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 apply this to the occupational therapy process and principles of practice as modelled by therapists in practice. 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. The placement experience is completed outside of the semesters during semester breaks.
Reading response and reflection (25%), fieldwork preparation presentation (25%), final exam (50%), Fieldwork assessment (Pass/Fail). Students must pass the practical work components of this unit as assessed on the filedwork assessment in order to gain a pass for this unit.
This unit of study includes a work integrated learning placement. Students must be aware of and complete all pre-placement requirements.