Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) – BPASOCTE5000

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Pass

Course BPASOCTE-05: Pass course; full-time, 4 years

Year 1

Semester 1
BIOS1168 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Leslie Nicholson, Dr Bronwen Ackermann Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lectures, 2hr practical:tutorial/week Prohibitions: BIOS1136, BIOS1159, BIOS5090 Assessment: Mid semester practical exam (30%), end semester practical exam (30%), end semester exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces the basic concepts in musculoskeletal anatomy prior to a more detailed study of the gross anatomical structure of the upper limb as it relates to functional activities. Students will also study the histological structure of musculoskeletal tissues and surface anatomy of the upper limb. Material will be presented in lectures, practical sessions and online. Students will also be expected to undertake some independent learning activities. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
HSBH1003 Health, Behaviour and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mairwen Jones Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: BACH1133, BACH1134, BACH1130, BACH1161, BACH1132 Assessment: Assignment (30%), group class presentation (20%), 1.5 hr end of semester exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an introduction to areas of psychology and sociology relevant to health and wellbeing. The unit provides sociological tools (covering both theory and method) useful for understanding and practicing in health and wellbeing. It is also an introduction to the principles and applications of psychology as they pertain to these areas. The unit aims to develop a `sociological imagination¿, a quality of mind that will be used to prompt students to question common-sense assumptions regarding health and wellbeing. Students will also gain familiarity with the major paradigms and methodological approaches of contemporary psychology and will develop the applications of psychological theory to specific health issues in their major area of study.
OCCP1096 Understanding Occupation-People-Context

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Honey Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week and self-directed learning Assessment: Video demonstration and 2 related reports (2x25%), in-class group presentation (30%) and weekly reading tasks (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Understanding people's occupations in context and the importance of occupation to their health and well-being is fundamental to all areas of occupational therapy practice. In this unit, students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to collect and organise information about individuals' engagement in occupations within their various contexts from their perspectives. They will use a client-centred perspective to explore participation in day-to-day activities, investigate various theoretical perspectives of human occupations, develop the therapeutic communication skills to discover where, when, how and why people engage in occupations, and examine the contextual and personal factors that affect occupational choices and participation in occupations.
OCCP1097 Analysing Occupations and Performance

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanne Hinitt Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Essay (50%), Observation Report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The ability to analyse occupations, roles, activities, tasks and the environment is a core occupational therapy competency. Categories of activity which occupational therapists may observe and analyse include: self-care, mobility, domestic, social, educational, play, leisure, economic, and community. Using various methods of analysis, students will develop the skills to observe and analyse activities performed by children, youth and adults. In doing so, students will learn: How do I determine what enables (and hinders) people's participation in and performance of activities? How do I measure and summarise a person's time use? How do I identify environmental factors that influence people's performance in activities? How might I structure and adapt activities to enable performance, regardless of a person's health condition?
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
OCCP1098 Teaching Occupations and Performance

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Chris Chapparo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, 1hr tutorial/week, and self-directed learning. Assessment: Written /multimedia report (50%); written report with teaching plan and video footage (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Whether in working in partnership with one person or a group of people, teaching and learning is a fundamental, collaborative process applicable to all areas of occupational therapy practice. The unit applies principles of evidence based practice in relation to teaching and learning in occupational therapy. Students will develop proficiency using a range of processes to facilitate people's engagement in activities and routines in everyday life. In doing so, students will answer the following questions: How do I help people learn to perform activities and develop new routines where they live, work and play? What specific methods do I use to foster learning within different contexts? How do I best consider the learning process for persons with or without health conditions?
OCCP1099 Occupational Performance: Healthcare 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Annie McCluskey Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Case study report (50%) and Viva (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Many adults experience difficulty performing daily activities and require interdisciplinary team services in a hospital setting. Occupational therapy services can help enhance, restore, or maintain performance in self-care, mobility, and other primary activities necessary to return to and live in the community. Mindful of a client-centred approach, students will acquire basic assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills relevant for adults within physical healthcare contexts such as an acute hospital, and begin assuming the role occupational therapists perform within healthcare teams. In doing so, students will learn: What occupational therapy processes do I use when a person's performance of self-care and mobility activities is significantly challenged? Within physical health care settings, how do I help enhance, restore, or maintain performance in daily life activities of concern? How do I incorporate a client-centre approach within healthcare systems?
OCCP1100 Professional Practice I

