SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB922593
Module Leader Jamie McDermott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, completion of MSc Pro-registration Occupational Therapy Entry Requirements

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to develop students' critical understanding of the key foundational concepts that underpin occupational science and occupational therapy. Yerxa (1993) defined the science of occupation as a basic science devoted to the study of the human as an occupational being. As such, it is at liberty to explore the widest and deepest questions concerning human beings who must adapt to the demands and challenges of their environments via the use of skills and capacities which can be categorised as occupations. This module will develop both the breadth and depth of students' understanding of the relationship between occupational science and the core concepts of occupational therapy. In addition to addressing the theoretical basis of occupational therapy practice, this module introduces students to the notion of professionalism, the need for an understanding of the ethical principles which underpin practice, and the impact of knowledge skills and attitudes upon professional practice.


Human occupation Motivation, mastery and competency Occupational and lifespan development Occupational risks to humans Occupational performance Person, Environment, Occupation Performance Model Occupation and health, well-being and survival Environmental factors and the influence on occupational performance History, development and scope of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Doing being, becoming and belonging Change and development Therapeutic use of activity Open systems theory

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:Learning outcomes have been mapped to HCPC Standards of Proficiency (2013) in brackets.1. Synthesise their understanding of the relationships between human occupation and health, activity participation and limitation (4.1, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 8.3, 8.9, 13, 13.10).2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.(13, 13.1,13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.8, 13.9, 14, 14.7)3. Critically evaluate the components of occupational performance (4.1, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 8.3, 8.9, 13, 13.3, 13.5, 13.8, 13.10, 14, 14.18)4. Describe and critically evaluate risks to occupation. (4.1, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 8.3, 8.9, 13, 13.3, 13.5, 13.8, 13.10, 14, 14.18)5. Critically analyse and evaluate the factors which influence occupational performance (4.1, 5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, 8.3, 8.9, 13, 13.3, 13.5, 13.8, 13.10, 14, 14.18) 6. Describe and critically evaluate core concepts of occupational therapy practice. (13, 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 14, 14.7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A range of teaching and learning methods will be employed in this module to develop students' understanding of the concepts of occupational therapy and science and their application to professional practice. Lectures will be used to disseminate information for the purpose of establishing a knowledge base. Tutorials will be used to explore concepts which underpin occupation and the use of methodological approaches in Occupational Science will enable students to develop their skills in communication and interactive skills and provide a basis for case material which will be used in the classroom. A mixture of films, case materials, student experiences and web based resources will be used to provide a blended approach to learning and teaching and provide students with a range of opportunities and environments for learning. A variety of formative activities will be used to develop a shared understanding of the assessment criteria and to empower students to achieve the learning outcomes in a self-directed manner

Indicative Reading

Set texts: CHRISTIANSEN, C., BAUM, C., & BASS-HAUGEN, J., 2015. Occupational Therapy: Performance, Participation, and Well-Being , (4th edition). Thorofare, NJ: Slack. CHRISTIANSEN, C., & TOWNSEND, E., 2014. Introduction to occupation - the art and science of living , 2 nd Edition, Pearson International Edition. Harlow, Essex: Pearson International. WILCOCK, A., & HOCKING, C. 2015. An occupational perspective of health (3rd ed.). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated. Additional reading: CSIKEZENTMIHALYI, M., 1993. Activity and happiness: towards a science of occupation. Journal of Occupational Science , 1(1), 38-42 DUNCAN, E.A.S. 2012 Foundations for practice in Occupational Therapy , (5 th edition). Edinburgh Elsevier: Churchill Livingstone. KRAMER, P., HINOJOSA, J., ROYEEN, C., 2003 Perspectives in Human occupation Participation in Life . Maryland: Lippincot Williams & Wilkins. KRONENBERG, F., ALGADO, S.S., & POLLARD, N., 2005. Occupational Therapy without borders - learning from the spirit of survivors. London: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. MOSEY, A.C., 1981. Occupational Therapy: Configuration of a Profession . New York: Raven Press. MOUNTER, C., & ILOTT, I., 1997. Occupational science: a journey of discovery in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Occupational Therapy , 4(2), 50-55. PUNWAR, A. J., & PELOQUIN, S. M., 2000. Occupational Therapy: Principles and Practice, 3rd ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. REED, K.L., & SANDERSON, S.N., 1999. Concepts of Occupational Therapy, 4th ed. Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. WHITEFORD, G., & WRIGHT-ST CLAIR, V., 2005. Occupation and practice in context. Australia: Elsevier. WILCOCK A.A., 2001 Occupational Science: the key to broadening horizons. British Journal of Occupational Therapy , 64(8), 412-417 ZEMKE R., & CLARK F., 1996 Occupational Science: The Evolving Discipline . Philadelphia: FA Davis.

Transferrable Skills

Evaluative essay writing Discussion skills Framing of questions Critical analysis of source material Communication Group working Reflection Self awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 87.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% 3000 word essay based on analysis of a case story using concepts from Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.