Course Outline

OCC102 Participation in Occupation

Course Coordinator:Kristy Gerlach ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

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

What is this course about?


In this course, you will explore the meaning and health benefits created by engagement in occupation. Through an understanding of your own occupations, you will appreciate the sense of wellbeing that ensues when occupational performance is optimal. Through the use of narrative, you will develop an understanding of barriers to occupational performance, and will explore the ramifications of occupational dysfunction.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online Large group workshop to supplement learning materials. Workshops are recorded. 2hrs Week 1 8 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Face to face small group tutorial. Tutorials are not recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 9 times
Placement – Simulated practice education sessions - 3 SESSIONS. Practice education hours include: 1hr pre-placement independent learning activities; 5.5 hrs simulated placement. Further information provided at the commencement of semester. 5.5hrs Week 11 3 times
Seminar – Honours Conference 8hrs Week 10 Once Only

Course Topics

  • Participation and health 
  • Participation in occupation
  • Taxonomy of occupation and classifications of occupations 
  • Therapeutic properties of occupation 
  • Occupational performance issues in individuals and communities
  • Occupational justice and deprivation 
  • Barriers and enablers to occupation 
  • The Intentional Relationship Model and Therapeutic Relationships 
  • Introduction to reflective 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 relationship between participation in occupation and health and wellbeing. Knowledgeable
2.2, 3.1
2 Explain personal, environmental and occupational barriers and enablers to occupational performance. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 3.1
3 Analyse and apply the therapeutic properties of occupations. Creative and critical thinker
2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
4 Demonstrates ethical, respectful and professional behaviour and self-management skills as per the USC Occupational Therapy Student Code of Conduct. Ethical
1.7, 1.8, 1.11, 1.13, 1.14, 1.16, 3.7, 4.10
5 Demonstrate effective team work and group processes through reflective practice. Empowered
1.1, 4.1, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1.1 Complies with the OTBA standards, guidelines and code of conduct
1.7 Collaborates and consults ethically and responsibly for effective client-centred and interprofessional practice.
1.8 Adhere to all work health and safety, and quality requirements for practice.
1.11 Maintains professional competence and adapts to change in practice contexts.
1.13 Manages resources, time and workload accountably and effectively.
1.14 Recognises and manages her/his own physical and mental health for safe, professional practice.
1.16 Contributes to education and professional practice development of peers and students.
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.
2.3 Identifies and applies best available evidence in professional practice and decision-making.
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.
3.3 Collaborates with the client and relevant others to determine the priorities and occupational therapy goals.
3.7 Reflects on practice to inform and communicate professional reasoning and decision-making.
4.1 Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively.
4.8 Maintains professional collaborative relationships with clients, health professionals and relevant others.
4.9 Uses effective communication skills to initiate and end relationships with clients and relevant others.
4.10 Seeks and responds to feedback, modifying communication and/or practice accordingly.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

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


OCC101 and enrolled in Program 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

This course will include early assessment in week 4 which will provide an opportunity for you to receive formative feedback on your academic progress. In week 4 of this course, a draft copy of your assessment will be peer reviewed during your tutorial. 

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 Written Piece Group 0%
500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Oral Group 30%
10 minute Oral Presentation
Week 7 In Class
All 3 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
60 questions from a pool. 1.5 hours duration.
Week 9 Online Test (Quiz)
All 4 Essay Individual 40%
1000 words
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Occupational Profile
To demonstrate your ability to create a comprehensive occupational profile/ narrative of a client highlighting relevant aspects of Person, Environment and Occupation which may impact on engagement in meaningful occupation.
Product: Written Piece
Week 4: Group Submission to CANVAS
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Development of a comprehensive client profile.
Demonstration of knowledge of key aspects of person, environment and occupation.
Demonstrate understanding of health condition/ diagnosis and potential impacts.
Demonstrate effective team work and collaboration.
All - Assessment Task 2:Oral Presentation
To demonstrate your understanding of concepts relevant to participation in occupation and to practice information gathering as per the evaluation phase of the occupational therapy process. To reflect on effective team work through application of reflective practice.
Product: Oral
In-class presentation and submission of reflective activity.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and application of the concept of participation in occupation.
Knowledge and application of barriers to participation in occupation.
Knowledge and application of general methods of enabling participation in occupation.
Demonstrates understanding of health condition/ diagnosis.
Demonstrate effective team work and reflection.
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
To demonstrate your understanding of concepts relevant to participation in occupation, as discussed in learning materials, tutorials and associated readings.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Online completion of combination of true/ false and multiple choice questions, including some case based, within 1.5 hour timeframe.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge and application of the concept of participation in occupation.
Knowledge and application of the relationship between participation in occupation and wellbeing.
Knowledge and application of barriers to participation in occupation.
Knowledge and application of general methods of enabling participation in occupation.
All - Assessment Task 4:Reflective Essay
To observe and analyse the occupations school children engage in, the meaning associated with those occupations, and the interrelationship between person, environment and occupation in mediating occupational performance. To reflect on the practice education sessions at a personal and professional level demonstrating areas and strategies for improvement.
Product: Essay
Essay related to Practice education sessions and subsequent reflections totalling 1000 words. Uploaded to CANVAS.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Active participation during practice education sessions in weeks 10, 11, 12 & 13
Application of concepts relevant to enabling participation in occupation.
Observation and critique of environments that impact on participation in occupation
Ability to engage in reflective practice.

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. Directed study hours may vary by location. 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 Charles H. Christiansen,Julie D. Bass,Carolyn M. Baum 2014 Occupational Therapy (Fourth Edition) Slack
Required Ted Brown,Helen Bourke-Taylor,Stephen Isbel,Louise Gustafsson,Reinie Cordier 2021 Occupational Therapy in Australia 2nd Routledge

Specific requirements

Students should access Canvas for all course requirements. Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas discussion boards instead of via email. Other issues can be discussed with your Course Co-ordinator via appointment during designated contact hours as specified on Canvas. You are advised to wear the USC Occupational Therapy uniform is required when you participate in practice education sessions.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety 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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