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Christine Choy Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive November,Intensive September,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, 40hrs clinical work and self-directed learning. Assessment: Group presentation (40%), individual assignment (60%), Assessment of competence using Fieldwork Evaluation Form (FEF) (P/F) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Establishing a professional identity and integrating and applying theory to practice are essential to occupational therapy service provision. This unit will focus on professionalism in preparation for practice in all areas. During the semester students will develop an understanding of occupational therapy strategies implemented across diverse areas, develop essential core teamwork skills and elements of professional communication (written and verbal) skills, and cultivate a professional approach to work. In the semester breaks, students will participate in a supervised one-week, full-time placement experience within a professional service setting.
Elective (non-OT) [6] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 2

Semester 1
HSBH1007 Health Science and Research

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Deborah Black Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: Individual written report (20%), group written report (20%), 90 min end of semester exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to key research paradigms in health, and to the major approaches to designing and evaluating basic and applied research in health. Students are exposed to the types of research which inform our understanding of normal and abnormal functions of the human body and of treatment and preventative health care. Students will be engaged in the generation of new knowledge through evidence-based practice and evidence-based innovation. Current issues in health science research will be identified, with emphasis on the role of technology and e-health.
OCCP2084 Occupational Performance: Healthcare 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Justin Scanlan Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, equivalent of 2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Written report (50%), oral assessment (50%) and group facilitation skills competencies assessment (Pass / Fail) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Many adults experience significant challenges performing daily life activities due to mental illness or other psychosocial issues, and need interdisciplinary team services within mental health (and other psychosocial) settings. Occupational therapy can enhance, restore, or maintain performance and participation in daily routines and activities, enabling individuals to return to and live in the community. Mindful of a client-centred approach, students will acquire basic assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills relevant for adults within mental health and psychosocial contexts and begin assuming the role occupational therapists perform within healthcare teams. Students will learn: What assessments, intervention and evaluation processes do occupational therapists use when a person's routines and daily activities are challenged due to the effects of a mental illness or other psychosocial issues? Within mental health settings, how do I help enhance, restore, or maintain performance in daily life activities of concern? How do I incorporate a client-centred approach within healthcare systems? How can groups be used to support individuals to overcome the impacts psychosocial issues to promote satisfying and health-promoting occupational engagement.
OCCP2085 Occupational Performance: Home & Family

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Sandi Lightfoot Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Assessment: Written assignment (25%), Written assignment with technical drawings (50%), oral viva (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Many adults who experience challenges performing day-to-day activities could benefit from services in order to continue living in the community. Occupational therapy is useful to enhance, restore, or maintain performance of and participation in self-care, mobility, domestic, social, and leisure activities within the home. Paying particular attention to the typical social context (family) within which people live, students will further develop assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills relevant to the performance of daily life activities within the home. In doing so, students will learn: Within a home context, how do I best provide occupational therapy services from a client-centred perspective? How do I involve families when focusing on the performance of day-to-day activities within the home? How might home environments be modified to enhance safety and performance of everyday activities?
OCCP2086 Professional Practice 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Christine Choy Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week, 1x80hr practical and self-directed learning Prerequisites: OCCP1099, OCCP1100 Assessment: Individual assessment (60%), group presentation (40%) and fieldwork assignments (Pass/Fail) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Briefing and debriefing sessions, 2 weeks full-time supervised clinical placement
Professional practice involves problem solving, clinical reasoning and collaborative teamwork. This unit continues the focus on professional development in preparation for practice across all areas. During the semester students will consolidate skills required for evaluating and supporting their clinical reasoning, develop an understanding of how types of reasoning inform the process of occupational therapy, and build on their collaborative teamwork and professional communication skills. Students participate in a supervised two-week, full-time experience within a professional service setting.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
BIOS1171 Neuroscience

