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OCCP5208: Biomechanical and Sensorimotor Strategies

Students will develop knowledge and skills required to provide occupational therapy for people whose occupational performance is compromised by biomechanical and sensory motor impairments. A variety of theoretical perspectives used to guide practice will be covered. Students will learn how to evaluate performance, design occupation-embedded therapy programs, clearly articulate the theoretical and evidence-based rationale for their programs, and select methods to evaluate outcomes from therapy.

Code OCCP5208
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6
BIOS1168 or BIOS5090
Assumed knowledge:
Musculoskeletal anatomy knowledge

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

  • LO1. identify and describe the major upper limb impairments that impact on occupational performance, and personal experience in adults and children
  • LO2. measure upper limb range of motion, strength, sensation, coordination, and arm/hand use using informal methods, structured observation, and standardised assessments
  • LO3. interpret assessment data, establish therapy aims, and set hypothetical occupational performance goals for selected case histories
  • LO4. identify, describe, and develop skill in applying methods used by occupational therapists to increase or preserve range of motion, strength, coordination, and endurance capacities that enable arm and hand use
  • LO5. demonstrate knowledge and skill in embedding upper limb strategy application training techniques within the performance of daily life occupations
  • LO6. articulate supporting rationales for therapy programs developed that take into consideration client preferences, critiques of evidence, and core theories
  • LO7. synthesise learning by developing and justifying occupational therapy programs for selected clients whose occupational performance is compromised by upper limb impairment.