Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) – BPASOCTE5000

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) Pass

Course BPASOCTE5000: Pass course; full-time, 4 years

Year 1

Semester 1
HSBH1003 Health, Behaviour and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Mairwin Jones Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2-hr lecture/week, 1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: BACH1130, BACH1132, BACH1133, BACH1134, BACH1161 Assessment: Assignment (30%), group class presentation (20%), 1.5 hr end of semester exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit provides an introduction to the behavioural and social sciences relevant to health and wellbeing, in particular sociology and psychology. The unit lays the foundation of theory and method necessary for understanding how broad social and organisational structures as well as individual characteristics and behaviours contribute to health and health inequalities.
OCCP1096 Understanding Occupation-People-Context

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Honey Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1hr lecture and 2hr tutorial/week and self-directed learning Assessment: Video demonstration and report (30%), 1500wd reports (2x30%) and participation (10%) Campus: Cumberland 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: 1hr lecture/week, 2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Essay (50%), Exam (50%) Campus: Cumberland 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?
Elective (non OT) [6] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 1 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS
Semester 2
BIOS1168 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy A

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lectures, 2hr practical:tutorial/week Assessment: Mid semester practical exam (30%), end semester practical exam (30%), end semester exam (40%) Campus: Cumberland 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.
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%) Campus: Cumberland 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 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, 2hr tutorial/week Assessment: Case study report (50%) and Viva (50%) Campus: Cumberland 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: Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Int Sept,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, 1hr tutorial/week, 40hrs clinical work and self-directed learning Assessment: Group presentation (30%), written assignments 750wd (20%), 1500wd (50%), fieldwork assignments (P/F) Practical field work: 1 week ful time supervised clinical placement, briefing and debriefing sessions Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2
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.
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%) Campus: Cumberland 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) Campus: Cumberland 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: 2hr lecture/week, 2hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1500wd written assignments (2x25%) and written assignment with technical drawings (50%) Campus: Cumberland 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: Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2hr tutorial/week, 1x 80hr practical and self-directed learning. Prerequisites: OCCP1099, OCCP1100 Assessment: Assessment of fieldwork performance via Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised (FEF) (50%), group presentation (50%) and fieldwork assignments - (P/F) Practical field work: Briefing and debriefing sessions, 2 weeks full-time supervised clinical placement Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 2
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. At the end of the semester, students will 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 Assessment: mid semester exam (40%), end semester exam (60%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
This unit of study includes fundamental concepts of nervous system organization 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 movement 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%) Campus: Cumberland 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 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, 1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Written report (40%) and examination (60%) Campus: Cumberland 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: Ms Emily Tartakover Session: Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: OCCP1096, OCCP1097, OCCP1098, OCCP1099, OCCP2084, OCCP2085, OCCP2086, OCCP2087, OCCP2088, BIOS1168 Assessment: SPEF-R assessment, written reports and presentation (100%). Each assessment item must be passed in order to pass this unit of study. Practical field work: Placement briefing and debriefing Placement 40hrs/wk for 7 weeks Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2
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: Ms Emily Tartakover Session: Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int May,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: OCCP2086, OCCP3061 Assessment: SPEF-R assessment, written reports and presentation (100%). Each assessment item must be passed in order to pass this unit of study. Practical field work: Placement briefing and debriefing Placement 40hr/week for 7 weeks Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2
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%) Campus: Cumberland 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%). Campus: Cumberland 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 Meryl Lovarini Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Assessment: Practical tutorial activity (25%), written 1500 word assignment (25%), and written 3000 word case study report (50%) Campus: Cumberland 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 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 Joanne Hinitt Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Assessment: module 1 report (30%), module 2 report (30%), module 3 report (30%) and reflection (10%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Occupational therapists can enhance the health of communites by developing, marketing and delivering innovative programs that promote health through occupation. Students will develop competence creating health promotion programs within diverse international indigenous and cultural communities. In doing so, students will learn: How do I develop, market, and sustain health promotion programs within organisational contexts? How do I use collaborative teamwork skills to promote effective partnerships with community organisations? In what ways can I creatively deliver programs within under-served or disadvantaged communities?
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: Ms Emily Tartakover Session: Int August,Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: OCCP3061, OCCP3065 Assessment: SPEF-R assessment, written reports and presentation. All assessment items are pass/fail. Each assessment item must be passed in order to pass this unit of study. Practical field work: Placement briefing and debriefing. Placement 40hrs/week for 8 weeks Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2
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. Within the semester 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 Annie McCluskey Session: Semester 2 Classes: Intensive block mode (full-day) delivery over 2 weeks Assessment: 1000wd written report (20%), 2000wd written report (40%) and oral presentation (40%) Campus: Cumberland 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. Concluding a focus on professional development, students will learn: What skills and attributes do I possess in preparation for a career in occupational therapy? How do I critically evaluate my performance as a practitioner, the performance of colleagues, and the process and outcomes of services?
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 BHASOCTH5000: Pass course; full-time, 4 years

