Unit aim

Presents and applies principles of learning and systematic instruction that underpin occupational therapy assessment and intervention in all areas of practice. This includes understanding how people learn individually and in groups; understanding behavioural change and how this can be influenced; developing skills in assessing tasks, and instructional strategies used by occupational therapists.

Unit content

Topic 1: Group work

  • Theories of group work and group dynamics
  • Experiential learning in groups
  • Types of groups

Topic 2: Therapeutic use of activities

  • Occupational, activity and task analysis
  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Grading activities for therapy
  • Behaviour change

Topic 3: Individual learning/instruction

  • Learning theories
  • Learning styles
  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Phases of learning (acquisition, fluency, maintenance and generalisation)
  • Individual instructional strategies

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (Wks 1, 2, 3)
Lecture on-site 2 hours
Lecture on-site 1 hour
Tutorial on-site 3 hours
Tutorial on-site 2 hours
Tutorial on-site 1 hour

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