Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Expands students' understanding of occupational therapy theory and process through the exploration of clinical reasoning and decision-making processes. Enable students to objectively compare and contrast approaches to practice using occupational therapy models, theories and frames of reference to guide clinical reasoning.

Unit content

Occupational therapy and linked models, theories and frames of reference, may include but not be limited to:

  • Occupational Performance Model OPM (Australia)
  • Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E)
  • Developmental model
  • Biomechanical model Ecology of Human Performance Model (EHPM)
  • Kawa (River) model Model of Human Occupation (MOHO)
  • Person-Environment-Occupation Model (PEO)
  • Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance Model (PEOP)
  • Occupational justice framework
  • Independent living model
  • Social model of disability
  • Models of clinical reasoning

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 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: open book40%

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