Occupational Therapy 2: Introductory Theory and Practice

Course code OCCT2100Units 20Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon 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.
ContentFixed 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

Professional Placement
. Preparation of students for placement (including setting of learning objectives).
. 4 week full-time placement.
. Debrief following placement.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeOCCT1110, OCCT1201, OCCT1210, HUBS1105, HUBS1403, HLSC1000, HUBS1404, PUBH1080
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassExamination will be an OSCE (Observation Skills Clinical Assessment)
Examination: FormalWritten exam
Other: (please specify)Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Evaluation x 1 - Pass/Fail (Compulsory Pass)
Other: (please specify)Attendance, participation and submission of laboratory work. This item must be passed to pass the course.
ProjectsCase-based project
Contact HoursClinical: 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
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT1201. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate the following Placement Requirements prior to placement:

• a National Police Certificate
• a completed and signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement
• a completed and signed NSW Health Student Declaration
• all specified immunisations and evidence of immunity
• a completed NSW Health Form 2. - Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool
• a completed NSW Health Form 3. - Student Undertaking/Declaration

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfill the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.