OCCT11002 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with a clear understanding of the the fundamental theoretical frameworks that guide occupational therapy practice. An historical overview of the profession will be presented so that students can contrast the changes and plot the evolution of occupational therapy practice over the past century. The practical application of occupational theory as it drives contemporary occupational therapy practice will be introduced via one key occupational therapy practice model. Students 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

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%
4. Portfolio Pass/Fail

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.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students commented that "this course does not require students to learn only by rote learning, but also by first-hand experience of what it feels like to work directly in the field, hence making the experience more engaging and interactive". Student feedback Experiential learning will continue to be a feature of this unit.
Students commented that they would like to see more practical examples of patient interviews. Student feedback More modelling of interview skills will be provided in 2017.
A number of students reported difficulty in understanding the requirements for their first written assessment. Student feedback More practical support will be available for students completing their first written assessment, particularly in the areas of formatting, referencing and interpreting the topic.
Students' communication skills improved markedly over a few weeks. Standardised Patient feedback The development of sound communication skills using simulation strategies will continue to be developed in this unit.
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.
  5. Comply with the regulatory and professional body requirements for occupational therapy student practice.

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 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment    
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment      
4 - Portfolio      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy      
5. Team Work          
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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment      
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment    
4 - Portfolio        

Prescribed Textbooks

Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy
Author/s: Schell, BA, Scaffa, M, Gillen, G & Cohn, E Year: 2013
Edition: 12th edn Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This foundational text will be used throughout the 4 year program

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMaria O'Reilly (m.oreilly@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Course Introduction

Concepts of Occupation

Christiansen, C. H., & Townsend, E. A. (2010). Introduction to occupation: The art and science of living (2nd ed). New Jersey: Pearson Education. (Chapter 1)

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 1).

Week 2 13-03-2017

History of Occupation and Occupational Therapy Profession

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW. (Chapter 2 & 4)

Brown, T., Bourke-Taylor, H., Isbel, S., & Cordier, R. (Eds.). (2017). Occupational therapy in Australia: Professional and practice issues. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. (Chapter 3)

Week 3 20-03-2017

Occupational Contexts

An introduction to academic writing

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW. (Chapter 14, 15, 16 )

Week 4 27-03-2017

Occupational Theories and Ecological Models

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 37, 38).

Brown, T., Bourke-Taylor, H., Isbel, S., & Cordier, R. (Eds.). (2017). Occupational therapy in Australia: Professional and practice issues. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. (Chapter 15)

Week 5 03-04-2017

The OT Process -

Qualitative Information Gathering

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 8, 9 & 33).

Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice (30%) Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

The OT Process -

Quantitative Information Gathering

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 24 & 46).

Week 6 17-04-2017

Professional Reasoning

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 30,& 31).

Week 7 24-04-2017

Theoretical Reasoning and Goal Setting

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 37).

Week 8 01-05-2017

Planning Interventions and collaborations - The person

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 26 & 28).

Week 9 08-05-2017

Planning Interventions and collaborations - Occupation

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 47 & 49, 50).

Recording of video interviews

Week 10 15-05-2017

Planning interventions and collaborations - Environment

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 29).

Interview and communication analysis (40%) Due Monday (15 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Legislation and Ethics

Documentation in professional context

Boyt Schell, B., Gillen, G., & Scaffa, M. (2014). Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy. Philadelphia:LWW (Chapter 32 & 36).

This class may run later than usual to allow all students to complete their presentations.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Class Presentations

This class may run later than usual to allow all students to complete their presentations.

Case Study Presentation (30%) Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017
Professional Portfolio (P/F) Due Wednesday (14 Jun 17) 03:00 PM AEST

This introductory class will provide you with foundation knowledge and skills to begin your journey towards becoming an occupational therapist. As this is a professional program professional behaviour is expected in all interactions. Students are required to attend and actively participate in all learning activities. Weekly readings must be completed in preparation for class. At times external guest lecturers will present content. Minor changes in the course schedule may occur subject to changes in their availability.

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice (30%)
Task Description

This assessment will allow you to develop your emerging literature-searching and analysis skills and enhance your understanding of the occupational therapy profession. You are required to prepare a written paper where you discuss:

  • the history of the occupational therapy profession, with particular focus on its development in Australia
  • theories that have informed the development and growth of the profession
  • the significance of the concept of "occupation" and what it means for occupational therapy practice

You will also reflect on how your understanding of the practice of occupational therapy has developed as a result of researching and writing this paper. Word count 1500 +/-10%. Appendices do not contribute word count.

