Course Outline

OCC212 Evaluation of Occupational Performance

Course Coordinator:Asmita Mudholkar ( 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 Therapists use a variety of observational, analytical and measurement tools to understand constraints to occupational performance. This course will provide the foundation for evaluating clients and analysing assessment data. You will learn to use a variety of observational, standardised and non-standardised procedures for evaluating function. You will also gain experience in synthesising assessment data into reports and case discussions.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – small groups face to face workshops to administer "clinical assessments" 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – Online self-paced learning materials including pre-recorded artefacts 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Entire class to attend the scheduled Zoom Q & A to supplement learnings from the pre-recorded artefacts 1hr Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Evaluation of performance components

Psychometric properties of assessments

Administering standardised and non-standardised tests

Interpretation of results

Writing SMART goals and documentation

Report writing

Case conference presentation skills


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 Identify and analyse the physical, cognitive and sensory factors underpinning occupational performance Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.9, 2.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5
2 Identify and explain potential barriers to occupational performance Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.4
3 Evaluate and describe essential client performance characteristics Empowered
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
4 Assess and justify areas for occupational therapy intervention. Knowledgeable
1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 2.5, 2.9, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1, 4.4
5 Structure an assessment report based on occupational performance and client performance characteristics. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.12, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8, 4.9, 4.11
6 Understand the psychometric properties and clinical utility of standardised assessment tools Knowledgeable


* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1.1 Complies with the OTBA standards, guidelines and code of conduct
1.2 Adheres to legislation relevant to practice.
1.3 Maintains professional boundaries in all client and professional relationships
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.
2.4 Understands and responds to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health philosophies, leadership, research and practices.
2.5 Maintains current knowledge for cultural responsiveness to all groups in the practice setting.
2.8 Reflects on practice to inform current and future reasoning and decision-making and the integration of theory and evidence into practice.
2.9 Maintains knowledge of relevant resources and technologies.
2.10 Maintains digital literacy for practice.
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.
3.4 Develops a plan with the client and relevant others to meet identified occupational therapy goals.
3.6 Seeks to understand and incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ experiences of health, wellbeing and occupations encompassing cultural connections.
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.
3.12 Uses effective collaborative, multidisciplinary and interprofessional approaches for decision-making and planning.
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.
4.6 Maintains contemporaneous, accurate and complete records of practice.
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.
4.11 Identifies and articulates the rationale for practice to clients and relevant others.

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, PSY101, SPX201, OCC202 and enrolled in Program SC440


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Students will have foundation knowledge in anatomy and physiology and will be expected to be able to apply that knowledge in this course.

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

In the Week 2 tutorial, you will receive peer feedback on your documentation skills.  Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their skills during the tutorials.

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 Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 20%
10-15 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Group 30%
1500 words using template
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Report Individual 50%
Assessment report 2500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Viva - Goniometry
Demonstrate your ability to accurately measure range of motion (ROM) of the upper extremity using a goniometer.
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
Due in week 4.
Video submission via Canvas.
You will individually record a 10-15 minute video to measure ROM using a goniometer. You will be assigned 3-4 joints and will be graded one randomly chosen joint by the examiner.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
A marking rubric for each component of the task is available on Canvas.
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Assessment Tool Overview
Demonstrate your understanding the psychometric properties and clinical utility of a standardised assessment tool.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Submit: Part a) Week 6 Friday by 4:00 pm.
Part b) Presentations in class Weeks 6-10 (inclusive).
a) You will be allocated an assessment tool to review with a peer. You will produce a 1500-word overview of the assessment tool using the template provided Canvas. APA 7th or Vancouver format.

b) You and your peer will present your Assessment Tool Overview to your peers in class in weeks 6-10.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
A marking rubric for each component of this task is available on Canvas in the Assignments folder.
All - Assessment Task 3:Client Assessment Report
Complete a range of occupational therapy assessments during class in weeks 1 to 12. Write an assessment report that summarises and synthesises findings from these assessments.
Product: Report
Submit Week 13 Friday by 4:00 pm

You will work in pairs in tutorials to undertake assessments.  You will work individually to prepare your own assessment report.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
A marking rubric for this task is available on Canvas in the Assignment folder
1 2 3 4 5

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 Diane Dirette 2020 Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction (8th ed.). LWW

Specific requirements

​Students should access Canvas for all course requirements. Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas discussion boards instead of email. Other issues can be discussed with your Course Coordinators via appointment during designed contact hours as specified on Canvas

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all 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

 To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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