OCCTH 4005 - Enabling Change: Population Approaches A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

In this course students will shift their view beyond the occupational challenges facing individuals, to consider the ways in which occupational therapists enable change at the level of communities and populations. The course focusses on developing students? knowledge of health promotion and primary prevention strategies and how these enable or address occupational participation. Students will apply, understand and evaluate major subject themes through appraising other projects and preparing a project proposal to address a preventable health issue.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code OCCTH 4005
    Course Enabling Change: Population Approaches A
    Coordinating Unit Sch of Allied Hlth Sci & Prac
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 6 hours per week plus 48 hours placement across the Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites OCCTH 2001 and OCCTH 3002
    Restrictions Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
    Assessment Examination, assignment and continuous assessment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Caitlin Prince

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Integrate and apply knowledge of population approaches to practical/practice situations.
    2 Apply principles of project scoping to justify and design ethical health projects in consultation with external agencies.
    3 Formulate a culturally safe and occupationally focused project proposal based on population health approaches.
    4 Demonstrate and reflect on professional competencies as outlined in the SPEF-R2.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 3, 4

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    3, 4

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 2, 4

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Dwyer, J. (2019). Project Management in Health and Community Services: Getting good ideas to work (3rd ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003116899
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning in this course is supported by a blended learning model that uses a mixture of delivery modes to ensure the course materials are aligned to and facilitate student achievement of learning outcomes. Learning activities will include weekly workshops (online/hybrid options available) and developing an industry project at a partnering community site with supervision from a university tutor. Students are required to complete 48 hours of industry project placement hours. Through course content, industry project experiences and assessments, students will apply key concepts to the practice setting and produce a detailed project plan to implement in Population Approaches B (Semester 2).

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Hurdle Requirement Weighting Learning Outcome
    Project Pitch Summative


    20% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Brief Literature Review Summative No 40% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Project Proposal Summative No 40% 3, 4
    Placement Formative & Summative Yes 0% 3, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Preplacement Checklist, Placement Hours & Participation in Supervision, Revised Project Proposal (0%) Hurdle Requirement

    Students must complete a pre-placement checklist evidencing readiness for placement
    Students must complete 48 hours of placement, which will contribute to their placement hour requirement for the program (with allowance for 8 missed hours of placement due to illness or other extenuating circumstances). Students must also participate in an additional 8 hours of supervision with their university supervisor (with allowance for 1 missed supervision session due to illness or other extenuating
    Students must complete an assessment of developing competencies utilising the SPEF-R2.
    Students must complete a revised project proposal incorporating assessor’s feedback (to send to external agencies)
    Assessment Detail
    Project pitch (20%)
    In their project groups, students will plan and present a project pitch presenting the case for, and key strategies of an occupationally based project. To accompany the ‘spoken’ ‘pitch’ students will also complete a written project charter.

    Brief literature review (40%)
    Individually, students will complete a brief literature review summarising, interpreting and critically evaluating the literature to establish current knowledge of an industry-identified subject.

    Project proposal (40%) 
    In their placement groups, students will complete a project proposal in consultation with external agencies.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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