Occupational performance and process

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
28 February 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module focuses on the performance of occupation, investigating how the occupational therapy process is adapted in response to professional reasoning about the experiences of people using health and social care services.

Module aims

This module will develop your thinking to a more advanced level, by focusing on the performance of occupation through micro-analysis, activity analysis and developmental theories. You will learn about relevant body structures and functions, and how these are affected by health problems such as stroke, psychosis, cerebral palsy and dementia. You will investigate how the occupational therapy process is adapted in response to different modes of reasoning, based on a critical appraisal of the experience of health and social care service users.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:

• Demonstrate a systematic understanding of factors contributing to occupational performance from physical/motor, sensory perceptual and psychosocial/psychological perspectives
• Critically evaluate the complexity of everyday activities/occupations and the demands they place on people to justify areas of importance for individual service users.
• Critically investigate how various occupational/activity analyses can be applied to professional practice

Module information

Occupational analysis is a core skill within occupational therapy and fundamentally important for understanding service users' current abilities and future needs. A deep understanding of body structures and functions is required to conduct valuable occupational analysis. This module will build on your basic knowledge of body systems and their functions from Foundations for Occupational Therapy (HS892), to enable you to apply your knowledge to the analysis of activities and occupations relevant to life stages and health problems such as stroke, psychosis, cerebral palsy and dementia. Professional reasoning will be introduced as a structure for justifying the selection of interventions informed by the analyses conducted.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: The module will combine a range of different teaching approaches, including, lectures, enquiry-based learning, tutorials, group-work, practical activities, work books, online discussion forums and self-directed study. Lectures: Key-note lectures will be online and on campus, including practising Occupational Therapist, service users and carers. Experiential workshops will be used for the analysis of occupational and critical investigation of different modes of reasoning. Enquiry based learning will be used to evaluate cases and analyse occupations relevant to the life stage and various health conditions. Independent: Small groups of students will work on a series of cases to critically analyse occupations relevant to the cases. Placement: N/A for this module. Online: Discussion forums are available on the Moodle website to be accessed by students regarding the module and its content. Students will also be required to utilise online resources to support their understanding of occupations and analyses in relation to the cases provided within the module. Tutorials: One mandatory group tutorial is offered for students to discuss the module and the assignment. Skills: Analysis of activities using task analysis, demand analysis and movement analysis.


  • Berk, Laura E. (2018) Development through the lifespan, Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
  • McMillan, Ian R.; Tyldesley, Barbara. (2012) Tyldesley & Grieve's muscles, nerves and movement in human occupation, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hersch, Gayle Ilene; Lamport, Nancy K.; Coffey, Margaret S. (c2005) Activity analysis: application to occupation, Thorofare: Slack.
  • (2015) Occupational therapy: performance, participation, and well-being, Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.
  • Mackenzie, Lynette; O'Toole, Gjyn. (2011) Occupation analysis in practice, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 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   HS893 Occupational Analysis Report (Summative)    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Nisrin Alqatarneh, email: nsmalq@essex.ac.uk.
Occupational therapy teaching team
Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Mrs Bethan Collins
The University of Liverpool
Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Dr Roshni Khatri
UNiversity of Northampton
Subject Leader
Available via Moodle
Of 480 hours, 134 (27.9%) hours available to students:
346 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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