Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


In Australia, a key role of occupational therapists is adapting environmental contexts. 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 how physical and sensory issues impact on an individual. It also requires an understanding of their social and cultural environment and the occupational concept of "place."

When integrating theory and practice to adapt environmental contexts an occupational therapist requires an advanced level of technical skills and appropriate professional reasoning incorporating consideration of the needs of the person and significant others.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

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



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Course materials complement the lectures

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.