DA4024 - Fundamentals Occupational Science

What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you understand the relationship between occupation (everyday activities that people find meaningful and purposeful), and health and wellbeing. You will develop knowledge from occupational science to develop your understanding of how engaging in occupation impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals and learn about health promotion and community engagement from an occupational perspective. Through engagement with module staff and your work-based mentor you will be able to review how this is reflected in the workplace. You will also explore how health and environmental factors impact on an individual’s motivation and ability to engage with everyday activities.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of student-centered approaches, designed to help you make the transition to university learning, alongside your work-based learning to help you develop knowledge of occupational therapy and occupational science; The module will be delivered via a blended approach using a range of online resources including flipped classroom, online lectures will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts, with practical and seminar sessions utilised to explore these concepts in interactive and experiential ways through a blended approach of online and face to face learning during. Classroom based sessions will be utilised during consolidation weeks enabling you to synthesise work-based learning , practice placement learning alongside the theoretical and practical university based sessions. In particular, practical sessions will be utilised to encourage engagement in, and reflection on, the link between engagement in every-day activities, and health and wellbeing, Student-led directed learning will also be important to help you to develop knowledge about key scientific and theoretical concepts which will be introduced during the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The identified module tutor, alongside the module teaching team and your work-based mentor, will structure a range of blended learning opportunities including online workshops, seminar and tutorials to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module guide, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your academic development. A formative assessment will enable you to evaluate your own progress within the module in relation to occupational analysis and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will form an integral part of the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Explore and identify factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
2. Discuss the link between occupational participation and engagement and health and wellbeing

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Develop digital literacy in relation to contemporary public health policy to an understanding of human occupation

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Explore cultural and societal influences affect health and wellbeing.
5. Explore the relationship between the wider determinants of heath and health inequalities through engagement with public health data

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment – group assessments
Submission of 500 Word outline of an occupational analysis. (MLO 1 and 2)

Summative assessment- 2000 words analysis

“An Occupational Analysis”

You will be required to complete a 2000 word detailed written analysis of an occupation and demonstrate how this links to health and wellbeing (all MLOs)

*Students will be given clear guidance on confidentiality and anonymity.





Module abstract

Throughout the lifespan humans engage in a range of occupations which impact on health and wellbeing. During this module we will explore how particular activities and occupations such as exercise, cooking, or socialising contribute to health wellbeing. In an interactive and reflective way, this module will enable you to develop knowledge about the link between how individuals engage in occupations and their personal health and wellbeing, and the health and wellbeing of their families, networks and communities.

This module will start with an exploration of our own occupations and the impact these have on our health and wellbeing before exploring health promotion and community engagement from an occupational perspective. The module will also consider how occupation can be utilised to improve the health of individuals and communities. Students will reflect and learn from their own health behaviors, the activities of those around them, and information available from contemporary literature and culture.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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