Module Details

HS153-4-PS-CO: Biopsychosocial Perspectives Of Occupation

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
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: Mrs Frances Sheppard
Teaching Staff: Nikki Wells
Contact details: Hannah Duncan, IPL 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, social and occupational science basis of occupation. It is not expected that you will have any prior knowledge of these disciplines, but those who do can build upon their existing knowledge. You will be expected to make use of your own life experiences, and illustrations relevant to occupational therapy will be made where possibleations relevant to occupational therapy will be made where possible

Learning and Teaching Methods

Teaching methods will include lectures, discussion and debate, self directed work in small groups, videos, discussion of reading material, individual guidance in tutorials and small scale practical work.
This module will require you to work in small groups of about 3 to 5 students which will include practical activities in which you may need to participate.
Biology laboratory: Use is made of a range of biologically-based equipment in order to conduct practical sessions e.g. Anatomy & Physiology Models


100 per cent Exam Mark

Other information

On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:

1. Define the key features of the different approaches and concepts within the biological, psychological, social and occupational sciences
2. Apply these approaches and concepts to an understanding of individuals within the occupational therapy context
3. Have an understanding of the bio-psychological development of individuals and change processes at key points in the life-course
4. Consider the inter-relationships of the systems of the body and their structures and functions
5. Consider some of the bio-psychosocial factors that affect the development of the individual


  • Berger P (1991) Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. (NB: A Classic text).
  • Bilton T, Bonnett K, Jones P, Lawson T, Skinner D, Stanworth M, Webster A (2002) Introductory Sociology. 4th ed. New York: Palgrave.
  • Bond J, Bond S (1994) Sociology and Health Care: An Introduction for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Giddens A (2009) Sociology. 6th ed. Cambridge: Polity
  • Jones D, Blair S, Hartery T, Jones R (1998) Sociology and Occupational Therapy: An Integrated Approach. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Marieb E (2001) Human Anatomy and Physiology. 5th ed. San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings.
  • Smith E, Nolen-Hoeksemas S, Fredrickson B (2003) Atkinson and Hilgard's Introduction to Psychology. 14th ed. Belmont CA: Wadworth/Thomson Learning.
  • Steinberg L, Morris AS (2001) Adolescent development. Annual Reviews of Psychology, 52, 83-110.
  • Unsworth CA (2010) Cognitive and perceptual strategies In: Curtin M, Molineux M, Supyk-Mellson J, eds. Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: Enabling Occupation. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 607-635.
  • Wade C, Travis C (2008) Psychology. 9th ed. Harlow: Prentice Hall.
  • Wilcock A (2006) An occupational perspective of health. 2nd ed. Thorofare

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