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HSO205 - Occupations in Childhood Development

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously coded as:HSO201
Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Tara Roberts

Prerequisite:HSO102, HSO104 (or HSO101)
Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Stream 1 (Academic): 1 x 1 hour class plus 1 x 1 hour seminar per week; Stream 2 (Fieldwork): Practice skills development comprising 1 day per week or equivalent in agency-based fieldwork or self-directed learning task.


This level 2 unit, which comprises both academic and practicum streams, addresses concepts related to occupational performance of children between birth and adolescence.

Students will study how physical, cognitive and/or social developmental disabilities/delays can impact on a child's ability to engage in meaningful occupation and acquire vital skills for future development and learning. Students will also study how these components can influence and are impacted by the child's environment and how occupational therapy can assist in developing a child's occupational performance within different contexts.

Topics to be addressed in this unit include: typical childhood development, conditions which impact on childhood development and occupation, relevant learning theories applied to occupational performance which impact on childhood occupation, relevant occupational therapy models and assessment, environmental adaptation to enhance occupational performance and family and person centred approaches to promote goal setting and intervention.

Students will address these topics through classes, seminars and team-based learning opportunities.


Assessment task 1: Small group assignment (800 words) 20%
Assessment task 2: Observation report (1000 words) 20%
Assessment task 3: Case study (1200 words) 30%
Assessment task 4: In-class seminar quizzes 10%
Assessment task 5: Practice skills assignment OR Practice education report (1000 words) 20%


Failure of agency-based fieldwork component in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will normally lead to failure of the unit and may lead to exclusion from the course.

Note: students must achieve a pass in both HSO205 and HSO206 in order to meet the prerequisite requirements of HSO303 and HSO305.

Prescribed texts

Case-Smith, J. (2010). Occupational therapy for children. 6th Ed. St. Louis: Mosby.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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