OCC2014 - Occupational performance, capabilities and components - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Eli Chu


Aislinn Lalor
Lisa Murphy

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


OCC1012, OCC1021, OCC1032, OCC1022, BMA1902


Must be enrolled in course M3001

Must be taken concurrently with OCC2012


The unit uses an integrated scenario/case-based learning approach.

Students are introduced to 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 occupational therapy 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 assessing occupational engagement/performance. Students will explore different contexts in which participation in occupation takes place.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Apply critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills to occupational therapy scenario-based learning
  2. Clearly articulate to clients the specialist contribution of occupational therapy to health service intervention
  3. Describe occupational justice issues in the allocation and distribution of resources within services
  4. Recognise the rights of consumers and carers and integrate their lived experience of health needs into service planning and delivery
  5. Apply key theoretical models of human occupation to client-centred occupational therapy assessment, and goal setting
  6. Appraise occupational therapy assessment tools and apply them in clinical contexts to evaluate occupational performance and occupational engagement
  7. Describe and apply the principles of occupational analysis and grading and adaptation of occupations to a therapy situation
  8. Locate, retrieve and use resources to inform decision making about health and occupational issues.


  • Scenario-based occupational analysis assessment (2,000 words) (20%)
  • Practice skill test (ROM/MMT) (10 minutes) (10%) (hurdle)
  • 2 x 10 minute case scenario oral presentations (10% total)
  • Written in-semester examination (2 hours) (30%)
  • Written/oral examination (2 hours) (30%)
  • 2 x self-evaluations of group participation (hurdle)
  • Attendance at 80% of tutorials, practical skills sessions and seminars (hurdle)

Workload requirements

On campus: Total 12 hours scheduled per week. This includes:

  • 6 hours Scenario Based Learning (SBL) tutorials
  • 2 hours lecture/on-line
  • 4 hours practicum.

Off campus: 12 hours self-directed study per week. This time will involve research and preparation required for SBLs, pre-readings and tasks for practicum and SBLs.

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