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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. Professional experience learning will focus on the development of professional behaviours, communication, documentation skills and reflective practice.

Unit content

  • Evolution of the profession in Australia and internationally
  • Frameworks and scope of occupational therapy practice
  • The World Health Organization and other perspectives on health, well being and disease
  • Humans as occupational beings
  • Relationship between occupations and health
  • Key constructs of occupational therapy models of practice
  • Professional behaviours which are consistent with the conduct standards of Occupational Therapy
  • Professional information gathering, communication and documentation skills
  • Preparing for success in professional practice and fieldwork learning
  • Research, written expression, reflection 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the philosophy, focus and scope of occupational therapyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2investigate and document views of health that have shaped the occupational therapy profession including those of the World Health OrganisationIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3investigate, analyse and document information about occupations, health and well being through professional interviewingIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate ethical and professional communication skills that reflect professional values in occupational therapyKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5demonstrate key professional behaviours and meet all professional experience requirements prior to, during and after professional experience placement.Knowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the philosophy, focus and scope of occupational therapy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. investigate and document views of health that have shaped the occupational therapy profession including those of the World Health Organisation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. investigate, analyse and document information about occupations, health and well being through professional interviewing
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate ethical and professional communication skills that reflect professional values in occupational therapy
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. demonstrate key professional behaviours and meet all professional experience requirements prior to, during and after professional experience placement.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Essential for this unit: Brown, T, Bourke-Taylor, H, Isbel, S & Cordier, R, 2017, Occupational Therapy in Australia, Allen&Unwin, Sydney. ISBN: 9781925266634.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks )
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks )
Community/Professional placement 40 hours (Session 1)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (5 weeks )
Assessment
VIVA20%
Essay/Report30%
Exam: closed book50%
PlacementSR

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (5 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 Weeks )
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 Weeks )
Community/Professional placement 40 hours (Session 1)
Assessment
VIVA20%
Essay/Report30%
Exam: closed book50%
PlacementSR
Notice

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

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Fee information

Domestic

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International

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