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OCCT1021 OT Personal and Professional Development 1

Module Overview

This is a practical and experiential module that enables students to engage at an introductory level in selecting new skills/occupations from a wide choice across a range of categories to gain first-hand experience of participation. The module enables students to recognise the impact of active engagement in occupation on identity and personal development and explore concepts of choice and personal motivation in ascribing meaning to actions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

By the end of the module students will have started to develop an understanding of how personal insights into the self influence future OT practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Exercise choice and articulate personal reasons for the decisions made
  • Recognise the individual and unique nature of reasoning, motivation and choice
  • Demonstrate active personal engagement and participation in a range of creative, practical and expressive occupations
  • Use critical reflection to analyse personal responses to their experiences of participation and share examples with peers
  • Critique evidence that contributes to academic discussions around client centred approaches and the therapeutic use of occupation
  • Complete a range of occupational analyses based on their experiences
  • Recognise the therapeutic implications of their chosen occupations, appropriate to Level 4 study, and how they may be tailored to reflect the priorities of individuals in practice environments
  • Develop a personal learning action plan and begin to construct a CPD portfolio for development over the duration of the programme


Following introduction to the concepts of personal choice and motivation students will select one occupation that is new to them from each of the following categories: Outdoor e.g. environmental projects such as construction of wild life habitats, green gym, outdoor pursuits, woodland art, garden design etc. Practical e.g. Baking, furniture restoration, needlecraft, painting / decorating, DIY, needlecraft Creative arts e.g. printmaking, sculpture, music, dance, textile art, collage The chosen occupations will underpin the syllabus which includes: Accessing resources, managing project budgets, basic principles of using materials, risk assessment, evaluation and networking. It will also include an introduction to critical reflection and build on the skills of occupation analysis.

Special Features

A practical and experiential module in which students have choice in the tasks undertaken and the opportunity to develop a repertoire of activities to use within therapeutic contexts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Introductory lectures, tutorials and group exercises, self-directed experience of chosen occupations. Presentations to peers and others as appropriate. Personal critical reflection, occupational analysis and strong links to other OT specific modules

Wider reading or practice98
Completion of assessment task20
Practical classes and workshops9
Follow-up work30
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Black S (2012). Knitting: fashion, industry and craft. 

The Journal of Modern Craft. 

Journal of Occupational Science. 

Black Dog (2006). Making stuff: an alternative craft book.. 

Costall A, Dreier O (2006). Doing things with things: the design and use of everyday objects. 

Parker R (2010). The subversive stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine. 

Tubbs C, Drake M (2007). Crafts and creative media in therapy. 

Levine F, Heimerl C (2008). Handmade nation: the rise of DIY, art, craft and design. 

Rose G (2010). Doing family photography: the domestic, the public and the politics of sentiment. 

Smith EK (2007). How to make books. 

Adamson G (2010). The Craft Reader. 

Atkinson K, Wells C (2000). Creative therapies: a psychodynamic approach within occupational therapy. 

Atkinson K, Wells C (2007). Seeing, doing and knowing: a philosophical theory of sense perception. 

Orr G (2011). Poetry as survival. University of Georgia Press. 

Christiansen C, Baum C (2005). Occupational therapy: performance, participation, and well-being. 

Hung S Magliaro J eds (2006). By Hand: the use of craft in contemporary art. Princeton Architectural Press. 

Meriano C, Latello D (2008). Occupational therapy interventions : function and occupations. 

Mackenzie L (2011). Occupational analysis in practice. 

Dupon O (2011). The new artisans: handmade designs for contemporary living. 

Adamson G (2007). Thinking through craft. 

Hersh G (2005). Activity analysis : application to occupation. 

Brooker L, Edwards S (2010). Engaging Play. 

Wilcock A (2001). Occupation for health. London, British Association and College of Occupational Therapy. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Exhibition of module work 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exhibition of module work 100%

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:

Travel Costs for placements

Please detail any cost implications associated with the module (including key texts, journals, field trips, visits, teaching) and provide a clear statement for students as to whether the costs for such activities are covered within programme costs or if there are additional costs for the student Materials and equipment associated with the chosen occupations Travel costs associated with outdoor project

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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