Introduction to Occupational Therapy (10299.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Occupational Therapy||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Outline key characteristics of occupational therapy and the underpinning concepts of occupational science;
2. Identify the key philosophical principles of occupational therapy and demonstrate how this can be enacted in occupational therapy practice; and
3. Describe a variety of settings occupational therapists can work in, within Australian society and the Australian health care system.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
This unit combines lectures, case-based tutorials and group work, considering the inclusion of different pedagogies and cultural diversity for an accessible learning experience.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Mrs Katherine Rae|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Mrs Katherine Rae|
List of Required Texts/Readings:
Brown, T., Bourke-Taylor, H., Isbel, S., Cordier, R., & Gustafsson, L. (2021). Occupational therapy in Australia: professional and practice issues (Second ed.). Allen & Unwin.
List of recommended texts/reading:
Boyt Schell, B.A. & Gillen, G. (2019). Willard and Spackman's Occupational Therapy (13th ed.). Wolters Kluwer
Curtin, M., Egan, M., & Adams, J. (2017). Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation (Seventh ed.). Elsevier.
Required and recommended readings per week are listed on Canvas.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the unit's UCLearn site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
Unless otherwise specified, all written assessments are to be uploaded in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
Allocated word limits are final. The examiner will stop reading when the allocated word limit is reached. Content beyond the word limit will not be assessed. This same principle will also apply for presentations, where content after the time limit will not be marked.
Assessment Drop-in Sessions
Drop-in sessions are scheduled during the semester to provide support to students in completing assessment items (refer to Canvas for details). By attending these sessions, students will have the opportunity to:
- Clarify the requirements of the assessment item
- Understand the marking rubric
- Receive feedback regarding the general structure of their intended response
Teaching staff will not review drafts or provide individual feedback on the content of student work.
Outside of the drop-in sessions, clarification regarding assessment tasks should be obtained by posting on Canvas discussion boards. Questions raised on discussion boards within 48 hours of assessment due date and time may not be responded to by teaching staff.
Staff will not respond to questions regarding assessment items raised by email.
Special assessment requirements
Assessments will be moderated according to the moderation procedures followed by the Discipline of Occupational Therapy. Refer to Canvas for a copy of the moderation guidelines.
Once marking and moderation have been completed, students will receive their marks and appropriate feedback. If a student would like to receive further feedback, a timeslot will be allocated for students to book a time with the unit convener or the assessor.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Inclusion and engagement
Some of the topics in this unit might be compelling or stressful for some of the students, e.g. ageing and health related conditions. Students can accees the free counseling service on campus. See information about the Medical and Counselling centre in the UC website or visit the Centre in Building 1, Level B to book an appointment.
It is essential that students actively participate in all lectures and tutorials. Such participation is required by students in order to meet the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (2018). Therefore, except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance for all lectures and tutorials is expected. It is also expected that if students are unable to meet these participation requirements they inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by telephone or email.
Required IT skills
It is expected that students will have basic computer skills, an ability to use databases to search for journal articles, and to regularly access their UC email account and Canvas. Canvas is an online learning site, which provides students with access to readings and learning activities.
Lecturers will communicate with all students via their UC email account and announcements on Canvas. It is the students' responsibility to regularly check their email and Canvas for messages, information and/or instructions.
Students are responsible for any travel and accommodation costs related to site visits for completion of assessments.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Unless otherwise advised in the assessment instructions, written assessment pieces must conform to the following requirements:
- Cover sheet should include the assessment title, student number and word count as specified by the assessment. You should not include your name on the cover sheet.
- Font size: 12 pt – Times New Roman or Calibri.
- Line spacing: double
- Headings: in bold, maximum size 16 pt.
- Margins: no less than 2.54cm on all sides.
- Page numbers: at the bottom right-hand corner of footer.
- Student identification number: (number only) at the top right-hand corner of the header.
- Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
- References: given in APA 7th Edition style (author, date). Information on this referencing style can be found on the library website at:
- web-based version - http://canberra.libguides.com/content.php?pid=238252&sid=1966106
- pdf version - https://canberra.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=27348090
Word length/number of pages will be specified as required. Specific instructions will be available on Canvas.
In the course of studying occupational therapy, students may be exposed to clinical cases and situations that may be stressful. At UC a free Counselling Service is available for all students. All sessions are confidential. The UC Counselling Service is located in the UC Health and Counselling Centre in Level B in Building 1. For more information please go to https://www.canberra.edu.au/on-campus/health-and-support/medical-counselling/counselling
At all times, students must be aware of the requirements of patient privacy. This requires respect for privacy during clinical site visits and when writing case studies, assignments, writing in clinical records or reflective journals. All written and verbal work (other than medical notes) requires de-identification of patients' details. Specifically:
- Pseudonyms should be used for the names of patients and organisations in all academic work
- Identifying information, including demographic information, should be modified in academic work, using terminology such as 'similar to'.
- Students should mark all academic work with sensitive information as 'in confidence' in the footer
- Where possible for assignment purposes, students should develop 'composite' patients/clients based upon their experiences with several patients or clients in one clinical placement experience if possible. Students should note that this is a composite and not intended to identify a single person.
- Students should use the password-protect function on their word programs to further guard sensitive information.
- Students should avoid naming other students in academic work, such as reflective pieces or portfolios.
- Students should attend workshops for health science students on how to change information about patients in line with these recommendations.
For further information, students may visit https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-for-health-service-providers/