Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

SchoolAllied Heath, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTamara Tse

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

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

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Introduction to occupation: The art and science of living

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorChristiansen, C. and Townsend, E.


Edition/Volume2nd edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Articulate an in-depth knowledge of differing perspectives that contribute to viewing occupation as multidimensional in nature.
02. Evaluate and differentiate current theories of occupational balance and imbalance, and how they contribute to understanding participation and wellbeing.
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.
04. Analyse and differentiate how contextual features within environments may variously contribute to meaning-making, opportunity, challenge and restricted participation in occupations.
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.
06. Demonstrate advanced skills in articulating your knowledge of occupation and its relevance for well-being through presentations and academic writing.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTamara Tse

Class requirements

Directed ReadingWeek: 0 - 0
Six 5.00 h directed reading per study period from week 0 to week 0 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 ClassWeek: 0 - 0
Six 1.00 h scheduled online class per study period from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Delivered via web conferencing tool (Zoom).


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Contributions to online discussion Hurdle: one student-led online discussionN/AN/AN/AYes20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
one 3,000-word written assignmentN/AN/AN/ANo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
one 500-word paper critiqueN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6