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Unit description

Examines the practice of occupational therapy for individuals whose occupational performance has been impacted by a range of cognitive/mental impairments. Students will develop theory driven and practical clinical reasoning skills to guide their approach to assessment and intervention for clients with cognitive impairments.

Unit content

  • Introduction to Cognition Assessment and Intervention
  • General Principals of Cognition – theoretical overview and models of cognitive function
  • Consciousness, Attention and Orientation – functional anatomy of brain
  • Methods of assessing cognitive functioning and setting appropriate client centred goals
  • Perception – assessing sensory function and exploring theories of perception, sensation and pain in relation to occupational performance and treatment
  • Memory and Orientation – how these affect occupational performance and occupational therapy intervention
  • Executive Function – planning, problem solving and judgement and how these impact occupational performance
  • Application of knowledge to specific case studies
  • Sleep and Sleep Hygiene
  • Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform (PRPP) Assessment and Occupational Performance Model Australia – OPM(A)
  • Assessment of adult, legal decision-making capacity

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
1explain the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performanceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2discuss characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders. Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3develop evidence based intervention principles and strategies that include those used by a range of professionals as well as those specific to occupational therapistsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
4design and implement occupational therapy programs that are client-centred and occupation-embedded to address the impact of cognitive impairment on everyday task performance for people with impairments and their familiesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
5critically analyse major theoretical frameworks influencing assessment and intervention of cognitionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
6analyse and report how perceptual deficits impact task performance in individuals with traumatic brain injuryIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. explain the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. discuss characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. develop evidence based intervention principles and strategies that include those used by a range of professionals as well as those specific to occupational therapists
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. design and implement occupational therapy programs that are client-centred and occupation-embedded to address the impact of cognitive impairment on everyday task performance for people with impairments and their families
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. critically analyse major theoretical frameworks influencing assessment and intervention of cognition
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. analyse and report how perceptual deficits impact task performance in individuals with traumatic brain injury
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (9 weeks )
Laboratory session 1 x 3 hours (9 weeks )
Assessment
Case study50%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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