Adapting Environments

Course code OCCT3160Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Assess and analyse the impact of the environment (home/community/social/political/cultural) on the occupational task performance of particular individuals.
2. Select domestic and community activities appropriate to the needs and abilities of the Person/client.
3. Evaluate homes or community environments, determining necessary modifications to improve 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.
ContentThis 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)Partial replacement = 50% of OCCT2110
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
PracticalWritten Practical - Practical assessment - off site / hand-in task.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentOnly available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) Program.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of OCCT2151.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OCCT3160