Occupational Therapy Modules

Year 1 (Trimester 1)

Anatomy and Physiology 1


This module, together with Anatomy and Physiology 2 (HSC1002), will equip students with a working knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The clinical relevance and the interrelationship between different body systems will be emphasized. Learning of anatomical structures will be reinforced by highlighting connections with their physiological functions. In this module, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of blood, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, integumentary system, and the musculoskeletal system. They will also gain an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the upper and lower extremities.

Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences


This module consists of two components: sociological and psychological perspectives. It is designed for students in their first year of undergraduate studies so that they are equipped with fundamental knowledge for modules in subsequent trimesters. Sociology is the study of society, relationships, and social behaviour. Students will consider key sociological concepts and research to broaden their understanding of health, illness, and healthcare as they relate to the individual, family, and society. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and the behaviour. In this module, students will attain in-depth understanding of the fundamental psychological concepts, as well as their applications to both the experimental and the clinical settings, enriching their skillset as health professionals and researchers. This module will encompass the central psychological domains: biological, behavioural, cognitive, personality, emotions, and mental health. In addition to the applied learning focus pertaining to health, this module is designed to foster critical thinking. Learning activities include viewing recorded lectures, reading textbooks, accessing e-materials and participating in synchronous seminars.

Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives


The World Health Organization (WHO)’s framework of a health system includes resource generation, stewardship, funding and provisioning. The goal of a health system is to improve health, respond to expectations and focus on fairness in financial contribution. In this module, the Singapore health system is described and analyzed within the WHO’s framework. Students will learn to appreciate how policies are developed, health needs identified and met, intersectoral collaborations needed and established, and services organized and evaluated. Through interprofessional studies, they will learn about the needs of patients and the roles of different professions in the health systems addressing those needs.

Occupational Therapy Theory and Study of Occupation


This module aims to lay the basic foundations in occupational therapy. There are two sections in the module. The first section provides an introduction and overview of concepts of the person, environment and occupation (PEO) critical to the practice of occupational therapy. The module will link between participation, engagement, occupation and well-being. It provides an introduction to occupational therapy theories. The ICF and concept of client-centred practice will be introduced.

The second section of the module focuses on the study of occupation. It aims to introduce the concept of occupation and occupation science. It aims to develop understanding of why people engage in occupation, the outcomes of occupation in society, positive and negative occupations, how occupations influences health and well-being.

Year 1 (Trimester 2)

Anatomy and Physiology 2


In this module, we’ll be building up on Anatomy and Physiology 1 (HSC1001) to provide students with the practical knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The clinical relevance and the interrelationship between different body systems will be emphasized. Learning of anatomical structures will be reinforced by highlighting connections with their physiological functions. In this module, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system, endocrine system, renal system, immune system and reproductive system. They will also gain an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, head and neck.

Research - Critical Appraisal of Literature


This module concentrates on equipping students to become well-informed consumers of the scientific literature, whilst developing an understanding of basic research methodology. The module provides training in finding, critiquing and summarising relevant literature. It also takes students through study designs and issues that affect upon a study’s validity, interpretation and applicability. The knowledge and skills acquired supports students in employing evidence-based practice in their subsequent coursework. This provides a platform for them to develop further competence in research methodology.

Occupational Performance across Lifespan


This module provides an introduction to occupational performance and exploration of human psychological and social functioning across the lifespan. The modules aim to help student explain how the typical development of an individual impacts on occupation across from conception to death. A team-based learning approach will be used for this module.

Occupational Therapy Process and Skills


This module aims to introduce the occupational therapy process. Students will learn about the stages involved in the occupational therapy process and the knowledge and skills therapists draw on to support diverse client groups from the point of referral to assessment, service provision and evaluation of outcomes. Students will learn to relate the OT models to the OT process.

The module also introduces the student to the area of activity analysis and therapeutic potential of activity. The module will focus on getting student to differentiate between occupation and activity, as well as differentiating between occupation as means and occupation as ends. Students will perform activity analysis of family members and friends in the real world setting. Students will also engage in a new activity of leisure, exploring the journey of learning and reflecting on how the activity can be used/taught therapeutically. An assignment relating to how all other modules in the trimester are linked to occupational therapy practices will be included.

The module will also prepare students in going out for the practice education and clinical practice. Issues on confidentiality and safety will be emphasised. The module will also focus on developing verbal and non-verbal communication skills, in particular the interaction between students and supervisor, as well as student and clients. Other issues such as conduct, punctuality, professional appearance will be discussed. Students will develop skills in writing reflection diary and report.

Year 1 (Trimester 3)

Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists


This module will expand on neuroanatomy taught during the anatomy and physiology modules in year 1. It will cover the structure and function of the central nervous system, from the cerebral cortex to the spinal cord, focusing on the structures and their involvement in executive function, learning and memory, sensory processing and motor control. Students will explore some of the more common neurological disorders encountered in their occupation. Clinical presentations will be linked to brain functions and neuronal systems to facilitate a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology behind these disorders.

Leisure and Community Participation


This module focuses on promoting occupational engagement and active participation in leisure activities and community independent living for individuals with different health conditions. The different types of health conditions will be explained in relation to clinical presentations, prognosis, progression and typical medical interventions. As part of the client-centered practices, a series of clinical assessment tools will be explored to better equip the students with skills in conducting occupational focused assessment related to leisure activities and community independent living. Locally available community resources will be explored in this module. Students will need to link prior knowledge of occupational therapy theory and practice to “SMART” goal setting and therapy treatment planning for people with different types of health conditions. The detailed occupational therapy interventions and relevant treatment approaches for various health conditions will be discussed with team-based learning approach in this module. Students are also required to critically appraise the research articles to determine the level of clinical evidence for the searched interventions and apply the learned knowledge to the targeted client groups in local context.

Common local community environmental hazards and improvement will be explored via group projects. Assistive devices, such as power mobility aids, that can be used to promote community participation will be introduced in this module.