Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Productivity is one of the three major components of occupational therapy practice in the PEO Model namely: self-care, productivity & leisure. This course will focus on adults and older adults (18+ years). Disability Management in its broadest sense will be examined from an Australian and international perspective. This will encompass the employee who has sustained a workplace injury, and persons with a disability (congenital or acquired) that is not work related but impacts upon their ability to do typical workloads. The course will also encompass those with chronic conditions living in the community who wish to continue productive living in some form or another.

Productive living will therefore encompass all forms of productive work (e.g. specialised workshops, men sheds, technical groups, clubs such as Rotary or Lions Clubs, volunteering, making things for sale, growing vegetables for the neighbourhood, etc.). Productivity is therefore defined as work related but not just paid work. Being productive is part of healthy living.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain how occupational therapists practice across the field of work rehabilitation and in enabling participation in productive occupation.

2. Analyse the relationship between a worker, work and the environment and that of a person, their productive occupation and their environments.

3. Evaluate a client's capacity to work and return to work.

4. Formulate a viable plan to enable transition within or re-entry into work/productive occupation.

5. Justify the role of occupational therapy for enabling productive occupation within traditional and non-traditional/emerging practice.

6. Communicate and collaborate effectively, in both oral and written form, independently and within a group, using the appropriate conventions of the discipline.


This course will focus on diverse groups of individuals who are seeking to enhance their possibilities to become productive citizens. This participation in occupation may be through formal paid employment or other related productive areas according to the needs and abilities of individuals.

Students will learn content related to the practice area of occupational rehabilitation, a key employer of occupational therapists locally, through lectures, discussion and laboratory activities. Students will conduct a worker/workplace assessment. Another portion of the class is related to practical strategies to assist all persons, with and without disabilities to engage in paid or non-paid work as productive occupation.  Such activities are also reflected in current practice.  Many class sessions and laboratories will be led by clinical specialists.  Students will also demonstrate ability to integrate research evidence into their practice reasoning.



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

Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT2150, OCCT2151, OCCT2252 and HUBS2103.

Assumed knowledge

Prior successful completion of OCCT2150, OCCT2151, OCCT2252 and HUBS2103.

Assessment items

Report: Work/Workplace Assessment Report

Written Assignment: Exam Question Preparation

In Term Test: Formal Final Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1.5 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Laboratory for 1.5 Hours per Week


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

Lecture for 2 Hours per Week for 13 Weeks

Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 1

1 hours per week for 7 Weeks (Weeks 1-7)

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.