Occupational Therapy Modules

Year 3 (Trimester 1)

Play, School and Transition

OTY3002

This module addresses the common conditions for children and youth in relation to a range of developmental, mental health and neurological conditions. The module focuses on the impact on children's occupational performance and participation. It facilitates the students to learn about the theories and occupational therapy process within pediatric practice. Frames of reference for addressing issues of occupational performance and participation will be introduced along with appropriate assessment methods, interventions as well as models of service delivery. The concept of person-centred practice will be expanded into family-centred practice. It will also address the participation of children, youth and their families in relation to their home, school and community environments. Students will learn about goal setting and communicating with different stakeholders including the child, family and teachers.


Contemporary Occupational Therapy Practice with Older Adults

OTY3003

This course focuses on the theories of aging and intervention strategies specific to older adults. It expands into conditions and issues older adults face such as falls, cognitive decline / dementia, frailty, anxiety, depression and having multiple conditions. It also explores contemporary issues faced by the society in relation to the aging population, such as nursing home, care by domestic helpers. Concepts of occupational justice will be discussed in relation to some practices when working with older adults. Students will be led into looking at the efficacy of programs targeted at older adults and their caregivers, such as active aging / well-elderly program, retirement planning, fall prevention programs, caregiver support groups. The course will challenge some of pre-existing stereotypes on aging and working with Asian families with varying values such as filial piety. Theories on aging will be covered. Students will get to explore ways to work with the very old (>90s). Issues and strategies such as older adults’ interpretation and values of independence, wellness and understanding of occupation will be covered in depth, relating to the Asian literature. Students will learn about different issues to consider when working with the current older adults versus older adults in the future. This module will be closely related to the various initiatives and direction that the Singapore ministries and agencies are working on in managing the aging population.


Chronic Disease Management, Palliative Care and Occupational Performance

OTY3004

This module is designed to develop student's understanding of the impact of both physical & mental health chronic conditions, with particular focus on palliative condition on occupational performance and participation. Students will develop skills in assessment and service provision relevant to these conditions. Emphasis will be placed on service provision in the primary care, community setting including home therapy. Students will develop ability to design programs that involve self-management and lifestyle redesign to meet the needs of clients with chronic conditions. They will develop communication skills in empowering service users in collaborative generation of intervention strategies.

This module aims also aims to advance OT clinical practice and reasoning when faced with clients with complex issues, or multiple chronic conditions (e.g, obesity, arthritis and depression). Complex case studies will be presented expanding from conditions previously covered. Students will be required to develop assessment and intervention strategies to meet the needs of the client discussed. Through the process of problem based learning and other learning methodologies, students will demonstrate skills in effective communication, team work, critical analysis, reflection, self-direction and problem solving with relevance to the practice of occupational therapy.


Honours Thesis Proposal

OTY3005

This module prepares students for their honours thesis. Students enrolled in this module will develop a research proposal and submit the proposal for examination at the end of the study period. The research proposal will include the research questions or hypotheses, a critical review of the literature, proposed methodology taking into account ethical considerations, and a project plan. Students will also be equipped with basic research knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing research at honours level.


Occupational Therapy: Complex Case Management

OTY3101

This module aims to develop student knowledge and skills in working with people for whom psychosocial factors affect occupational performance. This course builds on the psychiatric and mental health foundations provided in the earlier course. Content addresses assessment and service delivery processes in psychosocial fields of adult occupational therapy, including: mental health, physical health, ageing and intellectual disability. A specific focus is on understanding the impact of psychological, social, emotional, and behavioural factors that may affect person with either physical or mental health conditions. This module requires student to relate complex cases back to occupational therapy theory while focusing on the psychosocial issues that may affect client and family. Complex case studies will be presented expanding from conditions previously covered. The principle of case management will also be covered in this module. Students are required to integrate theory with evidence based practice when working on the complex case studies. The use of local community resources will be emphasized in this module. An assignment relating to how all other modules in the trimester are linked to occupational therapy practices will be included.


Year 3 (Trimester 2)

Change Management

HSC3001

Through this module, students will develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by changes in science, technology, society and organizations. Popular narratives related to the disciplines of science and technology, such as improvements to how we do things because of technological advancements, or benefits to health because of scientific development, often frame these disciplines as both providing and based upon absolute truth, and formed through singular evolutions. Such narratives present current advancements in science and technology as unproblematic and inevitable processes of evolution. These narratives often fail to take into account alternative narratives and social, political and cultural reasons for the changes, and as such present the reader a view that is, at best, static, and at worst, prejudiced. In recent years, scholars have repeatedly demonstrated that science and technology are as fluid and malleable as the people who produce them.
Through a focus on three themes of “Social Change”, “Organizational Change” and “Individual Change”, students will develop an understanding of how change occurs, why it occurs, and what we can do to anticipate, encourage and manage change, contextualized to healthcare and social care. Students will think about and discuss a range of benefits that managing and understanding change may contribute to their lives, the organizations in which they work, and society as a whole. 

Organizational change theories, and concepts regarding resistance to change will be introduced and discussed. Students will also develop knowledge of individual change. Through exploring their individual strengths and concepts of occupational identity, students will identify individual coping mechanisms and mindsets that may be employed when dealing with change. Students will discuss the potential ways of becoming both a change recipient and agent for an organization and society.


Honours Thesis Proposal

OTY3005

This module prepares students for their honours thesis. Students enrolled in this module will develop a research proposal and submit the proposal for examination at the end of the study period. The research proposal will include the research questions or hypotheses, a critical review of the literature, proposed methodology taking into account ethical considerations, and a project plan. Students will also be equipped with basic research knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing research at honours level.


Clinical Practice Education 3a

OTY3908

The level of clinical practice education will be more advanced than in Year 2. The expectations are that students can be independent in conducting assessment and conduct part of intervention and evaluation independently towards the end of the 7 weeks.


Healthcare Design Thinking

OTY3918

Alongside this clinical education, students will be expected to complete an innovative project proposal that applies design thinking principles for improving process of health and rehabilitation services. Through observation and ethnographic research, the students will understand users more insightfully. They would subsequently explore challenges that users face and eventual identify a project within the clinical practice education. After which, they would "test" the prototype in the clinical context to collect feedback. The students will return to university for 2 hours a week to apply the Design Thinking principles in the service improvement project.


Honours Thesis

OTY4005

The aim of the module is to facilitate the students to actively participate in a research process, and in so doing understand the theoretical and practical aspects of research. The module aims to develop a solid appreciation of the value of research in clinical practice. It aims to encourage ongoing critical evaluation in clinical practice.