OCC4030 - Occupational performance, capabilities and components - 2019

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)

Professor Ellie Fossey


Dr Linda Barclay

Not offered in 2019




Must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: 4515, M6017


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 non standard teaching dates pageFaculty non standard teaching dates page (https://www.monash.edu/medicine/study/student-services/non-standard-dates) to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (https://www.monash.edu/enrolments/change/add-or-discontinue-units).


This unit introduces the 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 OT 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 critiquing assessment tools for evaluating occupational engagement/performance. Students will explore different practice contexts in which participation in occupation takes place. Case scenarios will be used throughout and students will undertake practice-based learning for 2 days per week throughout the term (135 hours).


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

  1. Demonstrate and apply skills in self reflection, critical appraisal, critical reasoning and critical thinking skills to case-based learning and to fieldwork practice, and behave in a manner appropriate for professional practice in both the academic and clinical environment, including interacting respectfully with different members of the health care team, consumers and carers.
  2. Recognize the challenges and rights of consumers and carers, and integrate their lived experience of health methods into service planning and delivery by acknowledging their expertise.
  3. Describe the importance of multicultural diversity and cultural relationships to professional practice.
  4. Explain the mechanisms and consequences of problems related to mental/psychosocial, physical and social capacities of humans, across the lifespan and apply knowledge of body functions, body structures and related clinical conditions to occupational performance challenges for clients of occupational therapy.
  5. Describe and apply key theoretical models of human occupation to client-centred occupational therapy assessment, goal setting, intervention, and follow-up evaluation.
  6. Describe and apply the principles of occupational analysis and grading and adaptation of occupations to a therapy situation.
  7. Describe and apply the clinical reasoning process to the occupational therapy process and formulate appropriate occupational therapy goals and objectives for specific clients.
  8. Select, administer and critique assessment methods used in occupational therapy practice including initial assessment interview using this information to evaluate occupational performance and occupational engagement.
  9. Accurately record and document professional information.
  10. Locate, retrieve and use resources to inform decision making about health and occupational issues.


Fieldwork (Placement weeks 1-9) - up to 12 hours per week. Fieldwork will require students to travel to fieldwork locations. These may be near or away from the campus.


  • Review of 2 clinical assessment tools (1,500 words) (10%)
  • Exam (1.5 hours) (10%)
  • Exam (2 hours) (25%)
  • Clinical workbook (3,000 words) (20%)
  • Case-based occupational analysis (1,000 words) (10%)
  • Written/oral exam (1.5 hours) (15%)
  • Practice skill test (10 minutes) (5%)
  • Presentation of two case scenarios for peer and tutor feedback (10 minutes each) (5%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Successful completion of fieldwork including attendance at fieldwork briefing; submission of (i) a completed and signed Student Placement Evaluation Form - Revised (SPEF-R) (ii) signed timesheet and (iii) Student Review of Placement form; and (iv) reflective journal
  • One 1,000 word reflective journal
  • Two self evaluations of group participation
  • Attendance at 80% of scenario based tutorials, practical skills sessions and seminars, unless a medical certificate is provided.

Workload requirements

This unit will run for 9 weeks of academic/fieldwork followed by one week Swot Vac, one week of exams and one week vacation. As this is an accelerated program, the workload demands are more than would be expected of an undergraduate 12 CP unit as it is run over 9 rather than 12 weeks.

PBL Tutorials - 4 hours per week (on campus)

Lectures - 4 hours per week (online)

Practicals - 4 hours per week (on campus)

Fieldwork (Placement weeks 1-9) - up to 12 hours per week

Private study - 12 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

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