Occupational Science in the Community

Course code OCCT3263Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The international relevance of occupational science concepts will be reviewed alongside recent developments in the ICF classification of dysfunction and health by the World Health Organisation [WHO].This course will focus on the main theoretical areas in this field in the first part and this knowledge will then be integrated into a practical component whereby groups of students will focus on a local organisation or group and will liaise with and design a specific program for that context.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs a result of completing this course students will be able to:
1. Locate, interpret and synthesise literature relating to areas of occupational science enquiry so that this work is evidenced based.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of political, cultural and socio-economic factors that impact upon occupational functioning and well-being for communities.
3. Construct a viable community program that is designed with potential client consultation.
4. Appraise the program upon reflection of the processes that underpinned this task.
ContentTopics include:
1. Health promotion and community development.
2. Community needs assessment.
3. Occupational functioning / dysfunctioning of groups and/or communities.
4. World Health Organisation (ICF) models and frameworks.
5. Evidenced based practice in relation to occupational science.
6. Examples from local practice.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing part of Course OCCT2210
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course will use cumulative knowledge from the prior 2.5 years of study in all the occupational therapy courses + practice education courses OCCT 2254 & OCCT 3161 too and the Public Health course PUBH1080 and PSYCH 2505
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Field Study
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsIndividual sectioned reports as a written assignment (individual)
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial Participation in peer-led groups (individual)
Contribution to on-line discussions (individual
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Experience Based Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only open to Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students