OCC200 Professional decision-making in occupational therapy (8)


This subject enables students to understand the occupational therapy process and how to make decisions for therapy practice. Students will learn about different types of professional decision-making used by occupational therapists for assessment, intervention and evaluation. In this subject, students will build and extend their knowledge of models, theories and frames of reference that inform occupational therapy practice with clients from diverse backgrounds. Students will develop an understanding of evidence-based practice in occupational therapy and integrate relevant information to inform best practice decisions. This subject builds on knowledge developed in first year subjects and offers opportunities for students to link their research knowledge to principles of evidence based practice in occupational therapy.


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Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC200
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

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate professional decision-making relevant to different stages of the occupational therapy process (assessment, goal setting, intervention and evaluation)
  • be able to apply different styles of professional decision-making and critical thinking to various client-based learning scenarios
  • be able to describe and apply key theoretical models of occupational therapy and related frames of references/theories to person-centred practice
  • be able to reflect on the relevance of occupational therapy models for people from diverse backgrounds
  • be able to critique and evaluate the relevance and quality of research evidence related to occupational therapy practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Exploring different styles of professional decision-making related to the different models of practice
  • Integrating health models that influence occupational therapy including the International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability (ICF)
  • Using occupational therapy processes including but not restricted to the Canadian Practice Process Framework, Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process
  • Applying professional reasoning with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Evidence based practice for occupational therapy
  • Developing academic literacy skills to access, read, interpret and report on different forms of evidence


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.