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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

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
  • Functional anatomy of brain
  • Applied Cognition; Sensory Processing; Knowing; Thinking; Doing
  • Consciousness, Attention and Orientation
  • 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
  • Methods of assessing cognitive functioning and setting appropriate client centred goals
  • Application of knowledge to specific case studies
  • 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1explain the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
2discuss characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders.
3develop evidence based intervention principles and strategies that include those used by a range of professionals as well as those specific to occupational therapists
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 families
5critically analyse major theoretical frameworks influencing assessment and intervention of cognition
6analyse and report how occupational performance is impacted by cognitive impairment

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

  1. explain the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
  2. discuss characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders.
  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
  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
  5. critically analyse major theoretical frameworks influencing assessment and intervention of cognition
  6. analyse and report how occupational performance is impacted by cognitive impairment

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
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: take home30%
Practical skills20%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (9 weeks )
Laboratory session 1 x 3 hours (9 weeks )
Assessment
Case study50%
Exam: take home30%
Practical skills20%
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

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