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HSO403 - Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology

Unit details

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

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Unit chair:

Pearse Fay

Prerequisite:HSO305, HSO306
Corequisite:HSO401 or HSO411
Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour seminar plus 1 x 4 hour practical session/site visit per week


This unit is taught intensively for 5 weeks.


This unit focuses on the application of assistive technology as a performance facilitator to enhance people's occupational and social lives. This unit builds on previous learning related to human performance and competencies developed within occupational science and person-centred assessments gained through fieldwork. The unit applies two specifically designed theoretical frameworks that apply person-centred principles to assistive technology prescription. The Matching Person to Technology (MPT) and Human Activity Assistive Technology (HAAT) frameworks will be applied to dig deeply into some complex consumer scenarios to understand the factors that enhance assistive technology engagement (and adaptive strategies) and to understand the issues surrounding technology abandonment. This unit situates the occupational therapy role of assessment, prescription, technology selection and advocacy in the process of matching consumer needs with their environmental demands across all life domains. The design of this unit is based on a multidisciplinary approach informed by a consumer-directed engagement with assistive technology that enables a person's occupational and community participation. Teaching methods will include case scenario seminars, resource sessions, web-based resources, site visits, practical assistive technology demonstrations and skill and competency development.


Assessment task 1: Resource evaluation (1000 words) 30%

Assessment task 2: Group presentation 30%

Assessment task 3: Case study (2000 words) 40%

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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