Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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

Coffs Harbour

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 )
Exam: closed book50%

Gold Coast

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)
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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