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Jin Huang, Dr Alan Freeman Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3hr lectures, 2hrs practical/week, with a small online component Prohibitions: BIOS1137, BIOS2103 Assessment: mid-semester exam (40%), end-semester exam (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study includes fundamental concepts of nervous system organisation and function. Anatomy of the brain and spinal cord is studied using models to understand the cortical and subcortical pathways as well as integrating centres that control movements and posture. The physiology component introduces students to mechanisms of signal generation and transmission, basic mechanisms of spinal reflexes, the function of the somatosensory and autonomic nervous system and motor pathways. Case studies aimed at identifying simple neural problems associated with sensory and motor systems are specifically designed for students following professional preparation degrees. This unit includes a few laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
OCCP2087 Occupational Performance: Community

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1hr lecture/week, 2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Case study presentation (50%) and essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Many adults experience challenges participating in community, social and civic activities. These individuals may benefit from occupational therapy services to enhance, restore, or maintain participation in environments outside the home. Considering a broad community context, students will further develop their assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills relevant to activities such as transportation or shopping. In doing so, students will learn: How can I advocate for and promote people's participation in activities within their local communities? Students will also examine the occupational therapy role in community development where populations face occupational injustice.
OCCP2088 Occupational Performance: Child & Family

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Anita Bundy Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Practical viva (10%), written assessment with oral component (50%), Examination (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
For children, youth, and families living in the community and who experience performance challenges, occupational therapy is useful to enhance, restore, or maintain participation in day-to-day activities. Integrating an understanding of childhood development with family-centred practice, students will develop specific assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills to promote participation in day-to-day activities from infancy through adolescence. In doing so, students will learn: How do I provide occupational therapy within a family context? How can I promote quality in life through participation in everyday occupation? How do I consider the complex interaction of a person's capacity (physical, emotional and cognitive functioning) with environmental factors whilst focusing on the performance of activities of concern to families?
Elective (non-OT) [6] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 3

Semester 1
OCCP3061 Professional Practice IIIA

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Merrolee Penman Session: Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Intensive June,Intensive March,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Placement briefing and debriefing, Placement - 40hrs/wk for 7 weeks Prerequisites: OCCP1096, OCCP1097, OCCP1098, OCCP1099, OCCP2084, OCCP2085, OCCP2086, OCCP2087, OCCP2088, BIOS1168 Assessment: Assessment of competence using Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R) Pass/Fail Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To become a competent occupational therapy practitioner, students need to be able to integrate theory and practice in context and become skilled in assessment, intervention and evaluation processes. Continuing a focus on professional development in context, students will participate in a seven-week, supervised full time experience within a professional service setting.
OCCP3065 Professional Practice IIIB

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Merrolee Penman Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive May,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Placement briefing and debriefing, Placement 40hr/week for 7 weeks Prerequisites: OCCP2086, OCCP3061 Assessment: Assessment of competence using Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R), (Pass/Fail) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To become a competent occupational therapy practitioner, students need to be able to integrate theory and practice in context and become skilled in assessment, intervention and evaluation processes. Continuing a focus on professional development in context, this unit of study follows on from OCCP3061. Students will participate in another seven-week, supervised full time experience in professional practice.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
OCCP3076 Occupational Performance: Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Chris Chapparo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hrs lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week and self-directed learning Assessment: written assignment (60%) and portfolio presentation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Many children and young people experience challenges engaging in activities associated with school and other educational contexts. Occupational therapy can help to enhance, restore, or maintain children's participation in school-related activities, and prepare for a transition to adulthood. Integrating an understanding of human development and educational systems, students will develop the assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills to promote the school performance of children and youth. In doing so, students will be able to answer the questions: How do I provide occupational therapy services that are collaborative and consider the concerns of all involved? How do I assist educational systems to provide an inclusive environment that promotes participation for all children and youth?
OCCP3077 Occupational Performance: Productivity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Jo Lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3-hrs lecture/ tutorial/week, self-directed learning Assessment: Compensable return to work plan(40%), non-compensable vocational rehabilitation report (40%), participation activities (20%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Some youth and adults experience challenges when engaging in productive (work and volunteer) activities. Occupational therapy can help to enhance and restore performance, and maintain participation in remunerative employment and related activities. Integrating an understanding of organisational systems with client-centred practice, students will develop the assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills to promote participation in economic and civic activities. In doing so, students will learn: How do I provide occupational therapy within employment and related contexts? How do I promote a person's productivity, given the complex demands of work activities, an individual's capacities, and opportunities available within the environment?
OCCP3078 Occupational Performance: Retirement

