OCC1022 - Foundations of occupational therapy practice - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nikos Thomacos


Associate Professor Ted Brown

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in course M3001.


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;

    Theme 3: Fundamental knowledge for the Health Sciences

  3. Explain the clinical reasoning processes used in occupational therapy;
  4. Describe how different health models and occupational therapy intervention methods may be applied to occupational therapy practice;
  5. Identify how key theoretical models of human occupation (e.g., MOHO, PEO, CMOP-E, OTPF-III) relate to client-centred occupational therapy;

    Theme 5: Research

  6. Locate, retrieve and use resources that inform understanding about health and occupational issues.


Formative assessment

Completion of review quizzes in tutorial sessions.

Individual presentation for peer and tutor feedback on a scenario-based learning case

Summative assessment

  • Critique of an occupational therapy assessment (2,000 words) (30%) Occupational model case analysis essay (2,000 words) (30%)
  • 4 x Invigilated class tests (30 minutes each) (10% each) (40%) (hurdle)

Additional hurdle requirements

80% attendance at scheduled unit tutorials

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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