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OCTY71-100: Foundations of Occupational Therapy May 2017 [Standard]

General information

Occupation is human activity that brings meaning and purpose to life. In this subject you will explore the foundations of occupational therapy. You will develop an understanding of occupation, the relationships between occupation and health, and the role of occupational therapy in enabling occupation. You will explore the principles of occupational science and occupational justice. Short practice placement experiences will develop your understanding of the occupational therapy profession.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:OCTY71-100
Subject title:Foundations of Occupational Therapy
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Placement: x2 (Total hours: 16) - No Description
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Tutorial


Prescribed resources:
  • Susan M. Hussey,Barbara Sabonis-Chafee,Jane Clifford O'Brien (2007). Introduction to Occupational Therapy. Mosby Incorporated , 301.
  • Doris E. Pierce (2013). Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy. Slack , 362.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (2008). Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Amer Occupational Therapy Assn , 64.
  • Merrill Turpin,Michael K. Iwama (2010). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice. Churchill Livingstone , 195.
  • Ann A. Wilcock,Clare Hocking (2015). An Occupational Perspective of Health. Slack , 512.
  • Reid, D. (2008). Exploring the relationship between occupational presence, occupational engagement and people's wellbeing. 4347.
  • Hocking, C. (2009). The challenge of occupation: Describing the things people do. 14015.
  • Dickie, V., Cutchin, M. P., Humphry, R. (2006). Occupation as transactional experience: A critique of individualism in occupational science. 8393.
  • Wilcock, A. A. (1999). Reflections on doing, being and becoming. 111.
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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Examine current concepts in occupation including occupational performance, enablement, participation, and justice.
  2. Explain the relationship between human occupation and health.
  3. Interpret the transactive and narrative natures of occupation through selected occupational therapy practice models.
  4. Apply an occupational lens to understanding health & wellbeing.
  5. Describe the history and current practice of occupational therapy.
  6. Develop foundational knowledge in occupational science.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay You will select an activity of interest that may form part of human occupation. You will scope and summarise the literature on that activity, detailing the relationship between activity, health, barriers and facilitators, access and justice. 2000 words 40% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Oral Presentation In this task you will construct an occupational profile for yourself and one other person (whom you will interview). You will compare and contrast these profiles and analyse these differences in the context of occupational therapy theory. 20% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4.
Journal Following two days of fieldwork with an occupational therapist, you will complete a fieldwork journal detailing your analysis and reflection on your experience. 1000 words 40% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

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Policy on late submission and extensions

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

You will explore and examine current concepts in occupation

1, 2, 4.

You will interpret the narrative nature of health with a focus on the Kawa Model

1, 2, 3, 4.

You will explain and interpret the transactive nature of occupation with a specific focus on the PEO Model

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

You will explain and explore the barriers and facilitators to occupation with a specific focus on the CMOP-E

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

You will examine and interpret the concept of occupational justice in occupational therapy

1, 2, 3, 4, 6.

You will explore and explain the relationship between engagement in occupation by populations and health and wellbeing

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will observe, examine and explain current professional and ethical practice.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will explore and examine current concepts in occupational science

1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will explore current concepts in occupational science and develop foundation knowledge in occupational science

1, 2, 4, 6.

You will explore and describe the history of occupational therapy and how it shaped current practice

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

You will explore and develop a foundational understanding of current occupational therapy practice

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

You will observe, examine and reflect on current professional and ethical practice.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Approved on: Apr 9, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: May 3, 2017.