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OT1011 - Introduction to Occupation and Occupational Therapy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Available to occupational therapy students only.

The purpose of this subject is to establish an understanding of the meaning and concept of occupation and to be able to apply an occupational perspective to human situations. Students will engage with the occupational therapy community and identify the foundational processes that underpin occupational therapy practice for enabling change.

Learning Outcomes

  • define and analyse occupation and apply approaches to studying and classifying the relationship to occupation and time use;
  • apply an occupational framework to understanding own experience of occupation over life span and the influence of personal and environmental factors in occupation choice and development;
  • describe the breadth and scope of occupational therapy practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, organisations and populations at an introductory level;
  • define and apply core concepts of occupational therapy practice including occupational therapy process, professional reasoning and interactions of person, environment and occupation at an introductory level.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral presentation; Written poster - (20%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; achieve at least 50% for the final examination; participate in at least 80% of scheduled workshops


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Mrs Annika Patmore, Dr Jackie Eagers
Lecturers: Mrs Karen Salata, Dr Jackie Eagers.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.