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Unit description

Explores the concepts of what are “home” and “community” from different cultural perspectives, and the effects of physical, cognitive and psychosocial dysfunction and environmental constraints on occupational performance within the home and community. Occupational therapy assessment of the accessibility of home and public environments, and the development of culturally appropriate interventions, including the use of appropriate assistive devices/technology, will be examined.

Unit content

  • Community and home environments – what are they, how are they defined, impact on occupational performance
  • Introduction to legislative and regulatory aspects affecting home and community
  • Concepts of Universal Design and access standards
  • Assessing for and prescribing basic home modifications
  • Driving and other forms of transport: assessment and related aspects
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living – definitions, inclusions and assessment
  • Clinical reasoning and report writing skills
  • Assistive technology and devices appropriate for home and community contexts
  • Carer and home occupations

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
1define home and community environments in terms of personal preferences, occupational roles, activities and routines, and physical and socio-cultural dimensionsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2assess people's occupational performance with regard to their daily lives and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in home and community contextsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3assess the home and community environment and identify the impact on people's occupational performance and instrumental activities of daily livingKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4discuss factors in the home and community environment that can impact on occupational performance, engagement and social inclusionCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5identify and prioritise issues to address for clients entering, returning to or remaining in their homes or other living arrangementsCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6recommend appropriate strategies to maintain, restore or enhance occupational performance in home and community contexts using relevant theoretical frameworksCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. define home and community environments in terms of personal preferences, occupational roles, activities and routines, and physical and socio-cultural dimensions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. assess people's occupational performance with regard to their daily lives and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living in home and community contexts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. assess the home and community environment and identify the impact on people's occupational performance and instrumental activities of daily living
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. discuss factors in the home and community environment that can impact on occupational performance, engagement and social inclusion
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. identify and prioritise issues to address for clients entering, returning to or remaining in their homes or other living arrangements
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. recommend appropriate strategies to maintain, restore or enhance occupational performance in home and community contexts using relevant theoretical frameworks
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Curtin, M, Egan, M and Adams, J , 2017, Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment, 7th edn, Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0-7020-5446-4 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (ADL lab+Comp lab) (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report45%
Case study50%
Practical skills5%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (ADL lab+Comp lab) (12 weeks)
Assessment
Report45%
Case study50%
Practical skills5%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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