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OT2014 - Contextual Determinants of Occupation

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

This subject is only available to students enrolled in occupational therapy.

The purpose of this subject is to allow students to apply their knowledge of the impact of physical, social, cultural and institutional contextual elements in engagement in occupation. The subject also aims to enable students to integrate, focus and apply knowledge and skills gained across all second year occupational therapy subjects.

Learning Outcomes

  • appraise and select information gathering strategies that are appropriate to the needs and situations of individuals, groups and communities;
  • identify, evaluate and discuss the ways in which physical, social, cultural and institutional contextual factors influence engagement in occupation;
  • describe, analyse and reflect on the role of OT within various practice contexts and demonstrate competence in professional communication;
  • evaluate and design strategies that address contextual factors to address issues of occupational disruption, deprivation, alienation and injustice for individuals, groups and communities.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Group
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Professional placement performance - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical Analysis - (40%) - Individual.

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; complete and pass clinical placement tasks; participate in at least 80% of scheduled tutorials.

Prerequisites: OT2015


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Mrs Kara Morris.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hrs per week
  • 26 hours tutorials - 2 hrs per week
  • 38 hours placement
  • 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.