Occupational Science in the Community

Course code OCCT4163
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


The international relevance of occupational science concepts will be reviewed alongside the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. This course focuses on teaching the main theoretical areas in this field and associated intervention approaches. This knowledge is integrated into a practical component whereby students 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.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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 within a group, using the appropriate conventions of the discipline


Topics include:

  1. Occupational science
  2. Health promotion and community development
  3. Community needs assessment
  4. Occupational performance diagnosis of function to dysfunction
  5. Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion
  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)

This course replaces the following course(s): OCCT2210. Students who have successfully completed OCCT2210 are not eligible to enrol in OCCT4163.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of OCCT3161, OCCT3262, OCCT3264 and HLSC4120.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Analysis: Written Advocacy AiMMe Framework

Presentation: Application Presentation: Call to Action

Journal: Reflective Journal

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Please note: Lecture for 2 Hours per Week for 10 Weeks with the exception of week 11.

Online Activity

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

1 hour per week for weeks 2, 4, 5, 9, 10

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term starting in week 11

4 hours in Week 11 for Assessment


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1

1 hour per week for weeks 1 - 10 and week 12.