SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B926068
Module Leader Laura Hall
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module will provide foundational knowledge of occupational therapy practice. The aim of the module is for learners to gain knowledge and understanding of the occupational therapy process supported by underpinning theory. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of assessment and intervention planning to enable occupational participation to support health and wellbeing whilst adhering to principles of occupational justice. In addition, occupational therapy core skills such as problem-solving, environmental adaptation and activity analysis will be introduced. This knowledge, understanding and skill development will be presented within the framework of person, environment and occupation.


-360a7 Occupational therapy process a7 Assessment a7 Group work a7 Environmental adaptation a7 Problem solving a7 Activity analysis a7 Grading adaptation a7 Intervention planning a7 Methods of data collection used within occupational therapy a7 Outcome measures a7 Occupational justice framework

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the stages of the Occupational Therapy process (13.3, 13.4, 13.5, 14.7, 14.10, 14.15)2. Demonstrate understanding of the occupational therapy core skills (13, 13.1, 13.4, 13.10, 14, 14.17)3. Demonstrate an understanding of occupational justice as part of the occupational therapy process (5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 9.7, 13.2)4. Define and discuss methods of data collection used within occupational therapy (14.4, 14.10, 14.15, 14.21)5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the person, environmental and occupational components of the Occupational Therapy process (5, 5.3, 5.4, 13, 13.1, 13.2, 13.5, 13.6, 13.8)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Interactive lectures using theoretical concepts, case studies and practice experience will introduce learners to keynote topics. This module will support learners to engage in both practical sessions and seminars to understand the occupational therapy process and core skills. Module materials will be delivered by academic teaching staff, with practice-based clinicians and service users included in sessions where appropriate. Learners will also be encouraged to prepare for academic / practical sessions through engagement with digital learning and self-directed activities/projects. A range of formative learning activities will be included within the module to support learners to meet the identified learning outcomes in alignment with the assessment strategy. The assessment will assess the learners' knowledge of key aspects of the occupational therapy process, core skills and occupational justice in relation to a case study.

Indicative Reading

Books and chapters -360b7 BOWMAN, J., MOGENSEN, L. & LANNIN, N. A., 2017. Writing occupation-focused goals. In: CURTIN, M., ADAMS, J. & EGAN, M. eds. Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment: Promoting occupation and participation. 7 th ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier Ltd. pp. 308-319. -360b7 BRYANT, W., BANNIGAN, K. & FIELDHOUSE, J., 2014. Creek's Occupational Therapy and Mental Health. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. -360b7 CHRISTIANSEN, C.H., BAUM, C.M. & BASS, J.D., 2015. 'Health, occupational performance & occupational therapy. In: CHRISTIANSEN, C.H., BAUM, C.M. & BASS, J.D. eds. Occupational Therapy. Performance, participation and well-being. 4 th ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. pp.23-48. -360b7 Cole M (2017) Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy: The Theoretical Basis and Practice Application of Group Intervention. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc -360b7 CREEK, J., 2010. The Core Concepts of Occupational Therapy: A Dynamic Framework for Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers -360b7 CURTIN, M., ADAMS, J. & EGAN, M., 2017. Occupational Therapy and physical dysfunction: enabling occupation. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. -360b7 DANCZA, K. & RODGER, S., 2018. Implementing Occupation-centred Practice: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapy Practice Learning. Oxon: Routledge Ltd. -360b7 DUNCAN, E.A.S., 2012. Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy . 5 th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. -360b7 DUNCAN, E.A.S., 2008. Skills for Practice in Occupational Therapy. 1 st ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. -360b7 ERLANDSSON, L.K. & CHRISTIANSEN, C.H., 2015. 'The complexity & patterns of human occupations'. In: CHRISTIANSEN, C.H., BAUM, C.M. & BASS, J.D. eds. Occupational Therapy. Performance, participation and well-being. 4 th ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. pp.113-128. -360b7 KRONENBERG, F. & POLLARD, N., 2005. 'Overcoming occupational apartheid: a preliminary exploration of a political nature of occupational therapy'. In: KRONENBERG, F., ALGADO, S. & POLLARD, N. eds. Occupational Therapy without Borders: Learning from the spirit of survivors. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. pp.58-86. -360b7 MACKENZE, L. & O'TOOLE, G., 2011. Occupation Analysis in Practice. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. -360b7 MCCOLL, M.A., LAW, M. & STEWART, D., 2015. Theoretical basis of occupational therapy. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. -360b7 PENDLETON, H.M. & SCHULTZ-KROHN, W., 2018. Pedretti's Occupational Therapy. 8 th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. -360b7 SCHELL, B.A.B., GILLE, G. & SCAFFA, M.E., 2014. Willard & Spackman's occupational therapy. 12 th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. -360b7 STADNYK, R.L., TOWNSEND, E.A. & WILCOCK, A., 2014. Occupational Justice. In: CHRISTIANSEN, C.H. & TOWNSEND, E.A. eds. Introduction to occupation: The art and science of living. 2 nd ed. Essex: Pearson Education, pp. 207-336. -360b7 THOMAS, H., 2015. Occupation-Based Activity Analysis. 2 nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. -360b7 TOWNSEND, E.A. & POLATAJKO, H.J., 2013. Enabling occupation II: Advancing an occupational therapy vision for health, well-being & justice through occupation. 2 nd ed. Ottawa: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. -360b7 WRIGHT, R. & SUGARMAN, L., 2009. Occupational Therapy & Life Course Development: A Work Book for Professional Practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Journal Articles -360b7 BLACK, M.H., MILBOURN, B., DESJARDINS, K., SYLVESTER, V., PARRANT, K. & BUCHANAN, A., 2019. Understanding the meaning and use of occupational engagement: Findings from a scoping review. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 82 (5), pp.272-287. -360b7 BOWMAN, P. J., 2012. Ergonomics work assessment in rural industrial settings: a student occupational therapy project. Work. 43 (3), pp.323-329. -360b7 BROOKS, L. KIM-HUONG, NGAN, T. TOWNSEND, A.F. BACKMAN, C.L. 2019. "I just love it": Avid knitters describe health and well-being through occupation. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 86 (2), pp.114-124 -360b7 CHAPLEAU, A. M., 2015. Exploring the Role and Scope of Clinical Assessment in Occupational Therapy. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 3 (3), pp.1-5 [viewed 25 June 2019]. Available from: <https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1200> -360b7 C OSTA, U. M., BRAUCHLE, G. & KENNEDY-BEHR, A., 2017. Collaborative goal setting with and for children as part of therapeutic intervention. Disability & Rehabilitation. 39 (16), pp.1589-1600. -360b7 FISHER, A., 2013. Occupation-centred, occupation-based, occupation-focused: Same, same or different? Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 20 (3), pp.162-173. -360b7 FRANK, G., 2012. The 2010 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science. Occupational therapy/occupational science/ occupational justice: Moral

Transferrable Skills

-360a7 Individual and group working a7 Communication a7 Observation a7 Interview skills a7 Problem solving a7 Time and self-management a7 Ability to source information using a variety of sources

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% 2000 word essay