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OCCT1020 Principles of Occupational Therapy Practice

Module Overview

This module introduces the profession of Occupational Therapy within the current contexts and scope of practice. It considers the meaning and impact of occupation on individuals and within society and explores the consequences of disrupted occupations and the transformational potential of occupation in practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between occupation, health and wellbeing and the factors that facilitate or challenge participation in occupations.
  • Apply theories from occupational science and other relevant bodies of knowledge to form the foundation of reasoned professional practice.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of occupational disruption in relation to the occupational performance of individuals, groups and communities, and the value of restoring opportunities for participation in occupation.
  • Utilise critically appraised evidence to support therapeutic interventions at a foundation level
  • Apply the core theoretical principles that underpin Occupational Therapy to a range of case based practical scenarios
  • Carry out an occupational analysis based on a practical experience drawn from the Personal and Professional Development module


• Introduction to the profession of occupational therapy; defining occupation and an appreciation of its role in human experience • Introduction to occupational science and occupational analysis. • Recognition of the complexities and individual meanings attributed to everyday experience. • Application of theory to practical scenarios • Occupational development across the lifespan • Causes and effects of occupational disruption on individuals, groups and communities • Concepts of occupational injustice, alienation, deprivation and the importance of reconstructing/ restoring opportunities for participation

Special Features

Occupational self-analysis to enhance student’s awareness of the fundamental principles of occupational therapy practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning and teaching activities will incorporate: The module will use a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, self-directed learning, group work in order to enable students to begin to relate theory to practice and to start to develop professional reasoning skills. Specific learning and teaching activities incorporated within the module will include the use of case studies. Faculty staff and visiting specialists in their field will contribute to the teaching of this module. Collaborative peer learning, guided learning activities and self-directed study will form significant components of students’ activity and learning in this module. Ongoing formative feedback, including that provided by peers, will be used to explore the development of student understanding, to check for any misunderstandings, and to clarify and correct any misconceptions.

Wider reading or practice73
Follow-up work20
Practical classes and workshops20
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task20
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Molineux, M. (2009). Occupation for Occupational Therapists. 

Christiansen, C. Townsend, E (2014). Introduction to Occupation: Pearson New International Edition: The Art of Science and Living. 

Mackenzie, L., & O'Toole, G. (Eds.). (2011). Occupation analysis in practice. 

Wilcock, A. A. (2006). An occupational perspective of health. 

Creek, J. (2010). The core concepts of occupational therapy: a dynamic framework for practice. 

Turpin, M. J., & Iwama, M. K. (2011). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A Fieldguide. 

A dedicated Blackboard site will be available to support this module along with a wide range of books, articles and websites. Suggestions will be made session by session, but students will be expected to select additional material appropriate to their own. 

Health and Care Professions Council (2013). Standards of Proficiency: Occupational Therapists. 

College of Occupational Therapists (2014). Learning and development standards for pre-registration education. 

Kramer, P., Hinojosa, J., Brasic, C. and Royeen, C. (2003). Perspectives in human occupation: participation in life. 

Duncan, E. A (2011). Foundations for practice in occupational therapy. 

Whiteford, G. E., & Hocking, C. (Eds.). (2011). Occupational science: Society, inclusion, participation. 

Watson, R. Swartz, L. (2004). Transformation through Occupation. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis 50%
Case based practical & viva 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis 50%
Case based practical & viva 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no anticipated costs associated with completion of this module for students although it is acknowledged that students may wish to purchase recommended texts.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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