Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students will develop advanced knowledge of theoretical and research literatures that inform current understandings of the multidimensional nature of occupation. Students gain an overview of current conceptual understandings of occupation through critically analysing and evaluating literature and research in occupational science that explores the multidimensional nature of occupation and its relationships with health and wellbeing. Students will review literature related to understanding occupational engagement in childhood, adulthood, or older adulthood; and to reflect on its applicability in occupational therapy. Students will also have opportunities to work together to evaluate a range of methodologies used to investigate relevant research questions.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEllie Fossey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must have completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent. Subject offered contingent upon sufficient enrolments. Subject offered alternative years contingent upon sufficient enrolments.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnit ManualPrescribedN/AN/A
ReadingsIntroduction to occupation: science of living (2nd edition)RecommendedChristiansen, C. and Townsend, E. (eds)PRENTICE HALL, 2010

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2014, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEllie Fossey

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
Six 1.0 hours scheduled online class per study period and delivered via online.
"Delivered via web conferencing tool (Collaborate)."

Directed Reading
Six 5.0 hours directed reading per study period and delivered via online.
"6 x online study modules comprising reading and participation in facilitated discussion forums. Equivalent to 30 hours of class based activities."


Assessment elementComments%
Contributions to online discussion20
one 3,000-word written assignment70
one 500-word paper critiqueHurdle: one student-led online discussion.10