Unit description

Introduces students to the practice of occupational therapy for individuals whose occupational performance has been impacted by a range of cognitive/mental impairments. Through lectures and laboratories, 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

Topic 1: Introduction to Cognition Assessment and Intervention
Topic 2: General Principals of Cognition – theoretical overview and models of cognitive function
Topic 3: Consciousness, Attention and Orientation – functional anatomy of brain
Topic 4: Methods of assessing cognitive functioning and setting appropriate client centred goals
Topic 5: Perception – assessing sensory function and exploring theories of perception and sensation in
relation to occupational performance and treatment
Topic 6: Memory and Orientation – how these affect functional performance and occupational therapy intervention
Topic 7: Executive Function – planning, problem solving and judgement and how these impact functional performance
Topic 8: Application of knowledge to specific case studies
Topic 9: Sleep and Sleep Hygiene
Topic 10: PRPP – Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform

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

  • Not essential to purchase but would be an excellent resource to have: Brown, C & Stoffel, VC, 2011, Occupational Therapy In Mental Health, FA Davis Company, USA. ISBN: 978-0-8036-1704-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours
Laboratory session 1 x 3 hours
Presentation and Seminar Paper30%
Exam: closed book40%

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

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