Years 1 and 2

As per Pass course (see note 2)

Year 3

Semester 1
OCCP3061 Professional Practice IIIA

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Emily Tartakover Session: Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int March,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: OCCP1096, OCCP1097, OCCP1098, OCCP1099, OCCP2084, OCCP2085, OCCP2086, OCCP2087, OCCP2088, BIOS1168 Assessment: SPEF-R assessment, written reports and presentation (100%). Each assessment item must be passed in order to pass this unit of study. Practical field work: Placement briefing and debriefing Placement 40hrs/wk for 7 weeks Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int February,Int January,Int July,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2
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: Ms Emily Tartakover Session: Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int May,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: OCCP2086, OCCP3061 Assessment: SPEF-R assessment, written reports and presentation (100%). Each assessment item must be passed in order to pass this unit of study. Practical field work: Placement briefing and debriefing Placement 40hr/week for 7 weeks Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 2
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%) Campus: Cumberland 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%). Campus: Cumberland 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 Meryl Lovarini Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Assessment: Practical tutorial activity (25%), written 1500 word assignment (25%), and written 3000 word case study report (50%) Campus: Cumberland 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 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.
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OCCP3079 Honours Research Seminar 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Honey Session: Semester 2 Classes: Seminar -2 hr/wk individual consultation with academic supervisors Assessment: oral presentation (20%), written research proposal (60%) and seminar participation (20%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Research within the field of occupational therapy is essential to promote best practice for clients and communities receiving occupational therapy services. Working in collaboration with academic supervisors (and potential research partners), honours students will explore research ideas and prepare a written research proposal for their individual research projects to be completed in year four.
One Research Elective [6] (see note 1)
SEMESTER 2 TOTAL: 24 CREDIT POINTS

Year 4 (last offered 2014)

Semester 1
OCCP4087 Health Promotion Through Occupation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Joanne Hinitt Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1-hr lecture/week, 2-hr tutorial/week Assessment: module 1 report (30%), module 2 report (30%), module 3 report (30%) and reflection (10%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Occupational therapists can enhance the health of communites by developing, marketing and delivering innovative programs that promote health through occupation. Students will develop competence creating health promotion programs within diverse international indigenous and cultural communities. In doing so, students will learn: How do I develop, market, and sustain health promotion programs within organisational contexts? How do I use collaborative teamwork skills to promote effective partnerships with community organisations? In what ways can I creatively deliver programs within under-served or disadvantaged communities?
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%) Campus: Cumberland 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) Campus: Cumberland 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 IV (Hons)

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Ms Emily Tatakover Session: Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 1a,Semester 2 Prerequisites: OCCP3061, OCCP3065 Assessment: SPEF-R assessment, written reports and presentation. All assessments are pass/fail. Each assessment item must be passed to pass this unit of study. Practical field work: Placement 40 hours/week for 6 weeks. Placement briefing and debriefing. Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Professional Practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Int December,Int February,Int January,Int June,Int November,Semester 1,Semester 1a
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. Within the semester students will participate in an 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%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day
Note: Department permission required for enrolmentin the following sessions:Semester 1
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.
2. Students undertaking honours course should ensure they complete a 6cp elective from the Biomedical Sciences and a 6cp elective from Behavioural Science/Social Sciences during Year 1 and Year 2.

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%) Campus: Cumberland 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: 3-hrs lecture/tutorial per week and independent study Prerequisites: OCCP1099, BIOS1168 Assessment: Written report and viva (50%) and case study report (50%) Campus: Cumberland 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: 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%) Campus: Cumberland 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 Campus: Cumberland 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: Dr Nathan Wilson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3hrs lecture/ week, fieldwork project - usually 1-2 hours per week for about 8 weeks Prerequisites: OCCP3065 Assessment: Essay (35%), quiz/exam (20%) and fieldwork project report (45%) Campus: Cumberland 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, guardianship, positive support for challenging behaviour, ageing and dementia, 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.
Textbooks
Dempsey I & Nankervis K (eds), Community Disability Services: An Evidence-Based Approach to Practice, UNSW Press, Sydney (2006) A list of readings will be provided. Many readings are available online
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%) Campus: Cumberland Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day or Distance Education
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.