Introduction to OT Theory and Practice (OCCP5237)


This unit of study will introduce students to the theory and practice of occupational therapy through on campus learning activities and a fieldwork placement. Students will learn about the concepts and philosophies that underpin occupational therapy professional practice (including models of practice based on sociological, psychological and biological theories), specifically the nature of human occupations and the analysis of occupations. They will also learn about the occupational therapy process and principles of practice. Through the fieldwork placement students (with supervision and guidance) will develop an understanding of the occupational therapy process along with developing knowledge of, and skills in, behaving professionally, managing oneself as an emerging health professional, and therapetuic and professional communication. Students will also engage in reflection to identify their professional learning needs, existing strengths and required capabilities of occupational therapists.

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1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


Occupation analysis report (50%), core concepts & process assignment (50%) and fieldwork evaluation form (FEF) (Pass/Fail) . Students must pass both the fieldwork and on-campus assessments to receive a pass grade for the unit.


Turpin, M. & Iwama, M.K. (2011). Using occupational therapy models in practice: A field guide. Edinburgh: Elsevier Ltd.

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Students must complete jurisdictional and statutory obligations prior to all fieldwork placements: which includes required vaccinations, Criminal Records Check, Working with Children Check and a valid Australian Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.