School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Occupational Therapy

OT-801        Conceptual Models in Occupational Therapy
This course introduces students to the central construct of occupation and to both the consequences and determinants of occupation. We will explore the most prominent theoretical models for understanding the relationship between occupation and health, and the factors that affect occupation. The course also covers the historical development of occupational therapy theory, and key theorists over the past 100 years. (4.0 credit units)

OT-802     Models of Practice in Occupational Therapy
This course introduces students to occupational therapy interventions, processes of change, and tools for being an occupational therapist.In addition, students will apply occupational therapy theory to practice situations. (2.0 credit units)

OT-821     Occupational Therapy Theory, Process and Professional Practice   
This course introduces the central construct of occupation, the relationship of occupation to health and well-being, models of occupation, processes of occupational change, and the historical development of occupational therapy theory. The course will examine occupational therapy practice in the context of the Canadian health care system, enablement and client-centered practice, professional identity and governance,  professional ethics and the evolving public/private sector.  The stages of the occupational therapy process and legitimate occupational therapy skills will also be introduced. (6.0 credit units)

OT-823     Disability Theory  
This course introduces the concepts of disability, citizenship and societal participation. Conceptual frameworks of disability and issues and implications of disability will be discussed along with Canadian health and social policies relating to people with disabilities. (1.5 credit units)

OT-825     The Lived Experience of Disability
In this fieldwork course, pairs of first year students meet with a volunteer from the Kingston community who has a disability. The goal of this unique learning relationship is to improve students' understanding of disability and facilitate their embracing the concept of client-centred practice whereby a client's life experiences are acknowledged and they become partners in the occupational therapy process. (1.5 credit units)

OT-826     Enabling Occupation in Children and Youth
This course provides students with the foundational knowledge to identify factors influencing performance and participation for children and adolescents. Evaluation and intervention approaches at the level of impairment, activity limitations, and participation restrictions will be explored by considering the context of service provision systems and the diverse roles of Occupational Therapy practitioners in collaboration with families and inter-professional service providers. (Lecture + lab) (4 credit units) Prerequisites: OT-843*, OT-844*, OT-882* & OT-884* (4.0 credit units)

OT-827*     Enabling Occupation in Older Adults     
This course provides students with the foundational knowledge necessary to identify factors influencing performance and participation of older adults. Evaluation and intervention approaches at the level of impairment, activity limitation, and participation will be explored by considering the diverse roles of occupational therapy practitioners in collaboration with families and inter-professional service providers across a range of service provision contexts. (3 credit units)

OT-841*     Socio-cultural Determinants of Occupation   
This course will examine the social and cultural nature of occupation. Students will analyze the relationship between occupation and such socio-cultural components as values and belief, time use, roles, habits, expectations and norms and explore how occupational therapy interventions based on this understanding could lead to changes in occupation. This course will also examine contemporary views of spirituality in occupation. The importance of occupations to society will also be addressed. (3.0 credit units)

OT-842*     Environmental Determinants of Occupation
This course will focus on the creation of healthy environments that enable client-centred occupations. Students will examine factors within the physical, social, cultural and institutional environments that affect occupation and how environmental modifications can lead to changes in occupation. They will gain experience with the knowledge and skills critical to effecting environmental change. Prerequisites: OT-823*, OT-882*, and OT-843 or permission of the course coordinator.   (3.0 credit units)

OT-843     Physical Determinants of Occupation
This course will introduce students to the study of movement of the human body as it relates to occupation. It will have an emphasis on biomechanics and the components of the motor system as determinants of motor performance in occupation. Evaluation methods and modalities used in physical rehabilitation will be studied. The course will also focus on the application of physical rehabilitation methods used in occupational therapy practice by understanding musculo-skeletal conditions and occupational therapy interventions at the level of impairment and activity limitations. (8.0 credit units).

