HSO102 - Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A


2022 unit information

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

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





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Class (1 hour) and Seminars (1 hour) will be run on campus. Please note that classes and seminars will be recorded however they are not video recorded. Additionall, the seminars often involve small group work so the audio recordings may not be easily understood. 

Practice Education classes will be on-campus (Wednesdays and Thursdays) in the OT lab (D4.360) . Each session will be 3 hours in length (8 am OR 11 am OR 2 pm). You must attend during your allocated sessions. This time frame will be in addition to the independent preparation that is required prior to attending the on-campus sessions. These sessions will alternate with site visits and will run over the course of weeks 1-11. Site Visits may be virtual or in-person (at the agency or on campus). The site visit scheduled has not yet been confirmed. You must accumulate a total of 8 - 10 hours of site visits in addition to the practice education class times and the practical exam time. Collectively, your total practice education time contributes to the 1000 hours required to become an occupational therapist. 

Site Visits have a 90% attendance requirement is expected for both practice education classes and site visits. A medical certificate does not make up for missed time. If you have any questions about this, please speak to the unit chair. 

A schedule will be provided to you on CloudDeakin as soon as possible. 

There are three practical exams. One will be held on campus and the other two online. You will need to ensure that you are available for both dates as listed in the assessment information. Every effort will be made to schedule your practical exam during your allocated practice education timeslot - however, sometimes this is not feasible. Please note all days in your calendar. 


Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


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, practice education preparation and experience in the field. Through practice education students will participate in site visits and observation of occupational therapy programs.

Hurdle requirement

  • Must complete all practice education requirements (90% placement attendance).
  • Must pass Assessment Task 3.

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