Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

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

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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