Course Outline

OCC222 Neurological Causes of Occupational Dysfunction

Course Coordinator:Christine Michael ( 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?


This course will consolidate and apply neuroscience and occupational science knowledge to a variety of clinical conditions. This application will result in an understanding of how body structures and functions impact on activities and participation. The course will include clinical reasoning to identify client centred occupational goals.

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. 3hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Face-to-face small group tutorials. Tutorials are not recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times

Course Topics


 The nervous system; Multiple sclerosis; The brain and cortical areas: Cerebrovascular accident: The spinal cord and peripheral nerves; Spinal cord injury; Sensation and the limbic system; Traumatic brain injury; Brain stem and cerebellum; Parkinson’s disease; Motor control; Motor Neurone Disease; Cerebral palsy; Spina bifida; Autonomic nervous system, neural pathways; Neurocognitive disorders; Substance addiction.

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 Knowledge of neuroscience and associated conditions. Knowledgeable
2, 2.1, 2.6
2 Occupational consequence of neurological conditions. Knowledgeable
2.2, 3.1, 3.2
3 Identify client-centred occupational goals Knowledgeable
3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.10
4 Explain and communicate the role of the occupational therapist in enhancing occupational performance. Knowledgeable
3.1, 3.2, 3.13

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
2 Knowledge and learning
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.
2.6 Maintains and improves currency of knowledge, skills and new evidence for practice by adhering to the requirements for continuing professional development.
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.
3.5 Selects and implements culturally responsive and safe practice strategies to suit occupational therapy goals and environment of the client.
3.10 Reviews, evaluates and modifies plans, goals and interventions with the client and relevant others to enhance or achieve client outcomes.
3.13 Uses appropriate assistive technology, devices and/or environmental modifications to achieve client occupational performance outcomes.

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 PSY203 and LFS103 and LFS112 and LFS122 and SPX201 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

Task 1 will provide weekly formative feedback for all students from week 2.

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%
1-10 Questions for weeks 1-5 in class
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
MCQs 90 minute
Week 7 In Class
All 3 Oral Individual 50%
10-15-minute oral exam comprised of short answer questions
Week 12 In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz
This task will enable you to test your knowledge of neuroscience and occupational impact of conditions.
Product: Quiz/zes
1-10 Questions for weeks 1-5 in class
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates knowledge of applied neuroscience and occupational impact of health conditions on activities, participation and occupation.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:In class exam
This task will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of neuroscience and occupational impact of conditions.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
90-minute exam comprised of multiple choice questions
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates knowledge of applied neuroscience and occupational impact of health conditions on activities, participation and occupation.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 3:VIVA
This task will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge of neuroscience and occupational impact of conditions.
Product: Oral
10-15-minute oral exam comprised of short answer questions
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates knowledge of applied neuroscience and occupational impact of health conditions on activities, participation and occupation.
1 2 3 4

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 Ben Atchison,Diane Dirette 2016 Conditions in Occupational Therapy n/a LWW
Required Sharon A. Gutman 2016 Quick Reference Neuroscience for Rehabilitation Professionals n/a Slack

Specific requirements

Students should access CANVAS for all course requirements. Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on CANVAS discussion pages instead of email. Other issues can be discussed with your course coordinator via appointment during designated contact hours as specified on CANVAS. You are advised to wear USC Occupational Therapy uniform if you deliver an oral presentation in class.

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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