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Humans as Occupational Beings 2 (10311.1)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced 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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In this unit students will adopt an occupational perspective to understand the occupational needs of people as they age and the socio-cultural, geo-physical, economic and political contexts that influence occupational opportunities and choices of older people. Case studies, documentaries and stories of older people will be used to demonstrate the occupational strategies developed over time by people to meet their occupational needs as well as identify the physical, psychological and social challenges associated with ageing. Services provided by occupational therapists to enable older people to lead occupationally rich and satisfying lives will be explored.

This unit is co-taught with Humans as Occupational Beings 2 PG, 9069.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify and describe the impact of various contexts upon the occupational choices and opportunities of older people;

2. Identify and describe how the physical and psychological challenges associated with ageing impact upon the occupational roles and identities of older people; and

3. Conduct an interview with an older person to identify his/her occupational needs and then develop a plan for occupational therapy service that will enable this person to meet some of the identified occupational needs.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hour workshops for 12 weeks.


Must have passed Occupation in Context, 10310.


Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, 373JA.

Incompatible Units

Humans as Occupational Beings 2 PG, 9069.

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