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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 practical and theoretical knowledge across a range of interventions.

Aims and Objectives

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 and apply creative and responsive client centred interventions applied to example 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 interventions for a range of service users.
  • 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 - Professional reasoning and ethical practice - Engagement with literature and related evidence bases - Risk assessment and risk management

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 also be expected to engage in post session reading to consolidate your understanding. 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 may 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

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

Turpin, M J & Iwana, M K (2011). Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A field guide. 

D Pentland, S Kantartzis, M Giatsi Clausen & K Witemyre (2018). Occupational therapy and complexity: defining and describing practice. 

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

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

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

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

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

Molineux (2009). Occupation for Occupational Therapists. 

M Curtin, M Egan, J Adams (2018). Occupational Therapy for people experiencing Illness, Injury or impairment. 

M Law (2013). Evidence-based Rehabilitation. A guide to Practice. 



Practical assessment


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (2500 words) 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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