Module Code MPLHS1FCP
Parent Programme Pre-Registration IPL Programme / BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Module Title Foundations of Occupation
Credit Rating 20 credits (10 ECTS credits)
& Duration 60 hours academic direction
140 hours of student learning time
Academic Responsibility Sarah Harvey
Pre-Requisites Not applicable
Co-Requisites Not applicable
The module aims to provide an understanding of occupation as the foundation knowledge of the occupational therapist. It will introduce you to the complexity of occupation and its relationship to health and wellbeing. It aims to begin to develop a sense of identity as an occupational therapist.
By the end of this module you should be able to:
- Use appropriate occupation focussed language to explain the importance of occupations on health and wellbeing.
- Describe how occupational science concepts inform occupational therapy practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the use of occupational performance analysis as a core tool of occupational therapy practice.
Indicative Module Content
Occupation will be introduced as the unique focus of the occupational therapist. Occupational performance analysis will be used to enhance your understanding of the complexities of occupation. The history of occupational therapy will be presented to outline the development of the profession, which will help to inform your professional identity. Models of occupational therapy and disability (including the World Health Organisations’ International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) will frame occupational therapy in the wider context.
Occupation will be explored through the lens of occupational science in order for you to develop a sense of identity as an occupational therapy student and as an underpinning concept guiding occupational therapy practice. The Person-Environment-Occupation model (Law et al., 1996) will be used as a means for introducing the language of occupational therapy theory. There will be an opportunity to develop some core practical skills which will be of value in the practice setting. The basics of ‘doing’ occupational therapy will be highlighted.
Learning and Teaching Strategies
You will be expected to actively engage in classroom activities as an individual and in small and larger group activities. You will need to prepare for taught content as appropriate which includes the completion of workbook activities and further reading. Group presentations will form part of the formative learning process. You will be encouraged to use their developing skills gained via the personal development module to search for, and use, information gained about occupational therapy etc. and to engage in activity including the virtual learning environment. You will utilise knowledge and understanding when on placement.
This module will be assessed through a 2,500 word written assignment in which you should demonstrate an understanding of occupational therapy theory applied to meaningful occupation and occupational performance analysis [weighting 50%]. (LO 1, 2, 3).
Assessment of practice – 2500 word equivalent [weighting 50%] (LO 1, 2, 3).
Duncan E. (Ed) (2011) Foundations for practice in occupational therapy, (5th Ed). London: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
Christiansen, CH & Baum, CM (Eds.) (2015) Occupational Therapy. Performance, Participation and Well-Being,( 4th Ed).New Jersey: Slack Inc.
Christiansen & Townsend, (2011). Introduction to Occupation: The Art and Science of Living, (2nd Ed) New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Crepeu, Cohn & Schell (Eds.) (2009) Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (11th Ed)Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Kielhofner G (2008) Model of human occupation: Theory and application (4th Ed) Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Molineux, M. (2004) Occupation for occupational therapists Oxford: Blackwell Publishers
Pierce, D. (2003) Occupation by design: Building therapeutic power. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company
Townsend, E.A. & Polatajko, H. J. (2007). Enabling occupation II: Advancing an occupational therapy vision for health, well-being & justice through occupation. Ottawa, ON: CAOT ACE
Thomas, H. (2012) Occupation-based activity analysis. New Jersey: Slack Inc.
Pierce.D (2014) Occupational Science for Occupational Therapy, New Jersey: Slack incorporated.
Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Journal of Occupational Science
American Association of Occupational Therapists: www.aota.org
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: www.caot.org
Royal College of Occupational Therapists, UK: www.cot.org.uk
European Network of Occupational Therapists in Higher Education:
Health and Care Professions Council: www.hpc-uk.org
World Federation of Occupational Therapists: www.wfot.com/
World Health Organization International Classification of Function, Disability and Health: www.who.int/classifications/icf/en/