Occupational Science in the Community

Course code OCCT4163Units 10Level 4000Faculty 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 teaching the main theoretical areas in this field and associated intervention approaches. This knowledge will be integrated into a practical component whereby students will focus on a local organisation, population or group to diagnose an issue of occupational need and create occupational science-based responses as a consultant, educator and advocate.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesAs a result of completing this course students will be able to:
1. Apply an occupational science evidence-based practice way of thinking about contemporary occupational therapy practice
2. Interpret the difference between basic and applied occupational science knowledge underpinning practice
3. Analyse the observable and phenomenological aspects of occupations
4. Synthesize occupational science knowledge from diverse studies to consider and apply how occupational therapy practice might serve individuals, communities, and society
5. Generate sound interventions associated with consultation, education and advocacy grounded in occupational science
6. Communicate and collaborate effectively, in both oral and written form, independently and wthin a group, using the appropriate conventions of the discipline
ContentTopics include:
1. Occupational science
2. Health promotion and community development
3. Community needs assessment
4. Occupational performance diagnosis of function to dysfunction
5. World Health Organization (ICF) model and constructs
6. Evidence-based practice
7. Public speaking, advocacy and client education as intervention
8. Examples from contemporary and/or local occupational therapy practice
Replacing Course(s)Replacing part of Course OCCT2210
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course will use cumulative knowledge from the prior 3 years of study in all the occupational therapy courses + practice education courses OCCT2254 & OCCT3161 and the Public Health course PUBH1080 and PSYCH2505.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Individual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsWritten analysis based on course content
Other: (please specify)Reflection via online written participation
Other: (please specify)In order to pass this course, students must:
a. Gain an average mark of 50% or above
b. Attempt each assessment task.
An “attempt” is what a reasonable person (student and faculty) would determine is a diligent, full and honest effort under the same set of facts or circumstance
Presentations - IndividualApplication of course content via oral, visual and audio-visual format
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Tutorial: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Practical: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only open to Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for OCCT4163