Therapy and Occupation

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
11 March 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B939 Occupational Therapy

Module description

This module is designed to focus specifically on the practice of occupational therapy. You will draw on previous learning and placement experiences, to further develop your understanding and skills in areas specific to occupational therapy practice.

Module aims

This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in delivering occupational therapy.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Examine the enablers and barriers when engaging service users within occupational therapy practice
2. Articulate and justify your professional reasoning within occupational therapy processes, with consideration to meaningful outcomes for service users
3. Demonstrate appropriate assessment of occupational need when planning, implementing and evaluating occupational focussed, evidence based interventions

Module information

This module runs during the autumn/spring/summer terms, directly after 'Practice Placement 2 – Initiate'. The interactive nature of the learning within this module will provide opportunities for you to apply your theoretical knowledge in developing evidence based occupational therapy skills and practice.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: Continuing with the developmental approach of the programme, within this module you will draw upon knowledge, understanding and experiences gained from previous learning and placement experiences, in order to further develop your occupational therapy practice skills. This module will provide opportunities for occupational therapists and service users to share their knowledge and experiences relating to aspects of occupational therapy. The interactive nature of this module is supported by small group work, tutorials and seminars which will form the basis of the learning methods within this module. Lectures: Occupational therapists and service users will contribute to the learning within this module in a negotiated teaching and learning style. Independent: Drawing on your previous experience of EBL, you will explore content supported by student-led small groups and individual study. Placement: Whilst this module does not include placement experience, you will draw upon experiences and learning gained on placement in order to further develop your understanding and core skills in occupational therapy. Online: Using a blended learning approach you will be expected to engage and contribute to online group activities and use of online library facilities. A module Moodle page will support your learning on this module. You will also be expected to explore and utilise the advances in technology within your occupational therapy practice. Tutorials: There will be opportunities for formative assessment tutorials however the emphasis for this module will be on developing your ability to articulate your informed thinking on specific subject areas within EBL and informal tutorial opportunities. Skills: Throughout this module, you will draw on and extend your current knowledge and transferrable skills, in order to progress your occupational therapy identity and skills.


  • Creek, Jennifer. (2014) Creek's occupational therapy and mental health, Oxford: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Turpin, Merrill; Iwama, Michael K. (c2011) Using occupational therapy models in practice: a field guide, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
  • Creek, Jennifer; College of Occupational Therapists. (2003) Occupational therapy defined as a complex intervention, London: College of Occupational Therapists.
  • Bowling, Ann. (2005) Measuring health: a review of quality of life measurement scales, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • (2017) Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association. (2014) Occupational therapy practice framework: domain & process, Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press/American Occupational Therapy Association.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   HS274 - 3000 word Report (Submission Assessment)    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Louise Andrews, email: louisea@essex.ac.uk.
Miss Selena Hammond, email: shammond@essex.ac.uk.
HSC Occupational Therapy staff, external clinicians & service users
Hannah Duncan/Jack Hickson E: ipladmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Jeannette Carol Head
Canterbury Christ Church University
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer MSc Health and Wellbeing Programme Director
Available via Moodle
Of 104 hours, 87 (83.7%) hours available to students:
17 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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