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RH5206 - Assistive Technology Strategies to enable Personal Autonomy

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

Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology at an Australian University or hold an equivalent international entry level qualification in one of these professions.

This subject will introduce students to the practice of assistive technology provision using several inter-professional models/frameworks. Students will gain skills in product evaluation, as well as learning how to match a persons' multi-faceted needs with available technology in order to facilitate personal autonomy and participation in wider society.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically evaluate the various assistive technology provision models/frameworks and in particular the roles of the various other health professionals and services involved;
  • critically examine the factors that are known to influence assistive technology uptake by clients;
  • critically evaluate an assistive technology item regarding its design, accessibility and usability for a specified client;
  • critically analyse the personal, technology and environmental factors relevant to the successful acquisition and use of technology for a specified client;
  • create appropriate assistive technology recommendations (including training, service delivery and on-going support) using a selected provision model/framework for a particular client.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Case report 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Podcast - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; achieve all satisfactory/pass criteria for every assessment.

To enrol in this subject students will require the knowledge and skills commensurate with completion of an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech Pathology.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Trish Wielandt, Dr Moira Smith, Mrs Susan Melchert
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Trish Wielandt, Mr Brock Cook.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours online activity - Integrated online and work-based learning activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.