Occupational Therapy Modules

Year 1 (Trimester 3)

Clinical Practice Education 1

OTY1905

This module aims to offer practical preparation for learning within the fieldwork setting. Students will spend some hours in the community such as child-care, after school-care, senior activities center, nursing home with the objective to observe typical developing children or older adults’ function and use time. Students may get opportunity to observe occupational therapy in action in some of these settings. This module is linked to concepts of time use, life stages, and activity analysis; which are concepts that students have picked up over the first two trimester. Students will return to class once a week for two hours to discuss what they have learnt.


Year 2 (Trimester 1)

Daily Living Skills

OTY2002

The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to help people with different conditions engage and participate in activities of daily living. The module covers assessments and evidence based interventions for conditions encountered by occupational therapists that impact on daily living. Students will explore the clinical presentations, progression, and prognosis of medical and surgical conditions that will affect one’s ability to perform daily living skills. Students will learn comprehensive assessment and intervention skills in biomechanical, sensorimotor, cognitive and psychosocial performance components that will facilitate engagement and participation. Team-based learning and flipped classroom will be used in this module. Case studies ensure students will synthesise the knowledge and skills, and apply this effectively.


Application of Clinical and Social Psychology in Occupational Therapy

OTY2003

Clinical psychology is a specialized field of applied psychological science concerned with the diagnosis, etiology, assessment and treatment of mental health disorders. The aim of the module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key clinical psychology areas within the mental health setting and equip them with the necessary skillset required for mental health professionals. Specifically, the module will encompass: diagnostic classification and assessment of mental health disorders, differential diagnosis of prevalent psychiatric disorders, major psychological treatment approaches, as well as essential treatment techniques. In the application to occupational therapy, particular emphasis will be placed on the recovery movement and psychiatric rehabilitation principles.


Occupational Therapy Intervention and Clinical Reasoning

OTY2101

Through this module, students will further understand and evaluate conceptual and practice models which underpins the philosophy and practice of occupational therapy. It builds up on the OT theoretical models learnt in Year 1. The module will facilitate students to evaluate the application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills of occupational therapy intervention. Students will also be introduced to the concept of clinical reasoning and therapeutic use of self. Occupational-based assessment tools will be introduced. Frames of references (FOR) will be related to OT models, alongside linking in with FOR introduced in other modules in this trimester. An assignment relating to how all other modules in the trimester are linked to occupational therapy practices will be included.


Year 2 (Trimester 2)

Research - Methods and Statistics

HSC2002

More advance research methodologies will be introduced in the module. There will be introduction to a range of statistical methods for health scientists including regression and analysis of variance. The students will be introduced to more complex forms of study designs (e.g. mixed methods design), will be taught how to relate skills of critical appraisal to statistical analysis.


Work and Productivity

OTY2006

The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to help people with different conditions regain work and productive occupations. The module covers assessments and evidence based interventions for conditions encountered by occupational therapists that impact on productive occupations. Students will explore the clinical presentations, progression, prognosis and typical medical and surgical interventions that impact on ability to work. Students will learn technical assessment and intervention skills in biomechanical, sensorimotor, cognitive and psychosocial performance components that will facilitate achieving of productive occupations. Students will also gain assessment and intervention skills related to ergonomics and occupational health to ensure effective environmental adaptation for work and prevent work related injuries. Team-based learning and flipped classroom will be used in this module. Case studies ensure students will synthesise the multiple domain knowledge to manage effective productive occupations.


Professional Development and Handling Skills

OTY2009

The module prepares students for the block of longer clinical practice education. It covers several aspects including communication skills, moving and handling and documentation. In the communication aspects, it focuses on developing communication skills for the work environment. It aims to facilitate students' awareness of communication in therapeutic contexts and in group situations. It emphasizes communication skills needed to establish a person-centered practice. Communication issues and strategies needed for working with a variety of clients, such as limited language, emotional, service users who are upset and concerned family members will be explored. Verbal and non-verbal communication when working in an inter-professional team will be emphasized. Communication skills required for conflict management and negotiation will be discussed and practised. This module will also prepare students for the first long block of clinical education. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) course and mask fitting will occur in the early part of this module to prepare students for clinical placement. The module will also cover in-depth communicating with fieldwork supervisor. Documentation as a form of professional communication will also be covered in this module.

In the moving and handling aspect, this module will introduce fundamental principles of mobility and ergonomics. Current ergonomic methods and techniques commonly used by occupational health and safety professionals will be taught. Students will be guided to apply ergonomics principles to their professional practice of occupational therapy. Theory and practice of manual handling and risk assessment will be introduced. Principles from theories, such as NDT will be drawn upon when learning moving and handling techniques for patients with neurological conditions. The course will promote safe handling techniques with an emphasis on safety issues with regards to self and others. Students will also be introduced into principles of seating and wheeled mobility. Simulated labs or ward environments may be used to prepare students for the clinical environment, highlighting common medical equipment in the ward, monitoring of clinical/vital signs and interaction with patients who are connected to devices (e.g., IV lines, catheters, feeding tubes).


Occupational Therapy Group Interventions

OTY2105

This module builds upon the study of occupation, applying principles to working with person with disability. Students will learn about group theories and skills. Relating to the client groups that will be covered in this trimester (e.g. person with mental health condition), students are to integrate OT theory and practice to design various types of group work that support performance. Students will advance in their skills of activity analysis and grading, be able to describe the activity demands of various occupations or activities while interpreting the context of various occupations or activities. Adult learning principles will be covered in this module, with the aim to develop student’s ability to teach, train or coach caregivers. Client-centred and family-centred practice will be reinforced in the module. An assignment relating to how all other modules in the trimester are linked to occupational therapy practices will be included.


Year 2 (Trimester 3)

Clinical Practice Education 2

OTY2909

In addition to the clinical education, students will return half day a week to emphasize the importance of both concrete experience and critical reflection in developing competence as an occupational therapist. To facilitate learning and understanding based on their clinical education experiences, students will be required to use assessment, case presentation and reflection. The students will be required to do a project based on a selected client, integrating daily living skills, leisure and community participation as well as work and productivity, i.e. the previous modules covered in the first two trimester of Year 2.


Year 3 (Trimester 1)

Clinical Practice Education 2

OTY2909

In addition to the clinical education, students will return half day a week to emphasize the importance of both concrete experience and critical reflection in developing competence as an occupational therapist. To facilitate learning and understanding based on their clinical education experiences, students will be required to use assessment, case presentation and reflection. The students will be required to do a project based on a selected client, integrating daily living skills, leisure and community participation as well as work and productivity, i.e. the previous modules covered in the first two trimester of Year 2.