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OCCT3031 Complex Occupational Therapy Practice

Module Overview

This is a largely practical and experiential module during which students will have opportunity to further develop and refine their understanding and use of more complex therapeutic approaches and practice skills. The module brings together the key themes of the modules; design for occupation, therapeutic engagements and partnerships; and personal / professional development from levels 4 and 5 of the programme to underpin an integrated approach to complex areas of OT practice. In this module students will choose to engage in a range of specialised occupational therapy interventions. Each option will critically debate relevant theoretical perspectives and interpretations of key aspects of therapeutic practice within this specialism whilst the emphasis on practical and experiential learning will provide the opportunity for developing advanced occupational therapy practice skills and the personal confidence and professional competence to understand and use these to work with external agencies and groups in order to put these advanced skills into practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assess the needs of individuals, groups and communities with complex therapeutic needs and identify realistic and appropriate strategies to address these.
  • Critically appraise, explain and justify their selection of therapeutic strategies and communication skills to use when working with individuals with complex needs.
  • Develop creative solutions to meet the needs of individuals, groups or communities with complex needs and construct realistic plans for implementing these.
  • Select and critically appraise appropriate professional research and literature to support and defend the selection of therapeutic techniques, approaches and modalities used in their professional practice and project work.
  • Formulate personal understandings of the contribution of theory to practice using experiences from professional practice to construct arguments to defend these.
  • Work collaboratively with peers (local and international) to devise solutions to global issues related to health and social well-being.


This is an experiential module which will afford students opportunity to continue their development as therapists with emphasis on advanced aspects of practice. • Choice of specialist options (students will complete 2 or 3 short options) out of a range offered (see attached example) • Work alongside specialists in the chosen area of practice • Practice and development of advanced skills • Personal development linked to future practice • Critical review of the evidence base

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Options will be in small groups to facilitate active engagement in all aspects of the chosen specialities • Critical review and debate of the evidence to underpin practice • Practical workshops and projects • Collaboration with external agencies or community participants • Ongoing review and evaluation

Follow-up work30
Practical classes and workshops60
Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice175
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

For resources which are required or considered useful for the module: key texts, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information. Description and/or list, with URL, library reference, etc. As this modules is based on a range of options, students will be directed towards some specific resources but as this is a level 6 module it is expected that students will develop a search strategy to support their individual learning.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Demonstration 50%
Presentation & Viva 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Demonstration 50%
Presentation & Viva 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & 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:

Books and Stationery equipment

There are no anticipated costs associated with completion of this module for students although it is acknowledged that students may wish to purchase recommended texts. Some options may also incur minimal travel costs where visits to community resources are integral to the option.

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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