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OCCT1028 Health Sciences 2 for Occupational Therapists

Module Overview

The Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry programmes will jointly offer a comprehensive range of detailed lectures in human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial science as a continuation of semester one content in Health Sciences 1. Each programme will specify a subset of lectures from this broad offering to be attended by its students on a compulsory basis. In this way students will access a comprehensive offering in Health Sciences tailored to learning outcomes for their specific programme. Lectures not identified as required will be offered to students from any programme on an optional/self-study basis. Joint learning sessions in human anatomy will be delivered at the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences (CLAS), at Southampton General Hospital. In this module, the World Health Organisation’s determinants of health and Public Health England’s current priorities for health care are used as frameworks to underpin the importance of detailed knowledge and understanding of the sciences that inform Occupational Therapy. The module, therefore, focuses on the recognition and understanding of how an individual’s psychological health is inextricably linked to their physical health, both as a consequence of events or a precursor to events thereby influencing perceptions, motivation, actions and the potential for recovery.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Within this module students will continue to build an integrated understanding of human anatomy, physiology, health psychology, sociology, the body’s responses to pathology or trauma and the impact of these events on an individual’s sense of self, their relationships and their occupations.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the basic structure & functions of relevant systems of the human body e.g. the neurological system.
  • Recognise the functional effects of common pathologies of relevant body systems e.g. the neurological system.
  • Outline the main arguments of key psychosocial theories e.g. social support and caring, self-identity, adjustment and coping or loss and grieving.
  • Identify the possible psychosocial issues that may face people with different healthcare needs. With respect to the presented issue and in the context of other pre-existing conditions and the over-all patient programme.
  • Understand the importance of integrating the physiological, anatomical, psychological and sociological needs of a person to fully understand the presented condition in the context of other pre-existing conditions. Recognise the value of effectively communicating pertinent conclusions to the patient.


The Occupational Therapy students will be directed to attend the lectures which are identified as essential to underpin their future practice. Students will also be offered an option to attend additional lectures running in the joint lecture programme. Using a range of case studies reflective of current practice, the syllabus may include the following: • Global and national health priorities and the implications for individuals’ health and wellbeing. • Understanding of anatomical structures and physiology of the body i.e. neuro-musculoskeletal systems and their relationship to normal function • Primary and secondary responses to pathology and trauma • Biomechanical principles, sensory motor systems, the cardio-respiratory system and psychological well-being and their relevance to occupational performance The subject areas from anatomy, physiology, pathology, health psychology and sociology will be linked to enable students to begin to understand the interrelationship of physical and mental health and the impact of ill health/disability on sense of self and occupational performance. The material delivered in the joint lecture programme includes: Neuromusculoskeletal System • Structure and function of muscles, and nerves • Pathology: nerve damage, • Integration of motor & sensory systems. Central Nervous System • Structure and function of the spinal cord and brain, including reticular systems, vestibular system, basal ganglia, brain stem and cerebellum • Properties of nerve cells and propagation of action potentials • Motor and sensory systems, afferent and efferent pathways, motor integration • Muscle tone, balance and co-ordination • Pathology: e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis 2) Psychosocial Science An introduction to the key principles of psychosocial sciences will be provided within a biopsychosocial framework. This will involve reviewing the application of key psychosocial issues and theories that are related to the practice of Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry within a holistic manner and within the context of care. The key topics that will be covered may include: • Social support and caring • Further exploration of adherence, self-management and unrealistic expectations • Self-identity • Adjustment and coping • Loss and grieving

Special Features

This module will be supported by the strong science base within the University of Southampton. It is our intention to maximise opportunities for our students working within this robust academic environment by sharing learning opportunities and being exposed to experts in the field. Access to the university’s Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences (CLAS), for instance, will provide a strong learning environment for our students. The faculty has invested in proprietary electronic learning resources that will enhance the delivery of health sciences free to students at the point of use.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will use case studies to promote the integration of the sciences that underpin practice in order to introduce and develop an understanding of a person centred approach to health care. It will include learning alongside students from other Faculty of Health programmes. The teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, tutorials and self-directed study. Learning will be augmented by electronic learning resources, core texts and directed study activities. Learning of anatomy will be supported by practical sessions in the Anatomical Sciences Laboratory Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for the development of their own learning by utilising a variety of means such as multi-media resources, the library, and the Anatomical Sciences Laboratory and by self-directed development of the study skills necessary to access these resources. A variety of learning activities/formative assessment tasks will be made available to students to provide feedback on the development of their knowledge and understanding throughout the module.

Preparation for scheduled sessions28
Wider reading or practice100
Total study time188



MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer questions 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Short answer questions 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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