Course Outline

OCC201 Occupational Therapy Theory

Course Coordinator:Laura Burritt ( 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?


Occupational therapy practice is underpinned by occupational therapy theory. This course will present you with models and conceptualisations of occupational therapy philosophy, theory and practice. It will provide a basis for understanding occupational function and dysfunction, and introduce you to the basis of therapeutic and professional reasoning process. You will be required to complete practice education as part of the learning for this course which will be arranged and co-ordinated by the course co-ordinator and the occupational therapy placement co-ordinator.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Large Group Workshop, these are recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Face to face small group tutorials. These are not recorded. Some of the embedded placement hours will occur during these times. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Placement – Half of the placement hours will be simulated practice education sessions (telehealth focus) embedded within scheduled small group face to face tutorials/workshops, and half will be as telehealth sessions to be completed outside of these times. Practice education hours include: pre-placement preparation, telehealth sessions, conference attendance (scheduled activity) and debrief sessions. Students will be provided with full details in a timely way via blackboard. 20hrs Week 10 Once Only

Course Topics


  • Occupational therapy process
  • Occupational therapy models and frameworks
  • Frames of reference used in occupational therapy
  • Occupational therapy theory in occupational therapy practice.
  • Professional reasoning
  • Reflective practice



What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

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 and apply occupational therapy models, frameworks and frames of reference to occupational therapy practice. Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.7, 4.4
2 Apply occupational therapy language and terminology to demonstrate the integration of theory to occupational therapy practice Empowered
2.1, 2.2, 2.8
3 Analyse occupational therapy theory in relation to an individual and demonstrate how it informs occupational therapy process and occupational therapy practice. Sustainability-focussed
2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 4.9, 4.10

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
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.
2.8 Reflects on practice to inform current and future reasoning and decision-making and the integration of theory and evidence into practice.
3.1 Addresses occupational performance and participation of clients, identifying the enablers and barriers to engagement.
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.
3.8 Identifies and uses practice guidelines and protocols suitable to the practice setting or work environment.
4.1 Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively.
4.2 Adapts written, verbal and non-verbal communication appropriate to the client and practice context.
4.4 Uses culturally responsive, safe and relevant communication tools and strategies.
4.5 Complies with legal and procedural requirements for the responsible and accurate documentation, sharing and storage of professional information and records of practice.
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”.


OCC102 and LFS112 and LFS122 and PSY100 and PSY101 and (HLT205 or SCI110)


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

Tutorial and workshop activities have been designed to support your learning and provide specific tasks and activities with feedback to enable you to successfully complete the assessment tasks. Learning materials for this course have been constructively aligned to support progressive learning which will relate both to the course objectives and your assessment tasks within this course. 

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 10%
20 mins
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
90 mins
Week 10 In Class
All 3 Written Piece Individual 50%
2000 word equivalent
Refer to Format Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz
This summative assessment is designed to enable you to consolidate the content through provision of summative feedback.
Product: Quiz/zes
Online quiz
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of theoretical concepts and models
1 2
Explain the theoretical basis for occupational therapy practice
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Video analysis exam
In this task, you will be required to analyse and apply your knowledge of frames of reference and models of practice in occupational therapy to video case studies.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Written examination with video case studies
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of occupational therapy models and frames of reference
Translation and application of selected contemporary occupational therapy models of practice and frames of reference
1 2
Ability to apply knowledge of occupational therapy models and frames of reference to case scenarios​
All - Assessment Task 3:Written Application of Models and Frames of Reference
Following 4 days of practice experience you will use your observations, participation and engagement with the service users to reflect on the theoretical basis of occupational therapy practice.
You will complete a two-part assessment that includes:
1) Based on your knowledge of the service user you interviewed in the telehealth sessions, analyse and apply a model to inform the occupational therapy process and professional practice. Select and justify an appropriate frame of reference to support your recommendations for the service user. (1500 words)
2) A reflection related to the telehealth sessions that you attended (500 words)
Product: Written Piece
Submit: Week 14 

Successful completion of this task is dependent on attending 4 days of practice education including the briefings and debriefings on each day.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Translation and application of models of occupational therapy practice and frames of reference
2 3
Engages in reflection to inform professional 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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

​Students should access Canvas for all course requirements. Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas discussion boards and not by email. Course-related issues can be discussed with the Course Coordinator via appointment during designated contact hours as specified on Canvas. ​This course includes compulsory embedded telehealth placement. This requires students to have access to reliable internet at home or students will be expected to use USC on campus networks.

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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