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 an introductory 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 apply this to the occupational therapy process and principles of practice to link with observation of practice in the field. As part of the fieldwork experience students will develop an understanding of the occupational therapy process and develop practical skills in communication, interaction and professional behaviour under supervision. Students will also engage in self reflection to identify their personal learning needs, existing strengths and required capabilities of occupational therapists.

Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week


Occupation analysis report (50%), core concepts & process assignment (30%), fieldwork preparation presentation (20%), letter of introduction, audit checklist, and fieldwork evaluation form (FEF) (Pass/Fail) - Students must pass fieldwork and on-campus assessment to receive a pass grade for the unit.

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.