Occupational Therapy 2: Specific Prac Skills

Course code OCCT2110Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Occupational Therapy (OT) 2 - Specific Practice Skills explores in depth additional core practice areas of occupational therapy. These areas require a higher level of technical skills and more contact hours to practice and consolidate. These practice skills include the following:
. Home modifications and equipment provision
. Splinting
. Falls

This course has a strong practical focus and uses case based learning to teach students within a safe laboratory environment to problem solve, reason professionally, and practice specific intervention skills.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesUpon completion of the home modification component, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate a client's home environment, determining necessary modifications for improved occupational performance
2. Measure dimensions of the client's home accurately
3. Interpret technical drawings
4. Draw clear technical diagrams of modifications and positions for rails in bathrooms and toilets

Upon completion of the splinting component, students will be able to:
5. Identify splinting materials and their characteristics
6. Recognise the rationale for splinting and the different types of splints used
7. Describe the principles of designing a splint (e.g., anatomical and biomechanical features of the hand, required hand assessments)
8. Design and fabricate three static hand splints

Upon completion of the theory and practice related to the focus areas, students will be able to:
9. Assess and analyse occupational performance tasks and components in relation to the environment
10. Assess and analyse the impact of the environment on occupational task performance
11. Analyse an activity according to occupational performance components
12. Plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapeutic interventions with clients where person-environment-occupation mismatch occurs
13.Apply appropriate educational and therapeutic principles when assisting clients to improve occupational performance
14.Select work, recreational and domestic activities appropriate to the needs and abilities of the client
ContentThis will consist of fixed resource sessions and laboratories to underpin both the theory and practice associated with the components of OCCT2110.

Fixed resource sessions (lectures):
These lectures are designed to provide an overview of major medical conditions associated with injuries, falls and fractures and to introduce the student to occupational therapy practice in these areas. They will cover areas such as,orthopaedics and associated conditions. Case-based teaching will illustrate these practices.

Designed to teach specific intervention strategies or professional skills with practical involvement, in the areas of hand therapy, joint protection, home modifications, kitchen assessment.

A manual (revised annually) accompanies this course and can be purchased at the University Bookshop on campus. This, together with lecture material and practical experiences will form the basis for all the assignments.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeOCCT1110, OCCT1201, HUBS1105 and HUBS1403
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassWritten Exam
Examination: ClassHome modifications
Examination: On-lineSplinting
Other: (please specify)Students must pass this course to progress to OCCT2200
Attendance is compulsory at 80% of lab sessions (pre-placement competence)
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT1201 and HUBS1105.