OCCT11002 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with a clear understanding of the fundamental theoretical frameworks that guide occupational therapy practice. An historical overview of the profession will be presented so that you can contrast the changes and plot the evolution of occupational therapy practice from the profession's foundations to the present day. The practical application of occupational theory as it drives contemporary occupational therapy practice will be introduced via one key occupational therapy practice model. You will be introduced to the regulatory and professional bodies guiding ethical occupational therapy practice locally and internationally. Skill development will focus on the acquisition of qualiative and quantitative information gathering techniques including interviewing and the application of standardised and non-standardised assessments.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 31.37% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Unit did not follow unit profile.
Recommendation
Two students commented that classes deviated from the Unit Profile. This occurred in the context of campus closure due to Cyclone Debbie, resulting in missed classes and requiring a short period of "catch up". These changes were communicated to students; however, in the case of similar future scenarios, more efforts to ensure effective communication will be made..
Action Taken
The term proceeded as planned; there were no circumstances requiring alteration of the schedule.
Source: Have Your Say In-class discussion
Feedback
A number of students requested earlier release of Moodle content to facilitate their preparation for weekly classes.
Recommendation
In response to this feedback early in the term, concerted efforts were made to ensure all Moodle content was made available in a more timely manner. These efforts will continue in 2018.
Action Taken
All class materials were made available at least two days prior to classes commencing.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Although the assessment where we had a simulated patient was scary, I feel it was a brilliant assessment as it really showed us what it will be like out in the field
Recommendation
This comment is indicative of a number of student comments affirming the value of the simulated patient experience.
Action Taken
Simulated client interviews continued as essential elements of class content and assessment.
Source: Have your say Informal student feedback Teaching team reflections
Feedback
The case study presentations were well regarded by students, providing a positive learning experience.
Recommendation
The presentations were conducted as a joint campus event for the first time. The resulting seminar was a very positive experience for students and will thus continue to be a component of the unit.
Action Taken
The student seminar remained a valuable learning experience and will continue as an assessment component.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The great atmosphere that was created with the lecturer and students made learning much more enjoyable.
Recommendation
A number of students commented on the positive and supportive atmosphere created by the teaching team. As an entry level unit, teaching staff were cognisant of the need for support as students managed the transition to university study. We will continue to focus on this.
Action Taken
Classes were structured so that a member of the teaching team was present on each campus during each session. This essential component for first year students should continue.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The aspect of the unit that needs improvement is explanation of what is required for the assessment tasks
Recommendation
Despite including a session on academic writing and the assessment tasks specifically, a number of students suggested assessment requirements were not clear. Thus all assessment tasks and instructions will be reviewed for clarity.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks and instructions were modified slightly to increase clarity. No issues with the revised assessment instructions were reported to the teaching team directly; however, the "Assessment Requirements" evaluation score remained below 4 (3.7), therefore assessment tasks will undergo further review.
Source: "Have your say"
Feedback
The teaching team were engaging and supportive. It was an advantage having a number of perspectives from which to present material.
Recommendation
This reinforces the decision to ensure students on both campuses have access to an instructor in person during class; which will remain as a goal for the unit structure.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" Staff observations
Feedback
There was not enough time during interview practice sessions to consolidate skills.
Recommendation
Practical sessions will be reorganised in 2019 to ensure students get sufficient time for practice and feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" Staff reflection
Feedback
Timing of the final assessment and provision of related case studies requires review.
Recommendation
The final presentation assessment occurred in the same week as a large assessment piece from another unit. The timing of assessments will be reviewed next year to minimize the impact of other assessments. Case studies for the presentation will also be provided to students at an earlier date.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Informal student feedback; "Have your say"
Feedback
Content was considered engaging, useful and interesting.
Recommendation
Unit content and structure will continue in the current format, with ongoing reviews to ensure relevance remains current.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discussions with the WIL Team; staff reflections
Feedback
Preclinical requirements should no longer be included as an assessment task for this unit.
Recommendation
The Pas/Fail preclinical requirement portfolio will be removed as an assessment item from this unit. It will instead be monitored by the WIL team as part of their processes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the theory and philosophy that underpins the profession of occupational therapy
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the development and scope of the occupational therapy profession over time
  3. Describe the occupational therapy practice process across various contexts
  4. Conduct person-centred information gathering processes.

This content contributes to the development of Occupational Therapy Australia Competencies for Entry Level Practitioners.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment