OCC4020 - Humans as occupational beings - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Occupational Therapy

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Helen Bourke-Taylor


Associate Professor Louise Farnworth

Unit guides



  • Term 4 2018 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in course 4515.


This unit focuses on the relationship between occupation health and well-being that supports occupational therapy practice from a lifespan perspective, and will explore experiences of engaging in occupation from psychological and occupational processes inherent in development. It will examine the progressive cognitive, behavioural, emotional, psychosocial and occupational changes occurring with age and when people's occupations are disrupted through disability, illness or occupational deprivation. Students will engage in experiential activities, self-reflection and interactive teaching and experiential learning and teaching to develop skills in occupational analysis, critical appraisal of literature and research, teamwork, client centered practice and culturally sensitive intentional communication. Case scenarios will be used throughout and students will undertake practice- based learning throughout the semester.


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

  1. Describe and explain how human occupation is classified and how humans use time;
  2. Examine the influences of person-environment-occupation interactions on peoples' health and wellbeing;
  3. Articulate and contrast contemporary developmental lifespan concepts, theories and research;
  4. Examine, compare and contrast the physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, social and occupational aspects of human development across the lifespan, and the influence on development of external factors;
  5. Source and appraise 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. Describe observations and critique these in relationship to developmental theories about typical childhood occupations;
  7. Demonstrate effective communication and interview skills for practice and professional behaviour;
  8. Describe and apply the clinical reasoning process to the occupational therapy process in a practice situation;
  9. Identify data collection methods, collect and analyse data on the occupational performance of self and others that inform understanding about health and key occupational issues and concepts for practice;
  10. Identify and describe types of research frameworks and approaches to data analysis applied in contemporary developmental lifespan research.


Fieldwork placement: up to 14 hours per week.


  • Group presentation on self care occupations (10-15 minutes, 4-5 group members) (5%)
  • Reflective essay using time budgets to study human occupation (3,000 words) (30%)
  • Report from observation of a child (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Essay on the relationship between development, and functioning at specific life stages (1,500 words) (15%)
  • On-line quiz x 2 x 30 minutes each hours) (15%)
  • Triple Jump Part 1 (written exam) and Part 2 (oral exam) (1.5 hours) (20%)
  • Oral peer examiner (10 minutes) (5%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Attendance at least 80% of the scenario-based tutorials, practical skills sessions and seminars including class data collection exercises unless documentary evidence (such as a medical certificate) is provided.
  • Self evaluation and reflective group participation in scenario-based tutorials including practical class presentations
  • Successful completion of Community Based Experience including completion of reflective journal

Workload requirements

9 weeks of academic/fieldwork (accelerated program). PBL tutorials (5 hours per week on campus), lectures (4-6 hours per week on-line), practicals (4-6 hours per week on campus), fieldwork placement weeks 1-9 (up to 14 hours per week).

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/dates/census) for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units are different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching datesFaculty's non-standard teaching dates (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/enrolments/non-standard-dates.html) page to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/change/add-or-discontinue-units#penalties).

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