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OCCT1033 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. It explores the consequences of disrupted occupations and the transformational potential of occupation in practice.

Aims and Objectives

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 core theoretical principles that underpin occupational therapy, including occupational science, to form the foundation of reasoned professional practice
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of occupational disruption on the occupational performance of individuals, groups and communities, and the value of restoring opportunities for participation in occupation
  • Carry out an occupational analysis based on a practical experience of engagement in an unfamiliar occupation
  • Demonstrate understanding and appreciation of person-centred practice through application of the occupational therapy process to a range of case studies
  • Demonstrate awareness of the importance of taking responsibility for personal practice and continuing professional development through the use of reflection and completion of requisite preparatory pre-placement tasks


- 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 - Concepts of occupational injustice, alienation, deprivation and the importance of reconstructing/ restoring opportunities for participation - Recognition of the complexities and individual meanings attributed to engagement in occupation - Personal experience of occupational engagement - Application of theory to practical scenarios - Occupational development across the lifespan - Causes and effects of occupational disruption on individuals, groups and communities - Preparation for practice placement - Reflective practice

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will use a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, self-directed learning, and group work in order to enable you 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.

Completion of assessment task15
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Wider reading or practice36.5
Practical classes and workshops24
Follow-up work20
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

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

Turpin M, and Iwama M (2011). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A Field guide. 

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

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

Duncan E (2011). Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy. 

Watson R, and Swartz L (2004). Transformation Through Occupation. 

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

Whiteford G, and Hocking C (2011). Occupational science: Society, inclusion, participation. 

Sakellariou D and Pollard N (2017). Occupational Therapy Without Borders. 

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

Hargreaves J and Page L (2013). Reflective Practice. 

Mackenzie L, and O'Toole G (2011). Occupational Analysis in Practice. 

Standards of Proficiency: Occupational Therapists.

Mollineux M (2009). Occupation for Occupational Therapists. 


Assessment Strategy

Both summative assessments must be passed; each contribute to the total, final mark.




MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis  (1500 words) 50%
Oral presentation and a written assignment  (500 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Analysis  (1500 words) 50%
Oral presentation and a written assignment  (500 words) 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:


You are required to engage in two new occupations during the module; either creative, practical, or one outdoors. Some of these will need materials and equipment which you will be required to purchase.

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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