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OCCP4102: Psychosocial Capacity and Occ Performance 2

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study will equip students will the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for work in a variety of mental health and psychosocially-oriented settings. Based on the philosophy of recovery-oriented practice, students learn about occupationally-focused practice in a variety of specialist mental health settings. Building on learning from previous units of study, students learn advanced engagement and intervention strategies to support individuals recovering from mental health challenges to build the meaningful, connected and contributing lives that they want. In this unit of study, students learn from both occupational therapy educators as well as lived experience educators.

Unit details and rules

Unit code OCCP4102
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
OCCP1106 and OCCP3103
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Justin Scanlan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment (Optional) Evidence-based translational resource
Creating a consumer-facing resource summarising an evidence-based article.
25% Week 07
Due date: 14 Apr 2024 at 23:59
Approximately 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Supervised test
End of semestest in-class exam
Completed during class in Week 13.
45% Week 13
Due date: 22 May 2024 at 10:00
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Tutorial quiz Weekly in-class quizzes
15 minute, in class quizzes each week.
30% Weekly Approximately 250 words.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

Weekly in-class quizzes will take place in class and will comprise of short answer questions completed at beginning of class. Quizzes are completed in 12 mintues and are based on the pre-reading for each week. Quizzes commence at 10am sharp.

(Optional) Evidence-based translational resource is an optional assessment. Students will propose an evidence-based article relevant to occupational therapy in mental health (to be submitted and approved by Week 5) to be translated into a resource that can be used to describe the evidence to consumers. This is an optional assessment worth 25%. Those students who select to complete this assessment will have their final mark determined as follows: Option A (total mark including optional assessment): Weekly Quizzes (30% weighting) + Evidence Based Translation Resource (25% weighting) + End of semester exam (45% weighting) OR Option B (total mark excluding optional assessment): Weekly Quizzes (30% weighting) + End of semester exam (70% weighting). The student will be awarded whichever is highest out of Option A or Option B. Students who select not to complete this optional assessment will have their final mark determined with the following weightings: Weekly Quizzes (30% weighting) + End of semester exam (70% weighting).

End of semestest in-class exam will include questions that have been co-designed by students and educators and may include video resources to be responded to. This exam will be completed during class in Week 13 of semester.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Outstanding level of achievement: Moves well beyond what would normally be expected for the student’s level of learning.  The work is structured appropriately, deeply analytical and well supported.


75 - 84

Excellent level of achievement: Clearly structured and presented.  Ideas/arguments are well articulated and systematically presented.  All tasks set by the assessment item are completed.  Work is comprehensive, analytical and presents evidence of critical thinking.


65 - 74

Above average level of achievement:  Incorporates many of the aspects listed above but without the same degree of analysis or critical thinking.  Demonstrates a sound understanding of the content.


50 - 64

Acceptable level of achievement: Work submitted meets the basic requirements of the set task.  Demonstrates a basic understanding of the topic/issue/concern but is less precise and less discriminating than higher level responses.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Standard late penalties apply. Students who arrive late for the in-class quizzes will be able to commence, but will have to finish at the same time as students who commenced on time.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

Support for students

The Support for Students Policy 2023 reflects the University’s commitment to supporting students in their academic journey and making the University safe for students. It is important that you read and understand this policy so that you are familiar with the range of support services available to you and understand how to engage with them.

The University uses email as its primary source of communication with students who need support under the Support for Students Policy 2023. Make sure you check your University email regularly and respond to any communications received from the University.

Learning resources and detailed information about weekly assessment and learning activities can be accessed via Canvas. It is essential that you visit your unit of study Canvas site to ensure you are up to date with all of your tasks.

If you are having difficulties completing your studies, or are feeling unsure about your progress, we are here to help. You can access the support services offered by the University at any time:

Support and Services (including health and wellbeing services, financial support and learning support)
Course planning and administration
Meet with an Academic Adviser

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Unit introduction. Development of an individualised learning plan. Review of psychosocial practice so far. Workshop (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 02 Resilience of occupational therapists. Strategies for wellbeing and thriving. Social media - help or hindrance? Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 03 Advanced communication techniques - stages of change, motivational interviewing and other approaches. Workshop (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Occupational Therapy in Eating Disorders (1) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Occupational Therapy in Eating Disorders (2) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Occupational Therapy in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (1) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Occupational Therapy in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Occupational Therapy in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (3) Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Occupational Therapy in Drug and Alcohol Services Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Occupational Therapy in Forensic Mental Health Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Advanced communication techniques: De-escalation and optimal engagement. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Review and revision of strategies for wellbeing and thriving and individualised learning plan. Revision of exam questions. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 In-class final exam Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to attend 85% of all workshops.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Apply occupationally-focused interventions through a recovery-oriented lens in a variety of specialist mental health settings
  • LO2. Analyse the similarities and differences in occupational therapy practice across different settings according to occupational preferences and priorities, mental health related challenges and life stages
  • LO3. Describe the potential impact of psychosocial stressors and mental health challenges on occupational performance and how these can be addressed / minimised
  • LO4. Demonstrate advanced communication and engagement techniques and strategies to optimise therapeutic relationships and manage complex interpersonal interactions
  • LO5. Incorporate knowledge and skills of culturally safe communication when interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and family members
  • LO6. Develop and implement a self-reflection and wellbeing strategy to support one’s own health and resilience in the workplace.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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