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Coffs Harbour
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Expands students' understanding of occupational therapy theory and process through the exploration of clinical reasoning and decision-making processes. Enable students to objectively compare and contrast approaches to practice using occupational therapy models, theories and frames of reference to guide clinical reasoning.

Unit content

Occupational therapy and linked models, theories and frames of reference, may include but not be limited to:

  • Occupational Performance Model OPM (Australia)
  • Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E)
  • Developmental model
  • Biomechanical model Ecology of Human Performance Model (EHPM)
  • Kawa (River) model Model of Human Occupation (MOHO)
  • Person-Environment-Occupation Model (PEO)
  • Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance Model (PEOP)
  • Occupational justice framework
  • Independent living model
  • Social model of disability
  • Models of clinical reasoning

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify and define the essential constructs, components and structure of a range of theoretical models and frames of reference representing human occupations and occupational performance
2 select, apply, and interpret the use of various theoretical models and frames of reference in occupational therapy assessment and intervention
3 critically analyse the use of theoretical models and frames of reference in various practice contexts and their utility in identifying and addressing the fundamental occupational needs of individual, groups and populations
4 identify and analyse models of clinical reasoning and decision-making employed in occupational therapy practice
5 examine the alignment between various theoretical models and frames of reference representing human occupations and occupational performance and models of clinical reasoning employed in occupational therapy practice.

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

  1. identify and define the essential constructs, components and structure of a range of theoretical models and frames of reference representing human occupations and occupational performance
  2. select, apply, and interpret the use of various theoretical models and frames of reference in occupational therapy assessment and intervention
  3. critically analyse the use of theoretical models and frames of reference in various practice contexts and their utility in identifying and addressing the fundamental occupational needs of individual, groups and populations
  4. identify and analyse models of clinical reasoning and decision-making employed in occupational therapy practice
  5. examine the alignment between various theoretical models and frames of reference representing human occupations and occupational performance and models of clinical reasoning employed in occupational therapy practice.

Prescribed texts

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