OT-844     Cognitive-Neuro Part I   
This course emphasizes the neuro-physiological organization of motor behaviour, sensory-motor integration, and the dynamic nature of the central nervous system. This course will provide a foundation for evaluating occupational performance from perception to action. It will focus on evaluation and intervention approaches for cognitive-perceptual and motor control problems at three levels: impairment, strategy and function. Attention will be given to secondary motor performance problems. Prerequisites: OT-843 or permission of the course coordinator.  (6.0 credit units)

OT-845     Psycho-emotional Determinants of Occupation    
This course will focus on the psycho-emotional determinants of occupation as a framework for understanding how humans are inherently motivated for occupations. The intrinsic factors and learned responses associated with occupation will be examined and students will apply and evaluate applications of psycho-emotional theory in contemporary occupational therapy practice.(6.0 credit units)

OT-846     Determinants of Occupation I    
Students will complete two full-time (6-8 week) fieldwork experiences (OT-846 and OT-847) for practical professional experience. These courses will provide the opportunity within a practice setting to demonstrate the integration of OT skills with current OT theory and relevant supporting scientific knowledge. Prerequisites: OT-825* and OT-851 or permission of the course coordinator.  (8.0 credit units)

OT-847     Determinants of Occupation II
Students will complete two full-time (6-8 week) fieldwork experiences (OT-846 and OT-847) for practical professional experience. These courses will provide the opportunity within a practice setting to demonstrate the integration of OT skills with current OT theory and relevant supporting scientific knowledge. Prerequisites: OT-846 or permission of the course coordinator. (8.0 credit units) 

OT-848*     Cognitive-Neuro Part II
Using knowledge of human development and systems theory, this course builds on Cognitive-Neurological Determinants - Part I by providing students with the foundational knowledge to understand human development and to identify factors influencing performance and participation for children and adolescents who experience atypical development. Evaluation and intervention approaches at the level of impairment, activity limitations, and participation restrictions will be explored by considering the context of service provision and the diverse roles of Occupational Therapy practitioners in collaboration with families and other service providers. Prerequisites: OT-844 or permission of the course coordinator. (3.0 credit units)
 
OT-851     Client-Centred Communication
This course focuses on the development of communication skills within the context of client-centred occupational therapy practice. The critical elements of the therapeutic relationship will be developed through interviewing and assessment strategies. This course will make extensive use of supervised video taping, and interaction with community volunteers through the Clinical Education Centre. In addition, students will gain experience in professional communication skills. (6.0 credit units).

OT-852*     Group Theory and Process
This course will examine group theory, process and application to occupational therapy practice. It will focus on groups both as a means to enabling occupational therapy change and as a means for working effectively in a complex health care system. Laboratory sessions will facilitate the development of effective techniques in group leadership and participation. Prerequisites: OT-851 or permission of the course coordinator.  (3.0 credit units)

OT-853*     Coaching and Counseling for Occupational Change
This half course consists of both theoretical background preparation and practical experiential learning opportunities to introduce occupational therapy students to selected talk- based interventions available for enabling occupational fulfillment and change (coaching, counseling and psychotherapy). Prerequisites: OT-851 or permission of the course coordinator  (4.0 credit units)
 

OT-854*     Systems Level Communication 
The first part of this course will be devoted to the theory and practice of knowledge transfer and diffusion. Laboratory sessions will focus on strategies to: influence and change public attitudes to disability, communicate about professional practice, and transfer knowledge about evidence based practice. The second part will be devoted to the theory and practice of advocacy and negotiation. Laboratory sessions will address strategies to pursue systems level changes that will ultimately enhance occupation. (3.0 credit units)

OT-861*     Community Development in Occupational Therapy
This course critically examines the theoretical foundations and processes of working with communities through community development in order to enable occupation at the community level. Theories of community development, the process of engaging with communities, and skills required for community development will be explored as they pertain to occupational therapy. This course lays the theoretical foundation for the community development fieldwork placement, OT-862.
Prerequisites: OT-842*, OT-851, and OT-852* or permission of the course coordinator.   Co-requisite: OT-862 or permission of the course coordinator. (3.0 credit units)

OT-862     Applied Community Development    
This fieldwork course will provide the opportunity for students to explore the process of working with communities to enable occupation and to create inclusive communities and environments. Prerequisites: OT-847 or permission of the course coordinator. (6.0 credit units) Co-requisite: OT-861* or permission of the course coordinator.