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sanet Du Toit Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Practical tutorial activity (25%), written 1500 word assignment (25%), and written 3000 word case study report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Older adults may experience challenges participating in day-to-day activities during their retirement years. Occupational therapy can enhance, restore, or maintain performance of daily life activities, help to prevent future challenges from occurring, and assist older adults to continue ageing in place or in assisted living environments within community contexts. In this unit of study students will take an evidence-based approach to occupational therapy service provision and develop occupational therapy assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills specific to older adults.
Elective (non-OT) [6] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 4

Semester 1
OCCP4087 Health Promotion Through Occupation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michelle Villeneuve Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr workshop/week Assessment: Written report (30%), written report (40%), artwork & abstract (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study critically examines the theoretical foundations and processes of working with communities in order to develop competencies for enabling occupation and promoting health and well-being at a community level. Students will gain knowledge on theories of community development and health promotion. Students will learn and apply community development tools to each stage of the occupational performance practice process. Enablement skills required for intervention at the level of the community will be explored and students will gain knowledge of ethical frameworks to support professional decision-making when working with communities. This unit of study develops the capacity of students to participate in the development of emerging roles for occupational therapy practice with communities and develops competence for working cross-culturally. It includes a specific emphasis on working with Indigenous Australians.
Three Electives (OT or non-OT) [18] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
OCCP4088 Professional Practice IV

Credit points: 18 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Merrolee Penman Session: Intensive August,Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Placement briefing and debriefing. Placement 40hrs/week for 8 weeks Prerequisites: OCCP3061, OCCP3065 Assessment: Assessment of competence using Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R), (Pass/Fail) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Integrating theory and practice in context and becoming skilled in the assessment, intervention and evaluation process is essential when becoming an occupational therapist. This unit of study concludes the focus on professional development in context. Students will participate in an eight-week, supervised fulltime experience within a professional service setting
OCCP4089 Evaluation in Professional Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michelle Villeneuve Session: Semester 2 Classes: Workshop style delivery (approximately 6 days on campus) with associated self-study learning modules, or online equivalent Assessment: Written report (25%), oral presentation and abstract (40%), written report (35%) Mode of delivery: Block mode
Working as a professional requires a high degree of autonomy, a dedication to life-long learning, a capacity to work in partnership with others, and an ability to reflect on the quality of one's practice and service delivery. This unit of study comprises three topics: evaluating practice, evaluating client and program outcomes, and self-evaluation for continuing professional development. Students will learn how to evaluate the process and outcomes of services, how to select, appraise, and apply outcome measurement in a practice context when evaluating client outcomes and contribute to evidence-informed practice. Finally, students will learn how to identify professional development goals and select strategies for continuing professional development as an occupational therapist.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Notes
1. Students are required to complete 36 credit points of electives over the course of the degree. At least 6 credit points must come from the Behavioural or Social Sciences (or equivalent) and a minimum of 6 credit points must come from the Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent). Otherwise, students may choose from Non-OT units of study as well as Year 4 OT elective units of study. For Non-OT electives, see Faculty Electives chapter. Students may also take broader University electives.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Honours

