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Foundations of Occupational Therapy (10300.1)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Occupational Therapy


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This unit introduces students to key values, theories, perspectives and concepts that underpin the profession of occupational therapy and models that guide occupational therapy practice. Students learn about the diverse settings, from urban to remote, local and international, in which occupational therapy is practised. They also learn about of the broad scope of practice in occupational therapy, from traditional roles in hospitals working with individuals, to consultation and advocacy roles working on behalf of communities and populations. In preparation for the practice education in the last two weeks of this unit, relevant professional behaviours are practised and awareness of appropriate attitudes and cultural sensitivities are developed. This unit complements Occupational Therapy Toolbox 1, 10301, by providing foundational knowledge relevant to the prescription and implementation of occupational therapy services.

This unit is co-taught with Foundations of Occupational Therapy PG, 8349.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Synthesise information gathered from a comprehensive occupation analysis and describe contextual aspects of the analysis;

2. Explain the rationale for adopting occupation-focused practice by drawing upon recent and relevant theory, research and literature; and

3. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviours, language and attitudes in a supervised practice setting.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hour problem based workshop for 11 weeks and then a total of 70 hours for the practice education block (2 weeks full time).


Introduction to Occupational Therapy, 10299.


Must be enrolled in Occupational Therapy Toolbox 1, 10301, AND must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, 373JA.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

Foundations of Occupational Therapy PG, 8349.

Equivalent Units


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