OT-871*     Advanced Clinical Reasoning 
This course provides opportunities for students to develop advanced clinical reasoning skills applicable to all areas of occupational therapy practice. Based on the occupational therapy process, students will develop skills of critical thinking and inquiry. Prerequisites: all first-year courses and all second-year, fall-term courses or permission of the course coordinator.  (4.0 credit units)

OT-875*     Advanced Professional Practice  
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to acquire an advanced understanding of the roles, rights and responsibilities incumbent with becoming an Occupational Therapist. Particular attention will be given to the legal and ethical parameters of practice, professional contributions and responsibilities within complex and changing environments and career development as advanced healthcare professionals. Course content is designed to be responsive to the shifting practice environment and offer students an opportunity to synthesize learning from other courses within the curriculum. Prerequisites: all first-year courses or permission of the course coordinator.(3.0 credit units)

OT-877     Advanced Practice 
The objective of this final fieldwork experience will be for students to consolidate professional practice skills necessary to function as autonomous, independent, reflective practitioners, who are able to cope with and be part of the changing health-care environments. Prerequisites: OT-847 or permission of the course coordinator.  (8.0 credit units)

OT-881     Physical Determinants of Occupation I
This course introduces students to human occupation from the perspective of its anatomical, physiological and biomechanical dimensions. The course will use an integrated case study format to develop understanding of movement of the human body as it relates to occupation. The course will focus on the assessment methods used in physical rehabilitation and introduce musculoskeletal conditions as they relate to occupation. Theoretical frameworks and evidence-informed practice approaches and interventions will be addressed in class and weekly lab sessions. PREREQUISITE:  none (4.0 credit units)

OT-882*     Psychosocial Determinants of Occupation I
This course introduces students to human occupation from the perspective of its psychological, emotional and social dimensions. This course will use a case study format to develop understanding of the person-level foundations and environmental conditions that enable occupational performance and are relevant to psychosocial practice. Theoretical frameworks and evidence-informed practice approaches and interventions will be addressed in class and weekly lab sessions. (3.0 credit units)

OT-883     Cognitive-Neurological Determinants of Occupation I
This course emphasizes the neuro-physiological organization of motor behaviour, sensory-motor integration, and the dynamic nature of the central nervous system and will provide a foundation for evaluating occupational performance with a focus on evaluation and intervention approaches for cognitive-perceptual and motor control problems for adults at three levels: impairment, strategy and function.Attention will be given to secondary motor performance problems. PREREQUISITE:  OT-881 (4.0 credit units)

OT-884     Psychosocial Determinants of Occupation II
This course builds on attitudes, knowledge and skills developed in psychosocial dimensions of occupation I. Students will learn theoretical frameworks, practice approaches and evidence-informed interventions relevant to complex psychosocial issues within a range of specific occupational therapy practice contexts. Weekly labs will provide the opportunity for further skill development. (4 credit units) PREREQUISITE:  OT-882*

OT-885*     Physical Determinants of Occupation II
This course analyzes human occupation from the perspective of its anatomical, physiological and biomechanical dimensions. The course will focus on intervention methods used in physical rehabilitation to enable occupation in musculoskeletal conditions. The course is designed to build on concepts introduced in OT881 and will use an integrated case study format to further develop an understanding of movement of the human body as it relates to occupation. Theoretical frameworks and evidence-informed practice approaches and interventions will be addressed in class and weekly lab sessions. PREREQUISITE: OT-881 (3.0 credit units)

OT-889*    Cognitive-Neurological Determinants of Occupation II
This course builds on attitudes, knowledge and skills developed in Cognitive-Neurological Dimensions of Occupation I. Students will practice evaluations, and evidence-informed interventions relevant to complex cognitive-neurological issues within a range of neurological impairments in adults. Weekly labs will provide the opportunity for further skill development. PREREQUISITE:  OT-883 (3.0 credit units)
 

OT-897*     Critical Enquiry Foundations     
This course prepares students for the completion of OT-898 by examining world views, research designs, criteria for study quality, and evidence-based practice. Students develop skills to pose clinical questions, systematically search the literature, appraise scientific articles, and use research to inform rehabilitation practice. PREREQUISITE: Registration in the occupational therapy program.

OT-898     Critical Enquiry Project
Students will work with a faculty supervisor to complete a critical enquiry project. The project will enable students to apply critical inquiry skills by participation in an area of clinical investigation and to examine the relevance of findings to clinical practice. PREREQUISITE: OT-897* or permission of the course coordinator. (6.0 credit units)