OCC200 Professional Decision-making in Occupational Therapy (8)

Students will build and extend their knowledge of models, theories and frames of reference that inform occupational therapy practice.  They will learn to apply occupation concepts, theories and evidence to make decisions about assessment, goal setting, intervention and evaluation with clients.

Students will develop their knowledge of a person-centred approach that includes understanding the impacts of social determinants and cultural environment on the efficacy of different models, theories and frames of reference. They will also develop their critical thinking skills to assess the relevance of occupational therapy models for people from diverse backgrounds.

Students will learn to make and justify clinical decisions by combining their knowledge of a person-centred approach, evidence based practice, models, theories and frames of reference, ethical frameworks and critical thinking skills.


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

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

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 apply evidence to their professional decision making at each stage of the occupational therapy process (assessment, goal setting, intervention and evaluation);
  • be able to present to a team, a justification for a clinical decision, supported by evidence, key theoretical models of occupational therapy and related frames of references/theories ;
  • be able to situate their decision making within an ethical framework; and
  • be able to demonstrate how their decision making has accounted for the client's social determinants and cultural environment in a person-centred approach to their professional practice particularly for culturally diverse clients.


This 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; and
  • Developing academic literacy skills to access, read, interpret and report on different forms of evidence.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of OCC200 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Mid session exam
Evidence based review
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.