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OCCP1105: Physical Capacity and Occupational Performance

2024 unit information

In this unit of study, students will explore how physical capacity supports occupational performance and how difficulties arising from acute or chronic conditions reduce function. Students learn ways of working with individuals who experience challenges in relation to their physical capacity and how the impact of these challenges can be measured, minimised and overcome. Using case studies from across the continuum of care in various health settings and integrating knowledge from occupational therapy and biomedical science, students will: apply information from upper limb and body system anatomy and physiology to understand the impact of disorders of physical capacity on every day function; learn methods for measuring and assessing functional capacity within the context of occupational performance; apply evidence based interventions in order to build physical capacity to engage in everyday task performance; design and fabricate a range of upper limb orthoses for various needs and conditions. This unit includes learning activities that will contribute to practice education hours.

Unit details and rules

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Participation Sciences

Code OCCP1105
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the primary role and function of the cardiac, respiratory and lymphatic systems in the human body.
  • LO2. Describe the physical disease processes that impact on joints and structures of the upper limb.
  • LO3. Justify the assessment measures, interventions and orthoses that occupational therapists typically prescribe in basic upper limb injuries/pathologies.
  • LO4. Demonstrate beginner competency in splint and cast fabrication for the upper limb.
  • LO5. Demonstrate developing skills in measuring and interpreting markers of physical function on occupational performance (e.g. pulse oximetry for energy management).
  • LO6. Determine specific and measurable occupational performance issues in individuals.
  • LO7. Explain and deconstruct how lifestyle diseases impact individual clients and clinical populations in diverse ways.
  • LO8. Identify issues in diagnosing, treating and preventing disease and illness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients
  • LO9. Identify current demographic, health indicators and statistical trends for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and compare these to trends for non-Indigenous peoples in Australia over time.
  • LO10. Describe the concept of strengths-based knowledge and communication and how this is used to balance problem-based perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and peoples.
  • LO11. Apply evidence based occupational therapy intervention plans to individuals with limiting physical conditions.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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