OCC1012 - Occupational science - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy


Ms Lisa Murphy

Dr Alana Hewitt

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Students will learn about the principles and mechanisms underlying the relationship between the person, their environment and occupations, and how this relates to human health and wellbeing. The concept of occupation will be described and how people shape and are shaped by their engagement in occupation and their environmental context. Students will engage in experiential exercises to support their learning of concepts, including participation in an inter-professional community-based fieldwork experience.


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

  1. Describe and explain classifications of human occupation.
  2. Describe how the interaction of person-environment-occupation relates to health and wellbeing.
  3. Examine issues relevant to a health professional as well as reflect upon work completed as an inter-professional group after participation in an inter-professional community-based experience.
  4. Identify data collection methods, collect and analyse data on the occupational performance of self and others.
  5. Describe and critique literature related to the physical, social, cultural, economic, political and institutional environments of individuals and groups and comment on the validity of this information for occupation-based practices.
  6. Identify, analyse and critique literature relevant to occupational science and identify key issues and concepts for practice.
  7. Demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills.


  • Group presentation based on findings from inter-professional community-based experience (10 minutes) (10%)
  • Written reflective report from inter-professional community-based experience (600 - 800 words) (10%)
  • Class presentation (20 minutes) (10%)
  • Assignment (2,000 words) (35%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (35%)


Attendance at 80% of unit tutorials, practical skills sessions, seminars and fieldwork placements is required to pass this unit.

Participation in inter-professional community-based experience.

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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