The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


In Australia, a key role of a community-based occupational therapist is adapting relevant physical environments. This may include modifying individual homes, schools, transport facilities and other local amenities and buildings which people with disabling conditions need to access during 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". When integrating theory and practice to adapt environments the Occupational Therapist requires an advanced level of technical skills and appropriate professional reasoning incorporating consideration of the needs of the person and significant others.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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 modification according to AS1428.1 and National Construction Codes, for improved 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, according to AS1428.1 and National Construction Codes.

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.


This 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.


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

Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT2151.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Exam Online, In-class

Written Assignment: Recommendation for a home modification

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 3

Computer Lab will be scheduled in Week 3


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1

Labs will occur in weeks 1 and 2 & 4 and 5


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks starting in week 1

Lectures will occur in weeks 1 to 5

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Self Directed Learning will involve Experiential Case Based Learning [CBL] in self-directed study time 6 hours/week for 4 weeks On-line discussion groups in Blackboard.