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 'person-environment-occupation' analysis to practically apply these concepts to themselves and reflect on how their analysis could be extended to demonstrate their understanding of the cultural, historical and social determinants in relation to health and well being of Indigenous Australians.  In addition, students will develop their academic literacy skills in preparation to become a confident and competent university student.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie 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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Incompatible Subjects


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, following self-reflection on the concepts of person, environment and occupation, understand and discuss the historical, political and social determinants that impact Indigenous Australians
  • be able to conduct an activity analysis and occupation analysis


This 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
  • Overview of historical, political and socials determinants that impact on the health and well-being of Indigenous Australians
  • 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


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.