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Course BHASOCTH-05: Honours course; full-time, 4 years

Years 1 and 2

As per Pass course (see note 1)

Year 3 (first offered 2015)

Semester 1
OCCP3061 Professional Practice IIIA

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Merrolee Penman Session: Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive July,Intensive June,Intensive March,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Placement briefing and debriefing, Placement - 40hrs/wk for 7 weeks Prerequisites: OCCP1096, OCCP1097, OCCP1098, OCCP1099, OCCP2084, OCCP2085, OCCP2086, OCCP2087, OCCP2088, BIOS1168 Assessment: Assessment of competence using Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R) Pass/Fail Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To become a competent occupational therapy practitioner, students need to be able to integrate theory and practice in context and become skilled in assessment, intervention and evaluation processes. Continuing a focus on professional development in context, students will participate in a seven-week, supervised full time experience within a professional service setting.
OCCP3065 Professional Practice IIIB

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Merrolee Penman Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive May,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Placement briefing and debriefing, Placement 40hr/week for 7 weeks Prerequisites: OCCP2086, OCCP3061 Assessment: Assessment of competence using Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R), (Pass/Fail) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
To become a competent occupational therapy practitioner, students need to be able to integrate theory and practice in context and become skilled in assessment, intervention and evaluation processes. Continuing a focus on professional development in context, this unit of study follows on from OCCP3061. Students will participate in another seven-week, supervised full time experience in professional practice.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
Choose two of the following three OCCP units (total 12 credit points)
OCCP3076 Occupational Performance: Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Chris Chapparo Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2-hrs lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week and self-directed learning Assessment: written assignment (60%) and portfolio presentation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Many children and young people experience challenges engaging in activities associated with school and other educational contexts. Occupational therapy can help to enhance, restore, or maintain children's participation in school-related activities, and prepare for a transition to adulthood. Integrating an understanding of human development and educational systems, students will develop the assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills to promote the school performance of children and youth. In doing so, students will be able to answer the questions: How do I provide occupational therapy services that are collaborative and consider the concerns of all involved? How do I assist educational systems to provide an inclusive environment that promotes participation for all children and youth?
OCCP3077 Occupational Performance: Productivity

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Jo Lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3-hrs lecture/ tutorial/week, self-directed learning Assessment: Compensable return to work plan(40%), non-compensable vocational rehabilitation report (40%), participation activities (20%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Some youth and adults experience challenges when engaging in productive (work and volunteer) activities. Occupational therapy can help to enhance and restore performance, and maintain participation in remunerative employment and related activities. Integrating an understanding of organisational systems with client-centred practice, students will develop the assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills to promote participation in economic and civic activities. In doing so, students will learn: How do I provide occupational therapy within employment and related contexts? How do I promote a person's productivity, given the complex demands of work activities, an individual's capacities, and opportunities available within the environment?
OCCP3078 Occupational Performance: Retirement

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sanet Du Toit Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Practical tutorial activity (25%), written 1500 word assignment (25%), and written 3000 word case study report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Older adults may experience challenges participating in day-to-day activities during their retirement years. Occupational therapy can enhance, restore, or maintain performance of daily life activities, help to prevent future challenges from occurring, and assist older adults to continue ageing in place or in assisted living environments within community contexts. In this unit of study students will take an evidence-based approach to occupational therapy service provision and develop occupational therapy assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills specific to older adults.
plus
BHSC3021 Honours A: Research Design

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 12x1hr Inter-disciplinary seminars, 12x1hr Discipline specific topics, 6x1hr FRG, mentor or supervisor research meetings Assessment: Ethics application OR Research proposal OR Discussion paper on appropriate methodology (5,000 words or as per ethics or journal requirements) (70%), Multiple choice and short answer format exam on inter-disciplinary material (30%) Practical field work: Optional discipline specific practicals Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit provides the conceptual framework and theoretical knowledge and some practical skills required to understand how scientific research is conducted and interpreted. The core content is fundamental for researchers and clinicians alike for evidence-based-practice and life-long learning. Content and skills are taught/learned via a series of web-based and class-based activities.
Textbooks
Polgar, Stephen. Introduction to research in the health sciences / Stephen Polgar, Shane A. Thomas. Edinburgh ; New York : Elsevier, 2008 ISBN 9780443074295
and One Research Elective [6] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 4 (last offered 2015)

