OT0404 - Occupation for Health and Wellbeing

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What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have a foundation understanding of the link between occupation (every day activities that people find meaningful and purposeful), and health and wellbeing. You will develop knowledge from social, behavioural and health sciences to inform your understanding of how engaging in occupation impacts on the health and wellbeing of individuals, and learn about health promotion from an occupational perspective. You will also start considering 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-centred approaches, designed to help you make the transition to university learning and to help you develop knowledge in relation to important topics. Lectures and e-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. 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.
Some of this experiential learning will be classroom based with other students, with other activities in alternative environments. 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 structure 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 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.
A formative assessment opportunity with staff and/or peer 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. Identify factors that contribute to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities
2. Discuss the link between engagement in occupation and wellbeing throughout the lifespan.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Interpret and communicate knowledge and terminology in relation to contemporary public health policy to an understanding of human occupation

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Reflect on how cultural and societal influences affect health and wellbeing.
5. Develop curiosity to enquire about the relationship between the wider determinants of heath and health inequalities.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment – group assessments

Groups to facilitate ‘occupation-focussed’ sessions for each other and be able to explain why that occupation may have health and wellbeing benefits. Groups will be provided with peer and/or tutor feedback. (MLO 1 and 2)

Summative assessment- 2000 words analysis

“An Occupational Analysis”

Choose an activity/occupation and carry out a detailed analysis.

Use this analysis to discuss the links between this activity and health and wellbeing. (All MLOs)

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





Module abstract

From birth to the end of life, humans engage in a range of occupations which affect their health and wellbeing. We all have ideas about how particular activities and occupations – such as as exercise, cooking, or going out with friends – contribute to wellbeing. In a fun, interactive and reflective way, this module will help you to begin to consider 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 what it means to be healthy and well before students start exploring health promotion 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 behaviours, the activities of those around them, and information available from contemporary literature and culture.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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