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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces students to the practice of occupational therapy for individuals whose occupational performance has been impacted by a range of cognitive/mental impairments. Through lectures and laboratories, students will develop theory driven and practical clinical reasoning skills to guide their approach to assessment and intervention for clients with cognitive impairments.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to Cognition Assessment and Intervention
Topic 2: General Principals of Cognition – theoretical overview and models of cognitive function
Topic 3: Consciousness, Attention and Orientation – functional anatomy of brain
Topic 4: Methods of assessing cognitive functioning and setting appropriate client centred goals
Topic 5: Perception – assessing sensory function and exploring theories of perception and sensation in
relation to occupational performance and treatment
Topic 6: Memory and Orientation – how these affect functional performance and occupational therapy intervention
Topic 7: Executive Function – planning, problem solving and judgement and how these impact functional performance
Topic 8: Application of knowledge to specific case studies
Topic 9: Sleep and Sleep Hygiene
Topic 10: PRPP – Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
2 identify and describe characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders.
3 develop evidence based intervention principles and strategies that include those used by a range of professionals as well as those specific to occupational therapists
4 design and implement occupational therapy programs that are client-centred and occupation-embedded to address the impact of cognitive impairment on everyday task performance for people with impairments and their families
5 critically analyse major theoretical frameworks that have shaped occupational therapy assessment and intervention in this area of practice
6 analyse and report how perceptual deficits impact task performance in individuals with traumatic brain injury

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. identify and describe characteristics of cognitive impairments impacting on the occupational performance in children and adults with neurological, developmental, learning or mental health disorders.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. develop evidence based intervention principles and strategies that include those used by a range of professionals as well as those specific to occupational therapists
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. design and implement occupational therapy programs that are client-centred and occupation-embedded to address the impact of cognitive impairment on everyday task performance for people with impairments and their families
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. critically analyse major theoretical frameworks that have shaped occupational therapy assessment and intervention in this area of practice
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. analyse and report how perceptual deficits impact task performance in individuals with traumatic brain injury
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Not essential to purchase but would be an excellent resource to have: Brown, C & Stoffel, VC, 2011, Occupational Therapy In Mental Health, FA Davis Company, USA. ISBN: 978-0-8036-1704-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.