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OT2015 - Physical and Cognitive-neurological Determinants of Occupation

Credit points: 6
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Available to occupational therapy students only. Students must have completed all level 1 prerequisite subjects.

This subject will provide students with a thorough understanding of the physical and cognitive-neurological factors of human performance and how they influence engagement in occupation. The role of occupational therapists in empowering engagement in occupation through addressing physical and cognitive-neurological factors through assessment, and enabling strategies will be the focus of this subject. This subject draws on first year Occupational Therapy, Anatomy, Physiology and Life Span Development. The purpose of this subject is for students to develop professional skills and competencies in assessment, measurement, intervention planning and implementation of enabling strategies to address physical and cognitive-neurological factors which impact on engagement in occupation.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply anatomy and physiology knowledge to the analysis of physical and cognitive-neurological factors impacting on engagement in occupation;
  • apply knowledge of life span development to the analysis of physical and cognitive-neurological factors impacting on engagement in occupation;
  • demonstrate competence in measurement, assessment and analysis of physical and cognitive-neurological factors impacting on engagement in occupation;
  • identify and apply appropriate enabling strategies to address issues of physical and cognitive-neurological dysfunction through the use of evidence based practice;
  • demonstrate competence in professional behaviour, thinking and documentation relating to the physical and cognitive-neurological determinates of occupation.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Client report 1 - (25%) - Individual
  • Oral > Viva - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (15%) - 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; participate in at least 80% of scheduled workshops.

Prerequisites: BM1031 AND BM1032 AND HS1003 AND HS1401 AND (OT1011 OR OT1001) AND (OT1012 OR OT1005) AND RH1002 AND RH1004


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Mrs Louise Myles, Ms Katie Headrick
Lecturers: Mrs Louise Myles, Ms Elizabeth Meechan, Miss Grace James.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 6 hours lectures
  • 42 hours online activity
  • 78 hours specialised - 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.