Module title: Humans as Occupational Beings

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

Module code: HSC11106
Module leader: Elizabeth Anne McKay
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: Elizabeth Anne McKay
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a blend of online reading and guided preparation activities/ materials, using a virtual learning environment (VLE) (‘Moodle’), seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and group workshops. The module will be delivered across 1 weeks of learning with your Summative Assessment due in Week 15 or ENU Week 34.

Academic Regulation F5 applies to this module, stipulating that a minimum of 80% attendance is required in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. See the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.

The online materials will supplement teaching and learning activities that happen within and outside of the classroom and develop your critical understanding of the theoretical aspects of LOs 1-6. Guided online preparation activities will also lead you towards further reading and learning activities which can then be examined, reflected upon, and debated in the classroom, in order to draw out some of the complexities of the core knowledge concepts (LOs 1-6).

Your classroom-based learning will be organised and structured around the core constructs of occupation and occupational science and their relationship to occupational dysfunction, well-being and health across the lifespan, as well as to everyday human functions and movement (LOs 2, 3 and 4). Seminar and tutorial sessions will allow you to critique the role of occupation and occupational science to life transitions, social and cultural diversity and inclusion, and identity (LOs 5 and 6). Practical and group sessions will develop your critical application of evidence-informed occupation-based activities/experiences in order to relate theoretical learning to real-world practice, and to your own personal sense of well-being (LOs1 and 5). Tutorials and seminars, and activities that take place outside of the classroom, will also facilitate the learning and development of your critical skills in creating, selecting and adapting evidence-informed occupational activities/experiences for individuals or groups, and develop your understanding of the history of the role of occupation within society (LO1, 3, 5 and 6). Online and classroom activities will facilitate the development of your self-reflexive and inter-personal skills (LO5).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will provide you the opportunity to practice towards your Summative Assessment presentation and to experience delivering your occupation-based activity/experience to a group of peers. It will include peer-to-peer and Lecturer feedback.

Summative Assessment:
Oral presentation relating to an evidence-informed, occupation-based activity/experience.
In ENU Week 33, you will present your practical project for no more than 60 minutes, including questions.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 10
Face To Face Tutorial 40
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 110
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 33 HOURS= 1
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module allows you to examine and critique the central values and philosophy of Occupational Therapy: occupation. The module will develop your critical understanding of, and your ability to evaluate, the importance of ‘occupation’ to humans across the lifespan. It will also develop your knowledge of the importance of occupation to health, well-being and occupational justice. As part of the module you will critically analyse your own occupational ‘repertoire’ by participating in, and analysing, occupations as experiences/activities. This will allow you to justify occupation as an intervention.
Your learning will be facilitated by studying the following components of occupation as a construct:
Occupation and its relationship to health and well-being.
Defining occupation and related constructs.
The dynamics of occupation.
Occupation as a means to health over time.
Humans as occupational beings across the lifespan emphasising life transitions, social and cultural diversity, and identity
Human movement and function in everyday life.
Occupational justice: a history of occupation in societies.
Development and analysis of a personal occupational repertoire.
Flow theory and exploration of optimal experience in relation to human occupation.
The institutional, socio-political and cultural influences on occupation

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Select, justify and adapt occupation as a treatment medium in relation to occupational dysfunction, well-being and health, across the lifespan while understanding the importance of maintaining your own health.
LO2: Critically appraise and analyse human movement and function in relation to human occupations.
LO3: Critique the development of Occupational Therapy and occupational science particularly in relation to life transitions, social and cultural diversity, and identity.
LO4: Examine flow experience in relation to human occupation.
LO5: Create meaning, evidence-informed occupation-based activities/experiences recognising the socio-cultural influences on how people live and work and using your inter-personal skills to facilitate engagement.
LO6: Develop respect for individual, groups’ and community’s differing occupational needs, acting in a culturally competent and non-discriminatory manner and recognising the impacts of inequality, poverty, exclusion, identity, social difference and diversity on occupational performance.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11106 Humans as Occupational Beings