HSO403 - Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology


2022 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)


HSO306 and one of HSO305 or HXJ305



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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

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 knowledge gained from previous units and practice education in relation to human performance, occupational analysis, and environmental contexts. The unit introduces theoretical frameworks that apply person-centred principles specifically to the assistive technology selection process. The Matching Person to Technology (MPT) framework and the Human Activity Assistive Technology (HAAT) model will be applied to a range of scenarios in order to understand factors that may contribute to assistive technology engagement or abandonment. 

This unit examines the occupational therapy role of assessment, prescription, technology selection and advocacy in relation to assistive technology. The importance of matching consumer needs with their environmental demands across all life domains and stages is emphasised. This unit emphasises a multidisciplinary approach to assistive technology selection that is informed and driven by consumer engagement. Teaching methods include case scenarios, seminars, web-based simulation resources, site visits and practical assistive technology demonstrations.

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