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OCCP5237: Introduction to OT Theory and Practice

This unit of study will introduce students to the theory and practice of occupational therapy through on campus learning activities and a fieldwork placement. Students will learn about the concepts and philosophies that underpin occupational therapy professional practice (including models of practice based on sociological, psychological and biological theories), specifically the nature of human occupations and the analysis of occupations. They will also apply this to the occupational therapy process and principles of practice as modelled by therapists in practice. As part of the fieldwork experience students will develop an understanding of the occupational therapy process and develop practical skills in communication, interaction and professional behaviour under supervision. Students will also engage in self reflection to identify their personal learning needs, existing strengths and required capabilities of occupational therapists. The placement experience is completed outside of the semesters during semester breaks.

Code OCCP5237
Academic unit Participation Sciences
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. demonstrate professional behaviours appropriate to the expectations of the university and fieldwork setting
  • LO2. demonstrate skills for managing learning in a professional context
  • LO3. explain the significance of occupation to human health and well-being, and outline the taxonomy of human occupations
  • LO4. analyse occupations using relevant conceptual models and identify person-environment-occupation aspects of occupational performance
  • LO5. describe how to design and adapt therapeutic occupations
  • LO6. demonstrate communication skills that will achieve professional objectives, and build collegial and therapeutic relationships
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding of professional communication and how it will impact on your role as a health professional

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.