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Gold Coast Session 1 Session 1

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Examines the practice of occupational therapy for individuals whose occupational performance has been impacted by a range of cognitive/mental impairments. 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

  • Introduction to Cognition Assessment and Intervention
  • General Principals of Cognition – theoretical overview and models of cognitive function
  • Consciousness, Attention and Orientation – functional anatomy of brain
  • Methods of assessing cognitive functioning and setting appropriate client centred goals
  • Perception – assessing sensory function and exploring theories of perception, sensation and pain in relation to occupational performance and treatment
  • Memory and Orientation – how these affect occupational performance and occupational therapy intervention
  • Executive Function – planning, problem solving and judgement and how these impact occupational performance
  • Application of knowledge to specific case studies
  • Sleep and Sleep Hygiene
  • Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform (PRPP) Assessment and Occupational Performance Model Australia – OPM(A)
  • Assessment of adult, legal decision-making capacity

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 explain the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
2 discuss 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 influencing assessment and intervention of cognition
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. explain the cognitive/mental processes that affect learning and functional performance
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. discuss 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 influencing assessment and intervention of cognition
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. analyse and report how perceptual deficits impact task performance in individuals with traumatic brain injury
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.