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OCTY71-109: Occupational Therapy: Learn, Play, Connect September 2019 [Standard]

General information

Learning, playing and connecting are integral to building life skills, mental well-being and resilience. In this subject you will explore occupations associated with learning, playing and connecting. Specific approaches, such as behavioural, sensory and coaching approaches will be learnt, including their application to fields such as paediatrics, mental health, intellectual disability and ageing. This subject will include a practical experience project working alongside a child at a local school to promote occupation.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:OCTY71-109
Subject title:Occupational Therapy: Learn, Play, Connect
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 52) - Recommended Study Hours
  • Placement: x4 (Total hours: 20) - Work Placement: Learn, Play, Connect
Attendance and learning activities: 10% of marks for this subject will be allocated for participation during sessions. Attendance at all sessions is required as each session is information heavy and a lot of practical participation is expected.


Prescribed resources:
  • Case-Smith, Jane, O'Brien, Jane Clifford, (2013). Occupational Therapy for Children. 6th, Elsevier Health Sciences various
  • readings. [weekly readings of texts and articles to be advise]
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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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. Critically analyse and synthesise the literature.
  2. Explain the health benefits of learning, playing and connecting.
  3. Apply therapeutic reasoning to the assessment and intervention planning in the context of paediatric practice.
  4. Apply skills in a range of therapeutic approaches.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation 1% mark for attendance and active participation in each session up to a total of 10% 10% Ongoing 2, 3, 4.
Essay Assessment task 1: A 1500 word essay. The essay is a critical analysis and synthesis of the literature on a topic of the students choice, relating to the barriers and facilitators to, and psychosocial health benefits of, a chosen learning, play, leisure, or social activity 20% Week 4 1, 2.
Essay Assessment task 2: 1000 word report. Based on your observations and assessment of yournominated child across two visits at a local school, you will prepare a report outlining your interpretation of the child's function and skills 30% Week 10 3.
Skills Assignment Assessment task 3: Resource box and oral defence 15 minute presentation. You will prepare a resource box to promote occupational development for a school child that you have worked with over this semester. You will orally defend the clinical reasoning behind the inclusions of the objects in the box and the design of the box itself 40% Week 13 2, 3, 4.
  • * 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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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

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.

Accessibility and Inclusion 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

subject outline; models of practice; play, learning and connecting across the lifespan; identifying barriers; facilitating

working with families of clients; family system model; professional responsibility and occupational beings

social development; social behaviour; types of relationships resilience factors and interventions

purpose of play; development of play skills; performance components play theories and constraints

theories of development; development of learning, playing and connecting skills across the lifespan

practice frameworks; purpose of evaluation; types of evaluation standardised testing

neurology of sensory processing; interventions using sensory processing models

challenging behaviours; behavioural management approaches

occupation centred interventions in schools; task analysis; assistive technology; transitions

how acute settings affect learning, playing and connecting

review of information from previous sessions

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Approved on: Jul 14, 2019. Edition: 2.1