Occupational Therapy 2: Introductory Theory and Practice
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
This course explores core theory and practice areas of occupational therapy. It introduces the student to the theory and process of occupational therapy practice by addressing occupational performance issues that arise during adulthood, when person-environment-occupation mismatches occur. More specifically, the course focus is on clients for whom disturbances of bodily structure/function adversely affect their performance within the environments where they carry out their daily occupations. The learning material relates to communication skills, methods of assessment, interventions, report writing and evaluation. This course will also provide the opportunities to experience specific intervention strategies, and to experiment with equipment and techniques in a supervised environment.
In addition to addressing generic practice skills, students will undertake studies in specific occupational areas. They will further consolidate their learning with professional practice.
This course is Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
|Objectives||Upon completion of the course theory and practice, students should be able to, on a basic level:
1. Work effectively in a group
2. Assess and analyse occupational performance tasks and components in relation to the environment
3. Plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapeutic intervention with clients where person-environment-occupation mismatch occurs
4. Apply a model of practice to guide the above process
5. Apply appropriate educational principles when assisting clients to improve occupational performance
6. Select work, recreational and domestic activities appropriate to the needs and abilities of the client
7. Demonstrate ability and creativity to utilise a range of media for therapeutic purposes
8. At all times demonstrate awareness of safe lifting and handling techniques, including safe transfer of clients during fieldwork.
|Content||Fixed Resource Stream (lectures)
There will be a series of fixed resource sessions on aspects of occupational theory as it relates to professional practice, evaluation processes, and intervention strategies with clients whose primary diagnosis is physical dysfunction. As students will be undertaking a professional placements throughout the year, the emphasis will be on occupational health practice for clients as well as for students as workers.
The laboratories will be run to complement the course topics and are designed to teach specific intervention strategies or professional skills. The laboratories allow students to experience specific treatments and to experiment with equipment and techniques in a supervised environment, and to prepare students for their professional placement experience. It is therefore important that students attend sessions to maximise their opportunities to learn. Students need to be adequately prepared for their placement experience, and the basic evidence provided of this preparation is attendance at laboratory sessions.
For information on the objectives and content for each laboratory, please consult the laboratory manual for this course.
The tutorials are based upon a case study, which has been chosen to highlight major assessment and intervention areas in which an occupational therapist might be involved.
The tutorials are designed around problem based learning and will allow students to experience group learning and group process. It is assumed that each member of the group undertakes responsibility for his/her own learning. In addition, the tutorials challenge each individual to accept responsibility for the groups learning as a whole.
It is therefore essential that all students must attend each session. Student absences from sessions require the submission of a Special Consideration form and accompanying documentation.
For information on the tutorial process, please consult your tutorial guide
. Preparation of students for placement (including setting of learning objectives).
. 4 week full-time placement.
. Debrief following placement.
|Assumed Knowledge||OCCT1110, OCCT1201, OCCT1210, HUBS1105, HUBS1403, HLSC1000, HUBS1404, PUBH1080|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Case Study
|Contact Hours||Clinical: for 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term