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HSO104 - Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy B

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:HSO101
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 comprises both academic and fieldwork streams. As such it aims to continue the development of students' knowledge in occupational science and therapy. In this unit students will work individually and in small groups to explore population and ecological health issues using occupational perspectives.


Students will employ an active research approach to better understand issues affecting the health of community groups and to consider ways in which occupational therapy seeks to promote health for all. Topics include philosophical, theoretical, and scientific concepts of occupation, health promotion, social and ecological concepts of health; action research methodology; community education; group work; occupational science concepts, needs, deprivation, alienation, adaptation, balance, environments, justice, burnout and boredom; the relationship between occupation and health; and practice contexts involving organisations and communities. Classes, seminars, issue-based learning, presentations and assignments guide project development and learning which concludes in class presentations.


Students will also participate in and observe practice in health and community organisations, developing occupational science and therapy skills and competencies. Students will be encouraged to draw on personal and fieldwork experiences to understand themselves as occupational beings and to begin the development of reflective professional practice.


Assessment task 1: Written paper (1200 words) 30%

Assessment task 2: Group e-portfolio 15%

Assessment task 3: Professional development portfolio 35%

Assessment task 4: Practical education (previously named Fieldwork) assessment 20%; SPEF-R and timesheet - Pass/Fail


Failure of a fieldwork component in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will normally lead to failure of the unit and may lead to exclusion.


Note: students must achieve a pass in both Part A HSO102 and Part B HSO104 in order to meet the prerequisite requirements of HSO202 and HSO205.

Prescribed texts

Stagnitti, K., Schoo, A., & Welch, D. (Eds.). (2010). Clinical and fieldwork placement. Oxford, Sydney.

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