Module Details

HS871-6-AP-CO: Occupational Activity And Performance

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 0
ECTS credit: 0
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Miss Selena Hammond
Teaching Staff: Selena Hammond , Mark Francis-Wright, Nikki Wells
Contact details: Hannah Duncan, Inter-professional learning administrator Tel: 01206 874496

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the biological, psychological and social science basis of occupation enabling the student to develop a critical understanding of the demands that normal activity places on people from a bio-psychosocial perspective. This paves the way for analysing where and how people may experience functional difficulties in their lives. Opportunities are provided for students to practice activity analysis which underpins occupational therapy intervention and the provision of treatment and/or solutions for identified problems. This learning will be consolidated in the first practice placement undertaken at the end of the academic component.
Indicative Content

-Kinesiology -movement and action in the human body
-Analysis of the demands made by participation in activity - physical/motor, cognitive, sensory, perceptual and psychosocial/psychological factors.
-Ergonomics of a range of activities
-Process and components of activity analysis
-Task analysis
-The cardiovascular system, including the immune system.
-The respiratory system
-Musculo-skeletal system
-The nervous system (including the central and peripheral systems)
-Theories of perception and memory
-Theories of learning -behaviourist and cognitive
-Motivation, personality and emotional development
-Social interaction non-verbal communication, conformity, obedience, leadership and groups
-The impact of the social system on patterns of social differentiation, life changes and the life-course
-Socialisation and the life-course; approaches to personal and interpersonal change

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module will combine a range of different teaching approaches, including, lectures, seminars, tutorials, group-work, practical activities, work books, online discussion forums and self-directed study.


Course is PASS/FAIL only - no marks

Other details

4000 word case study assignment including an activity analysis -50% weighting. Due week 19 Poster (30% weighting) and presentation (20% weighting) based in health. Due week 29 Practice Placement 1 -weeks 20-27


  • Christiansen C & Baum C (2004) Occupational Therapy: Performance, Participation and Wellbeing (3rd revised edition) Thorofare: Slack Inc.
  • Hersch G, Lamport N & Coffey M (2005) Activity Analysis: Application to occupation (5th edition) Thorofare, New Jersey: Slack Inc.
  • Tyldesley B & Grieve J (2002) Muscles, Nerves and Movement (3rd edition) Oxford: Blackwell Scientific
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (2002) Enabling Occupation: An Occupational Therapy Perspective Ontario, Canada: CAOT Publications
  • Christiansen C & Townsend E (2010) Introduction to Occupation: The Art and Science of Living New Jersey, USA: Prentice Hall
  • Cole M B (2005) Group Dynamics in Occupational Therapy (3rd edition) Thorofare, New Jersey: Slack Inc.
  • Creek J & Lougher (2008) Occupational Therapy and Mental Health (4th edition) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Curtin C, Molineux M & Supyk-Mellson J (2010) Occupational therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Crepeau EB & Cohn ES (2009) Willard & Spackman's Occupational Therapy (11th edition) Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  • Finlay L (2004) The Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy (3rd edition) Cheltenham: Stanley Thornes Ltd.
  • Hagedorn R (2000) Tools for Practice in Occupational Therapy Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Kramer P, Hinojosa J & Royeen C B (2003) Perspectives in Human Occupation Baltimore Maryland USA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
  • Littgens K & Hamilton N (1997) Kinesiology: Scientific Basis of Motion Boston: McGraw-Hill
  • Norkin C C & Joyce White D (2003) Measurement of Joint Motion: A guide to Goniometry (2nd edition) Philadelphia: FA Davis Co
  • Pierce D E (2003) Occupation by Design: Building Therapeutic Power Philadelphia: FA Davis Co
  • Trew M & Everett T (2005) Human Movement: An introductory Text Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone
  • Wilcock A (2006) An Occupational Perspective of Health (2nd edition) USA: Slack.
  • Wynnkapit W & Elson L M (2001) The Anatomy Colouring Book Benjamin Cummings

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