Unit description

Introduces students to the profession of occupational therapy, including: Values and beliefs, philosophical bases, foundational concepts, models and scope of current occupational therapy practice. Understanding humans as occupational beings and the importance of occupation to health will also be introduced. Fieldwork will focus on the development of professional behaviours.

Unit content

Topic 1 Evolution of the profession in Australia and internationally
Topic 2 Conceptual bases of occupational therapy
Topic 3 Humans as occupational beings
Topic 4 Relationship between occupations and health
Topic 5 The World Health Organization and other perspectives on health, well being and disease
Topic 6 Foundational concepts of occupation
Topic 7 Key constructs of occupational therapy models of practice
Topic 8 Scope of current occupational therapy practice
Topic 9 Professional behaviours which are consistent with the conduct standards of Occupational Therapy
Topic 10 Preparing for success in professional practice and fieldwork learning
Topic 11 Research, written expression and referencing in scholarly written work

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Essential for this unit: Curtin, M, Molineux, M & Supyk-Mellson, J, 2010, Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: Enabling occupation, 6th edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 40 hours (1 week)
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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