Course Outline

OCC311 Enabling Occupation: The Adult

Course Coordinator:Kirsty Stafford ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 1

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 extend your knowledge and skills in working with adults to enhance occupational performance. It will explore the occupations of adults within the context of the home, the workplace and the wider community and builds on both your neuroscience and occupational science knowledge. You will develop initial competencies in choosing and applying various occupational therapy interventions relevant to working with adults with occupational performance issues.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Weekly online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online synchronous large group workshop to supplement learning materials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Small-group tutorials each week for application of learning 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Placement – Development of telehealth intervention skills - telehealth introduction tutorial, human factors online workstation assessment preparation 8hrs Week 6 Once Only

Course Topics

Choosing interventions 

Physical, sensory and motor interventions 

Cognitive and perceptual interventions 

Pain management 

Technological interventions 

NDIS and occupational therapy interventions 

Occupation focused interventions (ADL, sexuality, IADL, Sleep and rest, leisure and social participation, work) 

Telehealth for interventions 


What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth 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 Apply knowledge of neuroscience and occupation as a theoretical basis for occupational therapy intervention. Knowledgeable
2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 4.11
2 Identify and articulate occupational performance goals relevant to adult clients. Empowered
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.11
3 Select and articulate occupational therapy interventions to restore maintain and promote healthy occupational engagement and to prevent occupational dysfunction. Engaged
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7, 3.13, 4.1, 4.2, 4.11
4 Integrate literature and evidence to justify the choice of occupational therapy interventions to meet client goals Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.6, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 3.4, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.11

* 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.
2.3 Identifies and applies best available evidence in 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.
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.
3.7 Reflects on practice to inform and communicate professional reasoning and decision-making.
3.13 Uses appropriate assistive technology, devices and/or environmental modifications to achieve client occupational performance outcomes.
4.1 Communicates openly, respectfully and effectively.
4.2 Adapts written, verbal and non-verbal communication appropriate to the client and practice context.
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”.


OCC201 and OCC212 and OCC222 and OCC232 and enrolled in Program SC440


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

You will be able to conduct occupational therapy assessments. You will have previous knowledge of occupational therapy theory and occupational therapy skills. You require knowledge of causes of occupational dysfunction including neurological disease and associated presentations

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 week 3 there will be a summative online quiz 

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 5%
20 mins
Week 3 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 45%
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Written Piece Individual 50%
2000 word
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Week 3 Summative exam
You will test your knowledge and application of course content in an online quiz
Product: Quiz/zes
An individual summative task, 20 minutes. Online.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Selection of correct options in an online test to demonstrate understanding of occupational performance goals and suitable intervention approaches.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Case study exam
This task will enable you to demonstrate your ability to articulate knowledge of occupational therapy interventions to enabling adults
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Case study Exam, 
Individual, 90-minute, case-study with long answer questions submitted online (TurnitIn)
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification of appropriate occupational SMART goal, and the selection and description of occupational therapy intervention suitable to meet the goal
2 3
Transfer of knowledge and skills of occupational therapy interventions suitable for a specific client through the detailed intervention example and grading based on course content
All - Assessment Task 3:Adapted NDIS occupational therapy intervention plan
To demonstrate selection, understanding and relevance of a variety of interventions suitable for a NDIS participant
Product: Written Piece
Assignment, using the provided template and allocated case study.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Creative and critical thinking demonstrated through the identification of occupational SMART goals and priorities.
1 2
Selection and description of occupational therapy interventions suitable to meet goals based on literature and evidence
3 4
Creative and critical thinking demonstrated through justification and selection of reasonable and necessary occupational therapy interventions based on literature and evidence.
3 4
Transfer of knowledge and skills of occupational therapy intervention approach/es to specific NDIS participant through the detailed intervention example and grading
Written communication

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 n/a LWW
Required Michael Curtin,Jo Adams,Mary Egan 2017 Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury Or Impairment n/a Elsevier

Specific requirements

Students should access USC Learn - Canvas for all course requirements. Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas 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?

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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