SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB926056
Module Leader Lisa Forrest
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces students to essential physiology and anatomy of the human body and facilitates development of a critical understanding of a range of conditions which may impact on individuals' occupational performance, health and wellbeing. A range of major organ systems will be explored such as respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system, genitourinary system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. Conditions will be explored through the application of biopsychosocial frameworks. These conditions will be considered through an occupational lens with the application of The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO, 2001). Particular emphasis will be placed on the occupational nature of human beings, exploring not only body structures and function but also human and environmental attributes that enable or limit participation and engagement.


-360b7 Cells and tissues b7 Major organ systems such as respiratory system, cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, digestive system, genitourinary system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. b7 Morphological features of the skeleton, joints of the upper and lower limbs b7 Muscles of the trunk, pectoral girdle and shoulder, upper limb, hand, hip and pelvic girdle, lower limb b7 Measurement techniques for range of movement b7 Movement and activity analysis b7 Aetiologies, pathologies, clinical features of common conditions relating to: degenerative neurological, non-degenerative neurological disorders, systemic disorders, orthopaedic conditions, affective disorders, psychoses, neuroses, organic disorders, substance misuse b7 Impact of conditions on body functions, structures, activity and participation b7 Enablers/Barriers to engagement in occupation and the effect on health and wellbeing b7 ICF

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. Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of the prevalence, aetiology, signs and symptoms of a range of health conditions(13.5, 13.11, 14.7, 14, 14.10)2. Critically evaluate the impact of health conditions on occupational participation and engagement, health and wellbeing (5, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 13, 13.1,13.8, 13.11)3. Critically evaluate the International Classification of Functioning (13, 13.1, 13.3, 14)4. Critically analyse barriers and enables to occupation, health and wellbeing, using the ICF as a conceptual framework. (5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6, 8, 8.3, 8.5, 8.6, 9, 9.3, 9.7, 13, 13.1, 13.2, 13.4, 13.5, 13.6, 13.8, 13.9, 13.10, 13. 11, 14, 14.7, 14.15, 14.17, 14.20, 14.22, 14.24)5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the morphological features of the skeleton (including joints of the upper/lower limbs and relate to function/dysfunction(13.11, 14, 14.7)6. Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of a range of major organ systems and relate to function/ dysfunction (13.11. 14, 14.3, 14.7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will use a range of strategies to deliver the module content. These will include; tutorials, seminars, lectures, online resources and self-directed learning. Keynote lectures will be used to introduce key concepts. Seminars will then be used to explore these concepts and allow students to engage in critical analysis and discussion. Tutorials will also be used to engage students in practical activities, particularly in relation to the anatomy component of the module.

Indicative Reading

BROWN, C. & STOFFEL, V. eds. 2011. Occupational therapy in mental health: A vision for participation . Philadelphia: F.A.Davis. BRYANT, W., FIELDHOUSE, J., BANNIGAN, K., eds. 2014, Creeks Occupational Therapy and Mental Health , 5th ed, Churchill Livingstone, London CASH, M. 2000, Pocket atlas of the moving body . London: Ebury Press. COLLEGE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS., 2004, Guidance on the Use of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in Occupational Therapy Services . College of Occupational Therapists Ltd, London. CURTIN, M., MOLINEUX, M., WEBB, JA., eds., 2009, Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation , 6th ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier. DIRETTE, D. & ATCHISON, B., 2016. Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Effect on Occupational Performance. 5th ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. HARRISON, P., COWEN, P., BURNS, T., FAZEL, M., 2017, Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry . 7 th ed. Glasgow: Bell and Bain Ltd. JARMEY, C. & SHARKEY, J., 2015. The concise book of muscles . 3rd ed. Berkeley: Lotus Publishing. KRUPA, T., 2015. Bruce and Borg's Psychosocial Frames of Reference: Theories, Models and Approaches for Occupation-Based Practice . 4 th ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Inc. MARITZ, R., BAPTISTE, S., DARZINS, S.W., MAGASI, S., WELESCHUK. C. & PRODINGER, B., 2018. Linking occupational therapy models and assessments to the ICF to enable standardized documentation of functioning. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy , 85(4): 330-341. PENDLETON, H.Mc., WINIFRED, S.K., eds. 2016. Pedretti's Occupational Therapy: Practice Skills for Physical Dysfunction. 8 th ed. Missouri: Elsevier. MCMILLAN, I.R., CARIN-LEVY, G. & TYLDESLEY, B., 2012. Tyldesley & Grieve's muscles, nerves and movement in human occupation. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons. MOLL, S.E., GEWURTZ, R.E., KRUPA, T.M., LAW, M.C., LARIVIERE, N. & LEVASSEUR, M., 2014. "Do-Live-Well": A Canadian framework for promoting occupation, health, and well-being. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 82(1): 9-23. TORTORA, G.J., & DERRICKSON, B.H., 2015. Introduction to the Human Body . 10 th ed. USA: John Wiley & Sons. TROMBLY, C.A. & RADOMSKI, M.V. eds., 2013. Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction, 7th ed. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins. WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION, 2001. International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability . Geneva: World Health Organisation. SCHELL, B., & GILLEN, G. eds., 2018. Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy. 13 th ed. Baltimore MD: Walters Kluwer.

Transferrable Skills

communication person centred practice giving/receiving peer feedback problem solving activity analysis group working presentation independent and self-regulated study critical thinking critical debate evaluative writing ICT

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 201.00
Lectures (FT) 33.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 70.00 45% 3000 word report
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 30.00 45% Anatomy and Physiology Class Test