Semester 1
OCCP4087 Health Promotion Through Occupation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michelle Villeneuve Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr workshop/week Assessment: Written report (30%), written report (40%), artwork & abstract (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study critically examines the theoretical foundations and processes of working with communities in order to develop competencies for enabling occupation and promoting health and well-being at a community level. Students will gain knowledge on theories of community development and health promotion. Students will learn and apply community development tools to each stage of the occupational performance practice process. Enablement skills required for intervention at the level of the community will be explored and students will gain knowledge of ethical frameworks to support professional decision-making when working with communities. This unit of study develops the capacity of students to participate in the development of emerging roles for occupational therapy practice with communities and develops competence for working cross-culturally. It includes a specific emphasis on working with Indigenous Australians.
OCCP4090 Honours Research Seminar 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Honey Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2hr seminar/ tutorial /week, individual consultation with academic supervisors Assessment: Workshop presentation (40%); written assignment (50%); class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed to assist honours students with their ongoing research projects, particularly data collection, analysis and interpretation. The unit will enable students to develop problem solving strategies in the conduct of research, and develop skills in oral and written presentation related to their projects. Students continue to develop collaborative teamwork skills in conjunction with their academic supervisors and other research colleagues.
OCCP4091 Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Honey Session: Semester 1 Classes: Self directed learning Assessment: Formative (thesis chapters) Mode of delivery: Supervision
This unit of study provides honours students with the opportunity to undertake a supervised research project in an area of occupational therapy. As part of this and other honours units of study, each student designs and implements an approved research project and submits a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research and thesis, each student works closely with an academic staff member who serves as the supervisor. Honours students commence writing their theses as part of this unit of study. The thesis is completed the following semester.
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
OCCP4092 Professional Practice IVH

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Merrolee Penman Session: Intensive December,Intensive February,Intensive January,Intensive June,Intensive November,Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 2 Classes: Placement briefing and debriefing, Placement 40 hours/week for 6 weeks. Prerequisites: OCCP3061, OCCP3065 Assessment: Assessment of competence using Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised (SPEF-R), (Pass/fail) Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Integrating theory and practice in context and becoming skilled in the assessment, intervention and evaluation process is essential when becoming an occupational therapist. This unit of study concludes the focus on professional development in context. Students will participate in a six-week, supervised fulltime experience within a professional service setting.
OCCP4093 Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Honey Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2-hr seminar/fortnight, individual consultations with academic supervisors Assessment: 5000wd literature review (50%), 5000wd journal article (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study provides honours students with the opportunity to undertake a supervised research project in an area of occupational therapy. As part of this and the other honours units of study, each student designs and implements an approved research project and submits a thesis describing the project and its implications. In completing the research and thesis, each student works closely with an academic staff member who serves as the supervisor. In this unit students complete the research process and write up their research for submission and academic publication.
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Note
1. Students enrol in a research elective that matches their research topic. This decision should be taken together with their supervisor.

Occupational Therapy Electives

Students choose up to three OT or non-OT electives of 6 credit points each (total 18 credit points) and at least 12 credit points of Faculty electives. Availability of OCCP professional electives may vary from year to year. Faculty of Health Science electives are shown in Faculty Electives chapter. Students may also take broader University electives.
OCCP4079 OT in Learning & Co-ord Difficulties

