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OCCT2033 Applied Occupational Therapy Practice - Physical

Module Overview

This largely practical module will develop your ability to apply, link and appraise the theoretical and practical concepts that underpin occupational therapy for physical conditions to a range of case studies. These will reflect the diversity of current OT practice. The module will provide you with opportunities for engagement with current practitioners from various fields of physical intervention. You will: - Use a range of case studies to appraise literature, evidence and practice. - Engage in experiential learning to develop depth of understanding of the diversity of current occupational therapy practice. - Use role play to apply theoretical knowledge across a range of interventions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To enable you to develop practical and theoretical skills learnt at level 4 and apply these to case focused learning at level 5.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select, justify and evaluate assessment methods appropriate to the allocated case studies and demonstrate competence in their practical use.
  • Appraise the evidence base to develop and justify creative and responsive client centred interventions applied to specific case studies.
  • Identify sensitive and relevant evaluation methods in order to chart progress and review outcomes of OT intervention in order to create realistic future plans.
  • Recognise and understand the changing role of OT within the contexts of current health, social care, private and voluntary settings and discuss implications in practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of risk assessment and risk management applied to selected case studies.
  • Confidently implement and manage self-directed learning and critically reflect on learning opportunities within the module in preparation for application to other modules and placements at level 5.


Topics covered are: - Current contexts of OT practice in physical domains - Client centred practice - Application of current models, approaches and frames of reference, occupational analysis, grading and adaptation - Development and adaptation of intervention strategies appropriate to clients with a range of problems - Practical application of occupation focussed assessments and interventions - Clinical reasoning and ethical practice - Engagement with literature and related evidence bases - Risk assessment and risk management

Special Features

This module enables you to develop in depth, your understanding of physical conditions which impact on human performance and occupational engagement. Where appropriate you will engage with people who have lived experience of conditions. The module will be largely practical and you will be expected to develop your understanding of theoretical principles related to the practical subjects through directed study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will engage in pre-session reading and research which will form the baseline for workshops/seminars on applied OT principles and practice across the lifespan. and across a range of physical conditions/diagnoses. You will have opportunity for practical skill development and appraisal of evidence to support decision making, in preparation for practice placements and future professional practice. Other methods of learning will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and collaborative peer learning tasks.

Practical classes and workshops40
Independent Study117.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

AA Wilcock, C Hocking (2015). An Occupational Perspective of Health. 

M Curtin, M Molineux, J Supyk (Eds) (2010). Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction; Enabling Occupation. 

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

P Kramer, J Hinojosa CBrasic Royeen (2003). Perspectives in Human Occupation: Participation in Life. 

Molineux (2009). Occupation for Occupational Therapists. 

L MacKenzie and G O'Toole (Eds) (2011). Occupational Analysis in Practice. 

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



Practical assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) 100%


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:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

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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