You must ensure that all the work is your own, in line with the University requirements.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Conceptual Knowledge - Theoretical understanding of occupational history and theories (10)

Professional Knowledge - Application of theory to practice (10)

Procedural Knowledge - Clear, concise written style and APA referencing all within word count (5)

Professional Knowledge - Reflection on learning (5)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 15%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Interview and communication analysis (40%)
Task Description

This assessment will allow you to develop your emerging skills of interviewing and information gathering. You will prepare an interview schedule (list of questions/themes) and conduct a 15 minute interview with a "standardised client" (an actor plays this role). This person lives at home and has volunteered to be interviewed by you. Interviews will be held at CQU and scheduled to occur in Week 9; you will be given a time in which to conduct the interview, we will arrange for the "client" to be present.

You are responsible for ensuring that the environment is appropriate for conducting an interview. The purpose of the interview is to establish a therapeutic relationship, learn about the occupational performance of this person and explore any occupational barriers they are experiencing. The interview will be recorded on your campus. During the interview you are expected to draw on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you have developed in the course to date. Evidence of your understanding of different forms of information gathering will be expected through you choice of questions and information gathering approaches. Your understanding of professional reasoning and ethical practice should be implicit in all your interactions.

On completion of your interview you will receive a electronic copy to take away and complete a reflection on your interview performance. You will use a self-assessment to guide your reflection.

Documentation related to this assessment task will be available on Moodle.

You will submit your interview schedule, an electronic copy of the interview and your completed self-reflection. All items must be clearly marked with your Student ID number.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Establish an effective therapeutic relationship and create a supportive environment (5)

Effective use of client centred communication strategies (10)

Integration of active listening skills (5)

Generation of relevant information (5)

Appropriate closure of interview (5)

Realistic self analysis (10)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 20%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the theory and philosophy that underpins the profession of occupational therapy.

5. Comply with the regulatory and professional body requirements for occupational therapy student practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Case Study Presentation (30%)
Task Description

This assessment is designed to allow you to integrate the knowledge you have gained during the unit and your independent research to develop a class presentation. You will describe how you would work with a client using the OT Practice Process as your guide. Presenting to colleagues, peers and clients is an important professional skill for you to master over the course of your degree.

You will be provided with a case study containing details of your client. You are required to prepare a 10 minute presentation for a student and professional audience that systematically outlines how you would apply the OT Practice Process including theoretical foundations, information gathering and assessment, problem identification and collaborative goal setting, and intervention planning. You will support your decision making with a dialogue describing the professional reasoning you used along the way.

Presentation Format

10 minute presentation suitable for a professional audience using a range of AV materials including PowerPoint. A reference list and in-text references must be included.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Students may be scheduled to present in week 11 or week 12 depending on enrolment numbers
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Presentation Content, Structure and Organisation (20)

Presentation Style (5)

Use of technology and Materials (5)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 15%
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Conduct person-centred information gathering processes.

5. Comply with the regulatory and professional body requirements for occupational therapy student practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Portfolio

Assessment Title Professional Portfolio (P/F)
Task Description

Over the duration of your program you will use your portfolio in a number of units as a storage site for evidence of your learning and professional development. Much of the information we ask you to store will contribute to your professional practice requirements during your program and assist you on graduation.

For this unit you are required to provide evidence of completion of a range of professional practice pre-requisites. These pre-requisites must be completed to prepare you for any fieldwork visits. In Term 1 you are required to complete the following pre-requisites. Failure to complete these requirements prevent you from enrolling in subsequent occupational therapy units.

  • Blue Card Application submitted
  • Australian Federal Police check completed
  • CQU Student Declaration
  • Evidence of completion of mandatory immunisations

Full details of fieldwork requirements will be available on Moodle and will be discussed in class.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Wednesday (14-Jun-2017) 03:00 PM AEST
Copies of evidence of completion to unit coordinator and school administration
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Gradebook
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Preparation for practice evidenced by successful completion of pre-requisite requirements.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Copies of evidence for pre-requisite completion to course coordinator and school administration

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the development and scope of the occupational therapy profession over time.

5. Comply with the regulatory and professional body requirements for occupational therapy student practice.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Work Related Learning

Students will participate in up to 6 hours of simulated learning which will count towards the overall program requirement of 1000 hours of work integrated learning.


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