Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim is that student can define concepts related to assessment and has knowledge about reliability in different assessments. Student understands the purpose of assessment in occupational therapy process and he is able to report the results of assessment and to use the information as a base for intervention planning. Competence of the Occupational therapy Process and clinical reasoning: The student: - gains an understanding of the purpose of assessment process related to the occupational therapy intervention. - is able to use his clinical reasoning in the assessment process to identify physical, social, attitudinal and , cultural factors which affects on occupational performance. Competence in professional relationships and partnerships: - The student is aware of the principles for client centered practice during assessment. Competence in professional autonomy and accountability: The student - follows the guidelines for documentation in occupational therapy Ethical competence: The student - understans the ethical principles that direct the work of occupational therapists. - is aware of the values in occupational therapy during assessment.

Learning outcomes

Student is able to: - explain the assessment process in occupational therapy. - use interview and observation to gather information about the client - make a critical review of assessment manuals - pay attention to the client's individual circumstances during the assessment - write an assessment report by using professional terminology in occupational therapy. - identify ethical issues in the assessment process.

Course contents

Assessment methods in occupational therapy. Practice in using observations, interviews, assessment instruments, validity and reliability in assessment. Occupation analys.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in occupational therapy

Additional information

Compulsory presence at practical lectures

Recommended or required reading

Law, M., Baum, C., Dunn, W., 2005, Measuring occupational performance: supporting best practice in occupational therapy. Thorofare, Slack inc. Ottenbacher, K., Christiansen C. 1997. Occupational Performance Assessment. I Christiansen, C (ed), Baum., 1997. Occupational therapy: Enabling function and wellbeing. 2ed. Thorofare: Slack Inc. Crepeau, E., Cohn, E., Boyt Schell, B. (eds). 2003. Willard and Spackman's Occupational therapy. (10ed) Del 7. Kap 22-25. Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Turner, A., Foster,M., Johnson, S. 2003. Occupational therapy and physical dysfunction: principles, skills and practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Pierce, D.E. 2003. Occupation by Design. Building Therapeutic Power. F. A. Davis Company. Philadelphia. 
Sames, Karen M. 2010. Documenting occupational therapy practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson Education, 2nd ed

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 63 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Course has an exam and an essay . The final grade for the course is based on these two and active participation.


Keltto Tarja


Arola Annikki

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2014-08-31

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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