OT0506 - New Horizons in Occupational Therapy

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What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have an understanding of the benefit of occupational therapy in a variety of contexts. You will develop knowledge from social, behavioural and health sciences to inform your understanding of how the professional philosophy of occupational therapy can be applied in non-traditional settings to enhance and facilitate occupational performance in individuals and communities.
You will also explore and critique current health and social care drivers which are key in the development of occupational therapy services and debate the opportunities and barriers to professional practice.

How will I learn on this module?

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 explore OT roles in new/non-traditional areas and will include sessions by visiting lecturers who are practicing in these areas in order to provide you with an authentic, contemporary experience.
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 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 how professional core skills of occupational therapy can be applied to a range of contemporary practice areas.
2. Appraise the opportunities and possible barriers in promoting occupation in practice.
3. Understand local, national and international policy and guidance shaping occupational therapy practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Recognise the need to market occupational therapy and understand marketing strategies to promote the profession.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Understand how to effectively and creatively use resources.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment – group assessments

Cohort to organise an event which showcases OT roles in new/non-traditional areas. Students to do poster presentations in small groups.
Tutor feedback will be provided to each group and this will link directly with the module summative assessment.

Summative assessment- 2500 words written assignment

“Discuss the evidence for a new Occupational Therapy role”

Critically discuss the evidence for a new OT role considering the professional philosophy of OT and current drivers in health and social care. (All MLOs)

You will receive written feedback summarising strengths and areas for development from your summative assessment.


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Module abstract

In this module you will develop your understanding of how occupational therapists can use their professional core skills in a range of practice areas, including new, emerging and non-traditional roles. This module will also consider the health and social care factors which necessitates the development of occupational therapy into non-traditional settings and in different areas of practice, locally, nationally and internationally. You will examine the development of your own core skills before thinking creatively and innovatively about how these core skills could be applied in different areas of contemporary and future practice. You will develop awareness of marketing and entrepreneurial skills in order to promote the profession.

You will learn from academic staff and practitioners who have experience in practicing in non-traditional areas of occupational therapy and information available from contemporary literature and culture. A group formative assessment in the format of a showcase event will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the role of OT in non-traditional areas and this will then lead in to the summative assessment for the module. The summative assessment will refer to the same scenario and will require students to critically review and discuss the role of OT in non-traditional settings.

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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