OCC104 Person, Environment and Occupation Foundations (8)


This subject introduces students to the occupational therapy profession and the profession's focus on the person, environment, and occupation concepts.  Each of these concepts will be investigated in detail to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of each and the dynamic interactive relationship between them and the health and wellbeing of people. Students will conduct a personal 'person-environment-occupation' analysis to practically apply these concepts to themselves.  Students will also conduct a 'person-environment-occupation' analysis of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person to demonstrate their understanding of the cultural, political, historical and social determinants of health and wellbeing.  In addition, students will develop their academic literacy skills in preparation to become a confident and competent university student. 

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Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC104
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to gather ideas and information from careful and critical reading, to build the conceptual and factual foundations of occupational therapy
  • be able to define the concepts of person, environment and occupation and discuss the relationship between these concepts and health and well-being
  • be able to describe issues that may impact on the development of skills that underlie occupation
  • be able to discuss the concept of historical, politicial and social determinants and the impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • be able to discuss the concepts of person, environment and occupation from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • be able to conduct an activity analysis and occupation analysis


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to occupation and occupational therapy
  • Focus on occupation: complexity, diversity, roles, lifespan - personal, groups, organisations and populations
  • Focus on person: body structure and function, performance skills and patterns, and psychological and emotional factors
  • Focus on environment: contexts and types, cultural, social, economic, political and historical
  • Person, environment and occupation concepts and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Conducting an occupation profile
  • Conducting an activity analysis
  • Conducting an occupational analysis
  • Academic literacy


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.