Developing Professional Skills: Therapy and Occupation

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
31 May 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B939 Occupational Therapy

Module description

This module is designed to focus specifically on the practice and skills required for occupational therapy. You will draw on previous learning and undertake two practice placements, to further develop your understanding and apply skills in areas specific to occupational therapy practice.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To develop your knowledge and skills in practising occupational therapy. 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.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate sources of knowledge, evidence and information for practice in a specific setting (PP- Initiate). 

  2. Use critical reflection and professional reasoning to guide the occupational therapy process and develop own practice for the benefit of service users, carers and the service as a whole (PP- Initiate).

  3. Select apply and evaluate appropriate actions to initiate occupational therapy in a specific setting (PP- Initiate).

  4. Select and analyse appropriate methods to identify occupational strengths and needs, using activity analysis, observation, communication skills to examine occupational abilities and barriers (skills portfolio).

  5. Assess, prescribe, and facilitate use of equipment, assistive technology, and environmental adaptations to enhance occupational function (skills portfolio). 

  6. Critically analyse the setting for occupational therapy from a range of relevant perspectives (PP-Lead).

  7. Critically appraise and evaluate the scope for evidence-based practice (PP-Lead).

  8. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership for service improvement (PP-Lead).

Module information

Module content:

Online and practical mandatory requirements for placement
CPD Portfolio development and reflective practice
Placement debriefing
The processes of occupational therapy
The value of occupational therapy to service users and their significant others
Assessing occupational need
Theory guiding practice
Inclusive goal setting for meaningful outcomes
Occupational focussed, evidence-based interventions
Assuring quality in service delivery
Equipment and environmental adaptation provision

Learning and teaching methods

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 practice placements, simulation/practical skills training and small group work, tutorials and seminars which will form the basis of the learning methods within this module.

Occupational therapists and service users will contribute to the learning within this module in a negotiated teaching and learning style.

Drawing on your previous module experiences, you will explore content supported by student-led small groups and individual study.

You will draw upon experiences and learning gained on placement in order to further develop your understanding and core skills in occupational therapy.

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.

There will be opportunities for formative assessment tutorials.

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.


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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Final Mark      
Coursework   Skills Portfolio     
Practical   Practice Placement Initiate PP2     
Practical   Practice Placement Lead PP3     

Additional coursework information

Practice Placement – Initiate (6 weeks)
Practice Placement – Lead (8 weeks)
Skills Portfolio

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Amie Mellersh-Tett, email: amie.mellersh-tett@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 60 hours, 30 (50%) hours available to students:
30 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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