oct5ota occupational science




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 in occupational science and therapy. Students gain an overview of current conceptual understandings of occupation through critically analyzing and evaluating theoretical literature and research in occupational science that explores the multidimensional nature of occupation, occupational engagement 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 research questions concerning occupational engagement, health and wellbeing.

SchoolSchool Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTamara Tse

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

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSubject Learning Guide and reading materials provided onlinePrescribedTBATBA
ReadingsIntroduction to occupation: science of living (2nd edition)RecommendedChristiansen, C. and Townsend, E. (eds)PRENTICE HALL, 2010

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articulate an in-depth knowledge of differing perspectives that contribute to viewing occupation as multidimensional in nature.

Reading, reflective activities and contributions to online discussion

02. Evaluate and differentiate current theories of occupational balance and imbalance, and how they contribute to understanding participation and wellbeing.

Reading, reflective activities and contributions to online discussion

03. Critique and synthesise differing perspectives of meaning (personal, spiritual, social, cultural) in occupations and how these relate to understanding occupational choices, identity, and participation.

Reading, reflective activities and contributions to online discussion

04. Analyse and differentiate how contextual features within environments may variously contribute to meaning-making, opportunity, challenge and restricted participation in occupations.

Reading, reflective activities and contributions to online discussion

05. Identify and evaluate a range of research methodologies used to study what people do in daily life, their patterns of participation, the meaning dimension of occupation, occupational engagement and occupational balance related questions.

Research critique, presentation and peer-led online discussion

06. Demonstrate advanced skills in articulating your knowledge of occupation and its relevance for well-being through presentations and academic writing.

Contributions to online discussion, presentation and written assignments

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTamara Tse

Class requirements

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."

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


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Contributions to online discussionHurdle: one student-led online discussion2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 3,000-word written assignment7001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 500-word paper critique1002, 03, 04, 05, 06