Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to fundamental concepts in Occupational Therapy (OT). Students examine theoretical models of practice applicable to OT practice. They also consider the OT process and are introduced to the development and implementation of appropriate OT interventions.

Concepts and skills include the therapeutic use of meaningful occupation in various contexts of practice, analysis of occupational behaviour, the development of therapeutic activity programs and occupational performance issues relevant to humans.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An understanding of the philosophy and scope of Occupational Therapy.

2. An understanding of the Occupational Therapy process.

3. Elementary skills in the analysis and application of the use of activity as a therapeutic tool.

4. Understanding of typical developmental and lifespan issues relevant to Occupational Therapy.

5. Understanding and skills in applying theoretical models relevant to Occupational Therapy practice.


  • Introduction to the philosophy of the occupational therapy profession
  • Introduction to activity analysis and the use of activities in the therapeutic process
  • Exploration of occupational performance issues
  • Introduction to basic skills required for Occupational Therapy practice
  • Introduction to and application of occupational-focused models within the occupational therapy process.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program.

Assessment items

Exhibition / Poster: Essay/Written Assignment (Poster)

Presentation: Group Presentation

Quiz: Online Quiz

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

Changing seminars from 11 to 12 weeks.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.