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Chris Chapparo Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3hrs lecture/week Prerequisites: OCCP3076 Assessment: portfolio 2000wd (40%), 2x case based report 5000wd (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will provide opportunities for students to study the impact of learning disabilities on childrens' home and school occupational performance. During the semester, students will study: various explanations of learning disorders; common assessment procedures used by occupational therapists to identify problems; and interventions. The focus will be on direct intervention as experienced in private practice occupational therapy for children, and consultation with schools. Students will be required to have access to one typical child aged between 5 and 9 years for practical work throughout the semester.
OCCP4080 Upper Limb and Hand Rehabilitation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr lecture/tutorial per week and independent study. Prerequisites: OCCP1099, BIOS1168 Assessment: Weekly written in-class quizzes (15%); hand splints with short reports (35%); written case study report (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Weekly attendance is mandatory
Students will develop knowledge and skills required to provide therapy for people whose occupational performance is compromised by impairments in the upper limb and hand. Causes of impairments include disease, disorders and conditions that affect the peripheral and central nervous system, bones and joints and connective tissues. Skills developed will include orthotic prescription and fabrication, task-embedded joint mobility and muscle strengthening methods and use of oedema and scar management techniques. Students will learn to clearly articulate the theoretical and evidence-based rationale for interventions selected
OCCP4082 OT in Work Injury Prevention and Rehab

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Jo Lewis Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3hr lecture/tutorial/week Prerequisites: OCCP3077 Assessment: Work Health & Safety Portfolio (50%), Rehabilitation Report (30%), Case Conference Viva (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will give students the opportunity to advance their assessment, intervention and professional communication in the area of workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and other areas of private practice, where there is a strong focus on client and customer centred services. Students will practice work health and safety assessments through hazard identification, risk assessments and development of an intervention plan in an industry. In this unit, students will conduct a functional assessment, as well as develop their communication skills, needed to negotiate and collaborate with other health professionals and stakeholders in this area of practice. Students will also refine their written communication skills to be able to produce professional reports. In all areas of this unit, there will be a focus on students articulating their clinical reasoning and justification in decision making.
OCCP4083 Mental Health Interventions

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Nicola Hancock Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3hr lecture /tutorial/week, online components Prerequisites: OCCP2084 Assessment: 1x 2 hour open book exam (70%), in class quizzes (30%) and attendance requirements Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This elective unit will extend students' knowledge and skills in occupational therapy mental health practice. A large experiential learning component will build student confidence in working collaboratively with people living with mental illness to identify their needs and to use both occupational therapy specific and generic mental health strategies to support their mental health recovery. In line with current state and national directions, the unit will focus on trauma-informed care, well-being and recovery-oriented practice. We will cover adolescent, youth and adult mental health practice across acute, rehabilitation, community and forensic contexts.
OCCP4085 People with Intellectual Disability

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Roger Stancliffe Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr lecture/ week Prerequisites: OCCP3065 Assessment: Essay (35%), take home exam (20%) and fieldwork project report (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit aims to develop students' knowledge, skill and attitudes for working with people with intellectual disability, with a focus mainly on adults, their participation and support needs. Students will study: the definition of intellectual disability; the abilities and support needs of people with intellectual disability; the service settings which people with intellectual disability use, their occupational roles in those settings, individual planning, choice and self-determination, , positive support for challenging behaviour, and families. There will be a detailed focus on 'Active Support' as one important approach to supporting people with intellectual disability participate fully (with support) in domestic and community life. Students will learn how to use Active Support techniques when working directly with people with intellectual disability, as well as learning how to train and support carers and direct-care staff in the use of these techniques. Classroom teaching will be supported by a small-group fieldwork project conducted in disability service settings.
OCCP4086 Professional Elective - General

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Annie McCluskey Session: Semester 1 Classes: Classes/modes of delivery will vary depending on the topic chosen Assessment: Two to three items of assessment equivalent to 6 credit points (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Departmental permission required for enrolment
This unit of study will present a topic for a professional elective that allows students to explore an area of occupational therapy practice in depth. The specific topic will be determined from time to time as teaching staff, visiting scholars and resources are available. The unit will extend the learning students have achieved in the topic in the first three years of the course requiring an increase in the depth of student understanding in the topic area than that required in earlier parts of the course.