DA4026 - Occupational Therapy Skills 1

What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of the key knowledge and skills required for practice as an occupational therapist. You will explore underpinning Occupational Science, occupational and activity analysis in order to develop understanding of occupational disruption and the range of social and individual factors which impact on a person’s ability to engage in occupations linked to health and wellbeing. You will develop knowledge from occupational, physical, behavioural and social sciences to inform your understanding of a range of acute and chronic disease processes and the impact these may have on an individual’s capacity to engage in self-care, productivity and leisure pursuits. You will develop a foundation understanding of how social factors external to an individual may also impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities and the subsequent impact on occupational engagement. Building on your understanding of human developmental theory you will explore occupational disruption and potential impact on health and wellbeing associated with each life stage.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a range of blended learning approaches, designed to help you make the transition to university learning and to help you develop knowledge in relation to important topics whilst drawing on your work-based experience. Online lectures will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts, alongside access to online learning packages to support your development in basic sciences including anatomy and physiology. Group work and seminar sessions will be used to explore these concepts in interactive and experiential ways. In particular, opportunities to engage with the narratives of people who have experienced occupational disruption will support the development of skills in person-centred care including collaboration with others and an appreciation of the importance of and the differences in the lived experience of individual building on your work-based experiences. 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. 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.

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 blended learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module handbook, 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. Formative assessment opportunities with feedback will assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be 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. Demonstrate verbally and in writing a foundation level knowledge of a range of acute and chronic disease processes which may affect an individual across the lifespan.
2. Demonstrate verbally and in writing an understanding of the impact of social, cultural and political factors on occupational engagement across the life span.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Identify information from a range of sources to be able to discuss the variety of factors linked to occupational disruption.
4. Apply theoretical principles to support analysis of interactions between physical, psychosocial and social components of occupational engagement.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Collaboration with others to facilitate client centred practice and promote inclusion and participation

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Self, peer and tutor feedback on the understanding and articulation of concepts relating to occupational disruption in seminars and via the discussion board. (MLO 5)

Blackboard quiz, sample exam questions.

Summative assessment:
Semester 1

Video presentation of an activity analysis linked to a student generated case study for their work based experience (MLO 1-4)

Semester 2
Short Answer Exam (MLO 1-4)





Module abstract

Occupational Therapists support those experiencing disruption due to physical (e.g. disease) or social factors (e.g. bereavement). Participation in this module will develop your knowledge and understanding of some of the major types of disease, injury and social issues associated with key life stages.

Impact on health and wellbeing is influenced by life stage, individual circumstances and the social, cultural and physical environment surrounding the person. Understanding these intersecting complex factors will contribute to you respecting equality and diversity and demonstrating a non-judgemental approach to promote inclusion and participation.

The module will also help you to prepare for your first practice placement (Placement 1 module), where you will meet individuals who are experiencing disruption and change to everyday activities. You will develop an empathic and compassionate understanding of how individuals work towards restoring and maintaining health and wellbeing through engagement in meaningful occupation.

The assessment consists of a presentation related to activity analysis in semester 1 and a short answer exam in semester 2 to showcase knowledge and understanding of occupational disruption and the impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

Course info

Credits 40

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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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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