers and carers.
  2. Recognize the challenges and rights of consumers and carers, and integrate their lived experience of health methods into service planning and delivery by acknowledging their expertise.
  3. Describe the importance of multicultural diversity and cultural relationships to professional practice.
  4. Explain the mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental/psychosocial, physical and social capacities of humans, across the lifespan and apply knowledge of body functions, body structures and related clinical conditions to occupational performance challenges for clients of occupational therapy.
  5. Describe and apply key theoretical models of human occupation to client-centred occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, intervention, and follow-up evaluation.
  6. Describe and apply the principles of occupational analysis and grading and adaptation of occupations to a therapy situation.
  7. Describe and apply the clinical reasoning process to the occupational therapy process and formulate appropriate occupational therapy goals and objectives for specific clients.
  8. Select, administer and critique assessment methods used in occupational therapy practice including initial assessment interview using this information to evaluate occupational performance and occupational engagement.
  9. Accurately record and document professional information.
  10. Locate, retrieve and use resources to inform decision making about health and occupational issues.


Fieldwork (Placement weeks 1-9) - up to 12 hours per week. Fieldwork will require students to travel to fieldwork locations. These may be near or away from the campus.


Review of 2 clinical assessment tools (1,500 words) (10%)
Exam (1.5 hours) (10%)
Exam (2 hours) (25%)
Clinical workbook (3,000 words) (20%)
Case-based occupational analysis (1,000 words) (10%)
Written/oral exam (1.5 hours) (15%)
Practice skill test (10 minutes) (5%)
Presentation of two case scenarios for peer and tutor feedback (10 minutes each) (5%)

Hurdle requirement:
Successful completion of fieldwork including attendance at fieldwork briefing; submission of (i) a completed and signed Student Placement Evaluation Form - Revised (SPEF-R) (ii) signed timesheet and (iii) Student Review of Placement form; and (iv) reflective journal
One 1,000 word reflective journal
Two self evaluations of group participation
Attendance at 100% of scenario based tutorials, practical skills sessions and seminars, unless a medical certificate is provided.

Workload requirements

This unit will run for 9 weeks of academic/fieldwork followed by one week Swot Vac, one week of exams and one week vacation. As this is an accelerated program, the workload demands are more than would be expected of an undergraduate 12 CP unit as it is run over 9 rather than 12 weeks.
PBL Tutorials - 4 hours per week (on campus)
Lectures - 4 hours per week (online)
Practicals - 4 hours per week (on campus)
Fieldwork (Placement weeks 1-9) - up to 12 hours per week
Private study - 12 hours per week

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