Module title: Occupational Therapy Approaches to Assessing Human Performance

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11105
Module leader: Kirstin James
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Innovation for Practice


2019/0, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kirstin James
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a blend of online reading and preparation activities using a virtual learning environment (VLE) (‘Moodle’), seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and group workshops. The module will be delivered across 11 weeks of learning with your Summative Assessment due in Week 44.

Online materials accessed through the VLE will supplement your classroom-based learning activities and your core knowledge of the theoretical aspects of LOs 1-6. Guided online preparation activities will guide you towards further reading and key instructional information, which can then be clarified and debated in the classroom in order to draw out some of the complexities of the core concepts and knowledge addressed in this module (LOs 1-6).

During classroom tutorials and seminars, your learning will be structured and organised around the core concepts of assessment methods and how they relate to theoretical models of Occupational Therapy (LOs 1-4). Practical sessions and group workshops will develop your critical decision-making and knowledge of the use of assessment methods, their selection, validity, reliability, application and purpose, as well as how to critically engage with outcome measurement (LOs 3 and 4). Practical sessions will also critically engage you with the uses of equipment, devices, technology and other resources within Occupational Therapy and how this relates to inclusion and participation (LO5). Practical sessions will build on your knowledge of ‘Moving and Handling’ so you can further develop your knowledge and practice of it in relation to Occupational Therapy (LO6). (Moving and Handling is included in your Practice Placement Preparation Module.)

Formative Assessment:
Formative Assessment will be by oral presentation of portfolios to groups of peers in Week 42. It will include peer-to-peer and Lecturer feedback.

Summative Assessment:
Portfolio of work of no more than 3500 words

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 10
Face To Face Tutorial 30
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 120
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 44 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module facilitates a critical understanding of the theory and practice of the assessment of human performance in Occupational Therapy. During the module, you will develop your learning, critical thinking, and critical analysis skills in relation to methods of undertaking and evaluating assessment in its broadest terms in relation to Occupational Therapy. You will also develop your critical understanding of how assessment relates to theoretical models of Occupational Therapy
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components:
Occupational therapy specific models, related outcomes measures/methods, and the principles of assessment.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
Occupational therapy clinical reasoning and decision-making processes as applied to assessment and its related constructs
The issues of validity and reliability of assessment tools.
Systematic assessment using standardised and non-standardised tests and assessments.
Models and Outcome measures and their application in occupational therapy in relation to two major common conditions, specifically, cardio-vascular accident (‘stroke’) and dementia.
Evaluation of environmental resources to facilitate inclusion
Implementation of environmental change to facilitate participation and inclusion
The Human Rights Act in relation to inclusion and participation.
Introduction to assistive devices, equipment and technology.
Introduction to moving and handling methods

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply knowledge of the principles of information gathering, assessment and outcome measurement in Occupational Therapy, reflecting on the clinical reasoning and decision-making processes in light of this assessment while recognising the limits to Occupational Therapy practice and when to refer on.
LO2: Critique key Occupational Therapy models in relation to practice and the best interests of service users. These will include, but are not limited to: The Model of Human Occupation (MOHO)/The Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement (CMOP-E)/Person–Environment–Occupational Performance (PEOP) model.
LO3: Select, justify, adapt and apply appropriate standardised and non-standardised assessment and outcome measures/methods and tools, while considering their validity and reliability, in order to identify occupational performance needs.
LO4: Apply and analyse assessment and outcome measures/methods and understand their application in Occupational Therapy and with service users in light of health, social care, employment or learning needs.
LO5: Evaluate the implementation of environmental resources, equipment and devices, and technology showing their role in facilitating inclusion and participation.
L06: Judge appropriate ‘Moving and Handling’ methods in order to ensure optimal safety in practice, showing an appreciation for the importance of maintaining own well-being.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11105 Occupational Therapy Approaches to assessing Human Performance