OCC105 Occupational Therapy Practice (8)

This subject extends on the foundational concepts of person, environment and occupation from OCC104 to introduce students to the application of those concepts within the profession of occupational therapy. Students will continue to develop their skills of occupation-based activity analysis by analysing the occupations of other people and observing, identifying and describing occupational performance issues. This subject also focuses on the development of foundational skills in occupational therapy practice including manual handling and the use of low-tech adaptive equipment and aids in preparation for workplace learning. Within this subject, students will participate in 75 hours of workplace learning. This provides the opportunity for students to observe occupational therapy practice, enhance observation skills, and apply professional behaviour and communication skills within a practice context.



Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Port Macquarie 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

Grading System



One session


School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the application of the foundational concepts of person, environment and occupation to occupational therapy practice;
  • be able to make some preliminary assessments of a client, including completing an occupation-based activity analysis, to identify the potential occupational performance issues of a client;
  • be able to reflect on and discuss professional decision making processes of an occupational therapist and describe professional reasoning as observed during workplace learning;
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, self-management skills, and communication skills for a first-year student;
  • be able to demonstrate competency in manual handling, hand hygiene, and using personal protective equipment for occupational therapy practice; and
  • be able to demonstrate technical skills in safely adjusting and using low-tech adaptive equipment and aids.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Relationships between illness, injury and impairment and occupational performance and/or engagement;
  • Application of foundational concepts of person, environment and occupation to occupational therapy practice;
  • Occupation-based activity analysis with people who have illness, injury or impairment;
  • Reflection on occupational therapy theory, processes, and decision making observed during workplace learning placement;
  • Professional behaviour and communication skills for practice;
  • Manual handling including safe client transfers with and without adaptive equipment and mobilisation using walking aids and manual wheelchairs;
  • Managing time and priorities when working in an environment of competing demands;
  • Adjusting low-tech adaptive aids and equipment; and
  • Effective hand hygiene & using personal protective equipment to manage infection control risk.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of OCC105 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Thinking like an occupational therapist
Client scenario: review referral
Client scenario: assess/evaluate & set goals

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to do 75 hours of workplace learning placement to practice their communication, professional behaviour, and self-management skills under the supervision of a practicing occupational therapist.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.