OCC105 Occupational Therapy Practice (8)


This subject introduces students to the profession of occupational therapy.  A number of occupation-based models will be introduced to illustrate ways in which occupational therapists work with individuals, groups, communities and populations who have, or are at risk of having, occupational performance issues.  Students will develop an understanding of the breadth of the profession through meeting occupational therapists.  Students will also focus on developing their skills of activity and occupation analysis on other people, integrating their knowledge and understanding of the complex impact of the person-environment-occupation factors on occupational performance.  Students will be introduced to basic practice-based occupation-focused assessment and enabling strategies for people who may be challenged in engaging in their valued occupations.    

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Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC105
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 define occupational therapy and understand the development of the profession
  • be able to identify potential occupational performance issues that may occur as a result of an illness, injury or impairment
  • be able to explain factors that impact on peoples' ability to engage in occupation
  • be able to describe culturally sensitive and respectful strategies for engaging with people from diverse backgrounds
  • be able to compare and contrast different occupation-focused models and illustrate how the focus of each model impacts on occupational therapy practice
  • be able to conduct basic practice-based assessments, conduct analyses of occupational engagement and identify appropriate types of occupational therapy enabling strategies


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Foundations, development and history of the occupational therapy profession
  • Biomechanical, sensory-motor, and cognitive-perceptual aspects related to doing
  • Occupation-focused models of practice (e.g. Occupational Performance Model (Australia), Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement, Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance, KAWA Model)
  • Overview of occupation-focused assessment, in particular further development of occupational analysis
  • Occupational therapy process (e.g. Canadian Practice Process Framework) and enabling strategies (e.g. remediation, compensation, education)
  • Relationship between illness, injury and impairment and occupational performance
  • Culturally sensitive and respectful strategies for working with people from diverse backgrounds


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.