OT0705 - Enabling Participation Through Occupation (with Placement B)

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What will I learn on this module?

You will use your developing understanding of human occupation to further understand how Occupational Therapists enable the occupational performance and participation of others. Occupational Therapists use a wide range of knowledge and practice skills to identify and assess occupational needs and to enable people to participate and engage in everyday occupations. By the end of this module, you will further develop your understanding of why people experience difficulty engaging in everyday occupations and develop practice skills which enable Occupational Therapists to positively influence participation in occupation.

The core skills of an Occupational Therapist link to how they select, analyse, adapt and utilise occupations to promote occupational engagement, health and wellbeing. Throughout this module you will be provided with opportunities to learn and practice these skills and apply them to a range of authentic case studies and practice contexts. Examples include skills and techniques to assess individuals, occupations and environments, and using a range of activities and occupations within therapeutic contexts. You will also develop and critically reflect upon skills used within therapeutic interactions such as motivating others, collaborative goal-setting and working towards behaviour change. Alongside this, and integrated with opportunities to learn profession-specific Occupational Therapy skills, you will also develop wider professional skills including skills in risk assessment, record keeping and collaborative working.

Your university learning will be consolidated and developed by a period of practice placement during this module. Module sessions will help you to understand the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures, e-lectures and directed learning will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts. Seminars will also be utilised to explore how a range of professional knowledge (such as research evidence, professional guidelines and legislation) informs how an Occupational Therapist applies their skills. However, as the focus of the module is on the development of practical skills, practical and experiential sessions and workshops will be utilised extensively for students to learn, practice and reflect upon their skills. Sessions facilitated by external lecturers, practicing as Occupational Therapists or using Occupational Therapy skills within current roles, will also form an important part of this module alongside learning from the experience of service users where appropriate. You will also learn alongside BSc Occupational Therapy students where this is relevant to your learning.

Simulation, a particular type of practical learning which focuses on replicating the thinking and skills required in close-to-life scenarios and environments will also be utilised within this module. Some sessions will also utilise live-capture technology to enable students to review and reflect upon their decision-making and practical skills within identified scenarios.

Practice Placement will also be an integral part of learning on this module where you will engage with an identified practice area and work alongside a qualified Occupational Therapist who will act as your practice educator to facilitate your learning. Tutorial sessions will also form part of your module learning, specifically to support you with the placement process. Tutorial sessions may be in the form of individual or small group tutorials, in university or in practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The identified module tutor, alongside the module teaching team, will structure learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module handbook, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your academic development.

A formative assessment opportunity with staff and/or peer feedback will assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be an integral part of the module.

You will also have an identified practice educator (a qualified Occupational Therapist) who will facilitate and support your learning in practice. In addition, you will be supported to identify and access other professionals and disciplines available in the particular practice area. At key points before, during and after placement, academic staff will assist you to link placement learning to your module learning and to your wider professional development.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Analyse core Occupational Therapy practice skills and their application to a range of practice contexts
2. Apply a range of professional knowledge to safe and effective occupational therapy practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Utilise and appraise a range of professional skills by meeting identified placement competencies
4. Develop skills in activity and occupational analysis to select, adapt and grade activities
5. Develop communication and collaboration skills in order work in partnership with a range of individuals, groups and service-providers.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

6. Demonstrate respect for individual differences in relation to occupational participation

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Group formative assessment will be integrated throughout the module in the form of a range of simulated learning experiences with peer and tutor feedback (MLO 5)

Each individual will also have a formative assessment where they will facilitate a short intervention for an individual within an identified scenario with an opportunity for tutor feedback. This will directly link to the module summative assessment. (MLO 1,2,3)

Ongoing formative assessment on practice placement where strengths and areas for development are identified. This will be supported through regular supervision meetings between the student and the practice educator and will be summarised during a mid-point contact with an academic tutor. (All MLOs)

Summative assessment:

Part A: Practice Placement (all module learning outcomes)

Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis in line with specified competencies. You will receive written feedback from your practice educator regarding strengths and areas for development. Placement must be passed in order to pass this module.

Part B: Assessment of Professional Reasoning Skills (MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)

With reference to the formative practical intervention, a viva will be utilised to explore professional reasoning and decision-making.

Individual written feedback will be provided following the summative assessment highlighting strengths and areas for development.


Human Occupation (with Placement A)



Module abstract

The skill of breaking down activities and occupations in order to understand how they are patterned and performed, and then modify and adapt them to promote and maximise engagement is essential to Occupational Therapy practice and will be learnt, practiced and applied throughout this module. Alongside developing core occupational therapy skills, students will be required to integrate and practice wider professional skills, for example risk assessment, record keeping, delegation and communication.

Teaching and learning will mainly focus on practical, experiential and simulated learning. An individual formative assessment will provide an opportunity for each student to demonstrate practical skills and will lead in to the summative assessment for the module. The summative assessment will refer to the same scenario and students will be required to discuss and justify their professional reasoning, and the development of their practical skills within a viva.

The module will also include a period of practice placement to link theoretical knowledge to the practice of occupational therapy. As you will be guided by professional and regulatory body requirements for student occupational therapists, practice placement is a fundamental part of preparing you for your own future professional employment. Hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020 or January 2021

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