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HSO102 - Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:HSO101
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Unit chair:

Kieva Richards





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Stream 1 (Academic): 1 x 1 hour class plus 1 x 1 hour seminar per week; Stream 2 (Fieldwork): fieldwork comprising 1 day per week or equivalent


This level 1 unit, which comprises both academic and fieldwork streams, introduces students to occupational science and therapy. It examines the current and potential roles occupational science and therapy play in individual and population health settings. Students are encouraged to draw on personal and fieldwork experiences as a first step to understanding themselves as occupational beings and to developing appropriate learning objectives. Topics include conducting initial interviews, introduction to group work and the fundamentals of occupational performance assessments. The historical and modern perspectives of the profession will be examined in relation to psychological, sociological, anthropological and biomedical concepts. A range of practice contexts will be explored through both curriculum and fieldwork. Students will solve occupation-based case scenarios through seminars, experiential learning, fieldwork preparation and experience in the field. Through fieldwork students will participate in site visits and observation of occupational therapy programs.


Assessment task 1: Professional development portfolio 40%

Assessment task 2: Written paper (1400 words) 35%

Assessment task 3: Practical examination (consisting of three tasks) 25%


Hurdle requirement

Practical examination. Failure of the practical examination will lead to failure of the unit.

Prescribed texts

Brown, T., et al., Eds. (2017). Occupational Therapy in Australia: Professional and practice issues. NSW, Allen & Unwin

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