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OCCT3034 Foundations and Principles of Occupational Therapy Practice

Module Overview

This module provides a bridge between previous learning as a graduate in any discipline and occupational therapy, with its emphasis on human health and well-being. The learning will introduce you to the health, biological psycho-social and occupational sciences which inform occupational therapy practice. You will be introduced throughout the module to occupational analysis and reflective practice

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The main aims of this module are to introduce you to the profession of Occupational Therapy within the context and scope of current practice. Alongside developing and or enhancing your knowledge of the natural and life sciences which inform modern occupational therapy practice you will be introduced to key theories that underpin occupational therapy practice including Occupational Science. This module will, along side an Introduction to Professional Practice, start to prepare your for your practice placements and provide a transition for subsequent study at L7 and the requirement and demands of independent learning.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of bio-psycho-social health science related to normal human occupation and function and the relevance to occupational therapy practice
  • An enhanced knowledge of relevant foundations sciences which impact on disability, disease and occupational functioning
  • Develop or enhance knowledge of biomechanics and anthropomorphic data relevant to occupational therapy
  • Work in groups to acquire, analyse, apply and disseminate knowledge using effective communication skills. To reflect on your learning through the use of guided discovery and acquire the skills for independent learning
  • Define professional identity, standards of practice and current legislation which impact on professional practice
  • You will have engaged in at least one new occupation and have engaged with both occupational analysis and personal reflection in relation to the task and performance components of the occupation


The content of this module will include the following topics A foundation in relevant human anatomy and physiology in function and dysfunction A foundation in key aspects pharmacology such as pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics with examples of commonly used drugs Mechanisms of pain physiology within the wider context of pain theory and the subjective nature of painful experiences An understanding of analysis and assessment techniques and how these could be used in clinical practice An understanding of occupational science, occupational analysis and models of occupational therapy practice An understanding of how therapeutic intervention can cause structural and physiological changes in the human body An understanding of group dynamics and use of group for learning Refinement of study skills to promote independent and collaborative learning Development of literary skills to access information from written & electronic sources

Special Features

Access to Human Anatomy laboratories Engagement in a new occupation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

May include: Lectures Practical Anatomy Classes Small tutorial groups Clinical skills labs Inquiry seminars Self-directed learning Elaboration on prior learning

Independent Study157.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Crouch R & Alders V (2014). Occupational Therapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health. 

American Medical Association (AMA) Atlas of the body.

Creek J (2003). Occupational Therapy Defined as a Complex Intervention. 

Waugh, A & Grant A (2014). Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness. 

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2006) Human body and mind.



MethodPercentage contribution
Professional conversation  (30 minutes) 50%
Timed and unseen Extended Matched Questions (EMQ) and short answer examination  (2 hours) 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:

Lab Coats

Lab coats for dissecting room

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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