Unit description

Introduces the theoretical concepts related to occupational roles across the lifespan. The skills and abilities required for the development of, and transitions through occupational roles in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and in the elderly will be discussed.  The range of personal, social and developmental issues occurring at these stages will be examined as they influence the acquisition of occupational roles and vice versa.

Unit content

  • Developmental stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young, middle and late adulthood
  • Environmental theory and role theory as they provide context to doing that has personal meaning
  • The nature of occupations and occupational performance roles
  • Assessment of occupations and occupational performance roles
  • Development and implementation of possible occupational therapy interventions to remedy difficulties in personally meaningful occupational role performance.

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 2

  • No prescribed texts.
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)
Web page and participation30%

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


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