Adapting Environments in the Home

Course code OCCT3160
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


In Australia, a key role of a community-based occupational therapist is adapting a person's environment in which they live. This may include modifying a person's home both inside and outside to optimise their functioning. It may also include assessing and modifying transport facilities and other local amenities and buildings which they need to access in their daily routines. This breadth of perspective also requires an awareness of not just the physical but also the social and cultural environment and the occupational concept of "place". In integrating theory and practice there is a high level of technical skills associated with this learning which is underpinned by the occupational therapists' practice reasoning which incorporates the person, their family and/or significant others.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess and analyse the impact of the environment (home/community/social/political/cultural) on a person's occupational task performance.

2. Select domestic and community activities appropriate to the needs and abilities of the client.

3. Evaluate a client's home or community environment, determining necessary modifications for improved occupational performance.

4. Accurately measure specific relevant dimensions of the home of relevant Persons/clients

5. Draw clear sketches & technical drawings of modifications and positions for rails in bathrooms and toilets.

6. Critically appraise the modification for improving the quality of life of the person/family and relevant others.

7. Clearly describe practice reasoning for all proposed recommendations.


This course has been designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to competently adapt the environment of a Person/client to safely meet their functional needs.

Students will learn the technical skills required and the importance of practice reasoning in providing recommendations for their clients.

Although there is a focus on how to modify the ‘physical’ environment, as the social, cultural, and political environments of any person affect any proposed modification they are also discussed in this course.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): OCCT2110. Students who have successfully completed OCCT2110 are not eligible to enrol in OCCT3160.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT2151.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Exam Online, In-class

Written Assignment: Installing a Grab Rail using evidence

Written Assignment: Modification Recommendation

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Computer laboratory will run in week 3 only On-line lectures to compliment the course materials.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Lectures will occur in weeks 1 to 5

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Self Directed Learning will involve Experiential Case Based Learning [CBL] in self-directed study time 6 hours/week for 4 weeks On-line discussion groups in Blackboard.