OT0408 - Human Occupation Across the Lifespan

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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 occupational roles that humans undertake across their lifespan and
how they undertake important activities associated with these roles.
You will develop knowledge from physical, behavioural and social sciences to inform your understanding of how humans develop the ability to
carry out occupations – for example how humans move, think and emotionally respond.
You will also consider how human development is influenced by engagement in occupations, and how, simultaneously, choice and
engagement in activities and roles is influenced by the skills that are developed throughout the human lifespan.

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 where appropriate) 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, everyday occupations and to observe the skills, actions, responses
and behaviours of others when engaged in occupation. Audio-visual and online material will be used to support observations and discussions.
There will also be a period of fieldwork within this module where you will spend a short time in an environment where you can begin apply
theoretical knowledge to observations of how humans perform and engage in occupation. Examples could include a period of time in a school
or nursery, a day centre or community facility or a residential environment for older people. This not only assists you to learn about human
occupation in the context in which it occurs, but also provides an early, ‘low-stakes’ opportunity to learn about the professionalism required
when representing the university and the profession in different workplace environments. This will assist you to develop towards your first
period of practice placement later in year 1.
During this fieldwork, although you are not necessarily working with users of health and social care services, this opportunity will help you to
think about how you work alongside a range of people in different situations and contexts, and to prepare you for learning from the experience
of service users in other areas of the programme.
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. Discuss activities and roles performed by individuals across the lifespan
2. Identify how the development of, and change in, physical, cognitive and emotional skills influence participation in occupation
3. Identify risks associated with engagement in occupation at different stages across the lifespan.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Interpret and communicate knowledge and terminology from base sciences to an understanding of human occupation
5. Use observation and skills in information gathering to understand how other people engage in

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Develop curiosity to enquire how occupation gives life meaning throughout the lifespan.
7. Reflect on how cultural and societal influences affect occupation across the lifespan
8. Demonstrate professionalism when negotiating to observe or gather information about an individual’s
engagement in occupation

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
a) Student-led seminars to share fieldwork experiences with peer and tutor feedback (MLO 5, 6, 7, 8)
b) Self test to assess development of scientific knowledge – with formative feedback in the form of sample

Summative assessment: 15 minute Oral Presentation (All MLOs)
“Human Occupation in Context”
Choose an individual* either from:
a) Contemporary public life
b) Your own networks or communities
Discuss the occupational roles relevant to this person and how these roles relate to their stage of life and development.

Discuss how the development and maintenance of physical, cognitive and emotional skills influence participation in occupation.

Reflect on how cultural and social factors influence participation in occupation for this individual.

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

You will receive written feedback summarising strengths and areas for development from your summarise





Module abstract

From birth to the end of life, humans engage in a range of occupations which give their life meaning. This module will start with an exploration of the occupational roles people undertake throughout their life - for example the roles of sibling, student, employee, parent - and the activites associated with these roles which give them meaning. The module will also examine how the development of physical, cognitive (thinking) and emotional skills supports and influences engagement in occupation.

This module will enable students to understand occupations and roles from different perspectives. This will assist students to develop foundation professional skills and attributes to help to prepare for practice placements and future employment – such as respecting diversity and demonstrating a non-judgemental approach. At an early stage, it will also emphasise the potential for using knowledge about occupation when working across a range of settings and with a range of groups and individuals.The module will incorporate time spent in ‘real-world’ settings to learn about human occupation for people of different ages in the context in which it occurs and to develop foundation awareness of the professionalism required when representing the university and the profession in workplace environments.

The module assessment will be an oral presentation to develop confidence in articulating knowledge and understanding to others.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 40

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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