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 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013
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 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. Measure specific dimensions of the client's home accurately.
5. Critique technical drawings.
6. Draw clear sketches & technical drawings of modifications and positions for rails in bathrooms and toilets.
7. Critically appraise the modification for improving the quality of life of the person / family and relevant others.
8. Assess, measure and draw modifications for a stated community venue.
9. Clearly describe practice reasoning for all proposed recommendations.
ContentThis course focusses on modifications in the home and community environment that will enhance safety and function for an individual to improve their quality of life. Assessment and evaluation of an individual/family needs and the application of technical measurments and abilities is delivered through a critical and reflective framework of the student's practice resoning. This work will be set into a person's social, cultural and political environment.
Replacing Course(s)Partial replacement = 50% of OCCT2110
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis third level course will assume the knowledge, skills and attitudes that have been developed in all the courses in years one and two of the program.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Experience Based Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
PracticalPractical 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 EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy program.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for OCCT3160