Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice 2B

Course code OCCT2200Units 20Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

This course aims to further the fundamental knowledge and skills required in OCCT2100 - OT2: Introductory Theory and Practice, and OCCT2110 - OT2: Specialty Skills. This course develops students knowledge of the theory and process of occupational therapy practice by addressing occupational performance issues experienced during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. More specifically, the course focus is on clients for whom disturbances of bodily structure/function impact on occupational performance. The learning material relates to communication skills, methods of assessment, interventions, report writing and evaluation. This course will also provide the opportunity to experience specific intervention strategies, and to experiment with equipment and techniques in a supervised environment.

Students will undertake studies in the specific practice areas of paediatrics and occupational rehabilitation. 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,the students should be able to:
1. Work effectively in a group
2. Assess and analyse occupational performance tasks and components in relation to the person and environment, in paediatric and occupational rehabilitation settings
3. Plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapy interventions with clients where person-environment-occupation mismatch occurs, in paediatric and occupational rehabilitation settings
4. Apply a model of practice to guide the above process
5. Apply a frame of reference to guide the above process
6. Apply appropriate educational principles when assisting clients to improve occupational performance,in paediatric and occupational rehabilitation settings
7. Select activities appropriate to the needs and abilities of clients,in paediatric and occupational rehabilitation settings
8. Demonstrate the ability and creativity to utilise a range of media for therapeutic purposes
9. Define the parameters of an ergonomic problem and use ergonomic analysis in therapeutic interventions
ContentFixed Resource sessions (lectures):
There will be a series of fixed resource sessions on aspects of occupational therapy as it relates to professional practice, evaluation processes, and intervention strategies with clients in paediatric and occupational health settings.

The tutorials are based on 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.

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.

Professional Placement
- Preparation of students for placement (including setting of learning objectives)
- 4 weeks full time placement.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeOCCT1100, OCCT1200, OCCT2100, OCCT2110, HUBS1105, HUBS1403
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Field Study
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOccupational Health worksite assessment (assesses objectives 2,3,4,5 and 9)
Examination: Formal2 hour examination
Other: (please specify)Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Evaluation x 1 - Pass/Fail (Compulsory pass)
Presentations - GroupPaediatric group presentation (assesses objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8)
Occupational Health group presentation (assesses objectives 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8)
Contact HoursPracticum: for 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
Compulsory Program ComponentApproved 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.