OT4003 - Introduction to Occupational Disruption

What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have a clear understanding of the term 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 build on existing 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, cultural and political 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 student-centred approaches, designed to help you make the transition to university learning and to help you develop knowledge in relation to important topics. A blended approach using both face to face and online learning opportunities will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts, with practical and seminar sessions 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, inclusive care including collaboration with others and an appreciation of the importance of and the differences and diversity in the lived experience of individuals.
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, will provide a structured blending learning experience including face-to-face and on-line learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module guide, 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 opportunity 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, automatic feedback on Blackboard.

Summative assessment:

Short Answer Exam 2 hours (MLO 1-4)
Tutor feedback provided via Blackboard.





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 is a short answer exam to showcase knowledge and understanding of occupational disruption and the impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

Course info

UCAS Code B925

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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