Course Outline

OCC101 Concepts in Human Occupation

Course Coordinator:Kerri-Anne Von Deest ( School:School of Health - Occupational Therapy

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This introductory course explores the history, founding values, and philosophies of the profession. The role of contemporary practice will be explored in the context of the Australian healthcare system. The occupational therapy practice process and foundational theory will be explored to scaffold the link between engagement in meaningful occupations and health and well-being. Simulated practice education, focusing on culturally responsive practice, is an assessed component of this course. It contributes towards the total 1000 hours required by WFOT. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshop 1 is an online large group workshop designed to augment learning materials. Workshop 1 is recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Workshop 2 comprises academic learning activities during weeks 1-9 and practice education experiences during weeks 10-13. Practice education workshops are mandatory and contribute towards your total 1000 hours of practice education required by the WFOT. Workshop 2 is not recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Seminars in this course are designed to provide additional face to face learning opportunities for students. 1hr Week 2 3 times

Course Topics

  • An introduction to occupational therapy in the Australian context
  • An overview of the Australian health care system
  • Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy
  • Occupational therapy values and philosophies
  • Contextual history of occupational therapy: Local and global
  • Occupational therapy scope of practice
  • Occupational therapist's role in the interprofessional team
  • Introduction to practice frameworks and models 
  • Occupation and activity analysis
  • Decolonising occupational therapy through a strengths-based approach
  • Culturally responsive practice

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1 Explain the history and evolution of occupational therapy. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.12, 1.13, 2.1, 4.1
2 Describe occupational therapy's professional values and philosophies. Knowledgeable
1.1, 1.17, 4.1
3 Describe key occupational therapy concepts, theories and practice frameworks. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
4 Describes culturally responsive practice and demonstrates own self awareness through reflection. Empowered
1.6, 3.6
5 Demonstrate ethical, respectful, culturally responsive, and professional behaviour. Ethical
1.1, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1.1 Complies with the OTBA standards, guidelines and code of conduct
1.5 Practices in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner, with particular respect to culturally diverse client groups.
1.6 Incorporates and responds to historical, political, cultural, societal, environmental and economic factors influencing health, wellbeing and occupations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
1.7 Collaborates and consults ethically and responsibly for effective client-centred and interprofessional practice.
1.9 Identifies and manages the influence of her/his values and culture on practice.
1.12 Identifies and uses relevant professional and operational support and supervision.
1.13 Manages resources, time and workload accountably and effectively.
1.17 Recognises and manages any inherent power imbalance in relationships with clients.
2.1 Applies current and evidence informed knowledge of occupational therapy and other appropriate and relevant theory in practice.
2.2 Applies theory and frameworks of occupation to professional practice and decision-making.
2.4 Understands and responds to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health philosophies, leadership, research and practices.
3.1 Addresses occupational performance and participation of clients, identifying the enablers and barriers to engagement.
3.2 Performs appropriate information gathering and assessment while identifying a client’s status and functioning, strengths, occupational performance and goals.
3.6 Seeks to understand and incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ experiences of health, wellbeing and occupations encompassing cultural connections.
4.1 Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively.
4.2 Adapts written, verbal and non-verbal communication appropriate to the client and practice context.
4.3 Works ethically with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to understand and incorporate relevant cultural protocols and communication strategies, with the aim to support self-governance in communities.
4.4 Uses culturally responsive, safe and relevant communication tools and strategies.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in SC440


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback on your progress will be provided via the formative assessment in Week 4. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 0%
20 minutes
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 30%
750 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
1 hour, 40 Questions. See Canvas for details.
Week 9 Online Test (Quiz)
All 4 Activity Participation Individual 10%
Completion of self directed learning as per the requirements of the pre and post workshop requirements. Three hours per week for four weeks.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 5 Written Piece Individual 30%
650 words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Self-Assessment Quiz
You will demonstrate your knowledge of the foundational concepts taught in the first four weeks of the course.
Product: Quiz/zes
Knowledge-based multiple-choice online quiz, completed via Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will be assessed on your knowledge of the foundational concepts taught in this course.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:The Evolution of Occupational Therapy
You will demonstrate an understanding of the history and evolution of the profession  and describe the scope and values of contemporary practice in Australia.
Product: Written Piece
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Describes the evolution of the profession
Explains the values and scope of contemporary occupational therapy practice in Australia
Applies an academic writing style using the third person, keeps within the word limit, applies APA 7th edition referencing
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
You will demonstrate your knowledge of the foundational concepts taught in the course.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Knowledge-based and case-study-based multiple-choice examination, completed via Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will complete an exam to demonstrate your knowledge of the foundational concepts taught in this course.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 4:Practice Education
Develop knowledge and skills for culturally responsive practice.
Product: Activity Participation
Evidence of completion of the pre and post workshop activities and participation in practice education workshops.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of completion of the pre and post workshop activities and participation in practice education workshops.
4 5
Completed "Log of hours" uploaded to SONIA.
All - Assessment Task 5:Culturally Responsive Practice
Demonstrate your understanding of the connection between occupational therapy theory and practice.
Product: Written Piece
Reflective essay.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Selects and describes relevant occupational therapy theory.
Links theory with contemporary and culturally-responsive practice.
3 5
Applies an academic writing style using the third person, keep within the word limit, selects and applies a suitable referencing style and applies it consistently across the assignment (i.e. APA 7th ed. or Vancouver)

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Ted Brown,Helen Bourke-Taylor,Stephen Isbel,Louise Gustafsson,Reinie Cordier 2021 Occupational Therapy in Australia 2nd Routledge
Required American Occupational Therapy Association 2020 Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process 4th AOTA

Specific requirements

Students should access Canvas for information about course requirements (including practice education). Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas discussion boards and not by email. Other issues can be discussed with your Course Coordinators via appointment during designed contact hours as specified on Canvas. Students will be expected to wear their UniSC Occupational Therapy uniform for in-class presentations and practice education activities throughout their degree.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all studio and laboratory classes and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risk concerns may include equipment, instruments, and tools; as well as manual handling items within the laboratory. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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