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OCCT1032 Design for Occupation 1

Module Overview

In this introductory module, you will discover how to investigate design features that impact upon occupation, health and wellbeing for individuals and populations. You will have the opportunity to develop and apply existing skills from other level 4 modules. You will utilise acquired knowledge of other appropriate disciplines to understand their contribution to design, plus the subsequent impact or design on occupational engagement and performance for individuals and populations You will use a variety of tools to analyse design to enable you to make recommendations for change to increase potential for occupational engagement and performance for individuals and populations.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To develop your occupational analysis skills learnt in other modules and begin to add ergonomic/human factors approaches to the analysis of environments/systems/artefacts and their effects on human performance and occupational engagement.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise and describe the impact of design on occupational performance using basic analysis tools and reflection on personal experience of an environment system or artefact.
  • Understand and use language from different disciplines in order to describe design features and their impact on occupational engagement for individuals and populations
  • Work constructively with colleagues, providing non-judgemental feedback and peer review to support each other's development of analysis skills
  • Engage with outside statutory and voluntary agencies in order to understand a variety of perceptions of design enablers and barriers for different user groups
  • Identify the importance of design to support occupational performance within professional practice
  • Complete a summative analysis to demonstrate how a given piece of design affects and influences your own personal meaning and occupational performance

Syllabus

- Introduction to design and ergonomics/human factors principles with application to occupational therapy practice - Engagement with outside agencies to explore design of systems and their impacts on human engagement and performance - Practical analysis of environments/systems/artefacts to identify enablers and barriers to engagement and performance for a) The general population b) People with specified conditions/pathologies - Group based tasks to enable development of team working in preparation for year 2 design projects

Special Features

This module introduces you to the concept of design, both within and outside the home and how this may impact on occupational engagement for individuals and populations, with and without specified abilities/limitations It explores the wider issues of work, travel and vehicle adaptation, the therapeutic value of engagement with animals and the natural environment and the beginnings of systems analysis, in preparation for your year 2 design projects. The module also begins to address the issues of sustainable practice and sustainability within design. This module has very close links with the following modules in year 1 - Personal and Professional Development - Health Sciences - Principles of OT Practice - Therapeutic Engagements This module provides the baseline for further development of Design principles and analysis in year 2. In year 2 you will work in groups using a participative design approach with outside agencies to design systems/environments/artefacts to enhance occupational engagement/performance for service users.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module will encompass a range of teaching and learning methods, including: - classroom based lectures - workshops - directed independent learning - group tasks - external visits

TypeHours
Independent Study154.5
Teaching33
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

S Pheasant (2006). Bodyspace: anthropometry, ergonomics and the design of work. 

Principles of Inclusive Design.

G Salvendy (Ed) (2012). Handbook of human factors and ergonomics. 

Design Council Inclusive Design.

F Stein (2006). Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics: applying ergonomic principles to everyday occupation in the home and at work. 

K Jacobs (2008). Ergonomics for Therapists. 

T Sumsion (2006). Client Centred Practice in Occupational Therapy: a guide to implementation. 

Journals available in library and on line. The Journal of Occupational Therapy Ergonomics Applied Ergonomics

KHE Kromer (2008). Fitting the Task to the Human. 

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design: Royal College of Art.

W Karwowski, MM Soares, NA Stanton (Eds) (2011). Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design. 

Assessment

Formative

Essay proposal

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1500 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (1500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

Costs

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:

Field Trips

There will be some minimal travel costs attributed to arranged visits. You will be encouraged to car share or use public transport in this case.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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