OCC2020 - Enabling occupation: Performance challenges 1A - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - 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 Ted Brown


Dr Eli Chu

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


(OCC2012, OCC2013 and OCC2014) OR (OCC2011)


Must be enrolled in course M3001.


This is the first unit of the occupational therapy intervention units. It comprises integrated case based learning, skills based learning, theories and evidence based practice with participation in simulated clinical placement to consolidate application of knowledge into practice. Students will apply and critique the principles of assessment and intervention for clients with problems related to capacities to engage in activities, occupations, and participation in community life. Intervention principles will also incorporate environmental supports and barriers (advocacy, organisational change, environmental adaptation), and evidence-based practice. Student will begin to develop appropriate intervention plans for clients based on assessment findings and evidence. Building on the skills acquired in OCC2013, students will further develop their professional competencies in professional behaviour, information gathering, communication with clients and co-workers, documentation, time-management, occupational therapy assessment, intervention and evaluation. Students will participate in two weeks (four days per week) of simulated clinical placement to develop these competencies. They will be provided with feedback and guided to reflect on and in practice within both academic and clinical contexts.

Students will also reflect on their participation in a community-based experience to further understand human occupation and community services available.


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

  1. Apply the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E) and the Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF) to typical occupational therapy practice scenarios addressing different areas of practice;
  2. Apply and explain typical occupational therapy theories, intervention strategies, methods and modalities used with clients of occupational therapy;
  3. Describe common musculoskeletal, medical, surgical, neurological, mental and psychosocial disease processes relevant to clients of occupational therapy in the context of their occupational sequelae;
  4. Design technical drawings of home modifications, evaluate these relative to clients' needs and communicate recommendations to home modification;
  5. Construct an orthosis using the principles of orthotic fabrication and justify design, manufacture and application of a specific orthosis;
  6. Select, measure, prescribe and use appropriate assistive equipment to create recommendations for increased occupational participation and performance in typical client scenarios;
  7. Integrate evidence-based practice with a client-centred approach to recommend relevant occupational therapy intervention strategies and services;
  8. Write relevant, concise and comprehensive reports and substantiate both written and oral reports with information from assessments, observations and interviews;
  9. Demonstrate proficient information gathering, assessments, goal setting, intervention planning, professional documentation, communication and reflective practice skills related to occupational therapy practice in clinical settings (including simulated environments);
  10. Demonstrate respectful and professional behaviour in both academic and simulated clinical environments including health care team members, consumers, carers, fieldwork supervisors, and academic staff;
  11. Apply knowledge of occupational science, social and community participation /inclusion to understand the role of health , social or community services in occupational participation through engagement in community based experience.


Simulated clinical placement (8) days (61 hours) and 20 hours of community-based experience


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 x Exam (1 hour and 5 minutes each) and Written exam (1 hour and 5 minutes).

  • Critically evaluate splint (5%)
  • Technical drawing of home environment (12.5%)
  • Office/workplace assessment assignment (1,500 words) (10%)
  • 2 x Exam (1 hour each) (Short answer and MCQ) (40%)
  • Written exam (1 hour) and oral exam (30 minutes) (30%)
  • Peer assessor in oral examination (2.5%)


Attendance at 80% of scenario-based tutorials, seminars, workshops, practical skills classes (including IPE week), seminars, and community based experience hours.

The manufacture of splints as directed

  • Completion of two self-evaluations of participation in scenario-based learning groups.
  • Completion of evaluation of group process for each scenario-based learning case covered.
  • Completion of reflection assignment on community based experiences to a satisfactory standard.
  • Submission of a time sheet documenting hours at the community based clinical experience.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study