OCC204 Enabling Strategies: Working with Assistive Technologies (8)

This subject introduces students to environmental adaptation and assistive technology. Students will develop practical skills in the selection and use of a range of assistive technologies. Knowledge from other subjects in the course will be applied to enable students to appreciate the interaction between the person, environment and occupation, and how this informs decision-making in this practice area. Relevant Australian Standards and legislation will be introduced and applied to inform decisions when recommending modifications to the home environment.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: OCC204. 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

Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational occupational therapy and biomedical science subjects completed in first year of the occupational therapy course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define assistive technology and recognise the role assistive technology has in enabling occupation and participation
  • be able to describe the components of an effective assistive technology solution
  • be able to use a feature-matching process and investigate appropriate assistive technology options from a range of sources, to make person-centred recommendations for environmental adaptations and assistive technology
  • be able to recognise and articulate person-environment-occupation interactions and how this influences environmental adaptation and assistive technology recommendations
  • be able to demonstrate and effectively communicate the selection and use of a range of assistive technology for different purposes and audiences
  • be able to conduct assessments of the home environment, apply relevant Standards and legislation, and develop technical drawings to support recommendations for modifications to the home environment.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Processes in assistive technology service provision including person-centred assessment, trial, implementation and evaluation
  • Communicating and reporting environmental assessment findings and assistive technology recommendations
  • Universal design
  • Introductory technical drawings
  • Minor and major environmental adaptations to the home environment, including relevant Australian Standards and legislation
  • Manual handling: principles and application
  • Assistive technology options for mobility, communication, self-care, domestic and work tasks, play and leisure

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of OCC204 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
Home assessment and recommendations
Practice skills exam
Practical skills and manual handling competencies
Workshop attendance and activities

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.