Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that students develop their skills in the field of occupational therapy: Demonstrating understanding and relevant interdisciplinary knowledge concerning the fundamentals of human motor, sensory and perceptual development. Students understand how motor, sensor, the basics of kinesiology and ergonomics affects human occupational performance

Learning outcomes

Learning results in relation to the development of competence in occupational therapy: Is able to describe the human sensomotor development in relation to motor learning, the development of senses, perceptual development and hand functional development Is able to describe how to facilitate human movment in activities Is able to plan and implement preventive ergonomic solutions and to promote occupational performance

Course contents

Human motor, sensor, perseptual and hand development. Basic skills for facilitating human movement and ergonomics

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names

Motoric control, learning and kinesiology

Additional information

Practical lectures and seminars are compulsory

Recommended or required reading

Compulsory reading: A. Jane Ayres. 2008. Aistimusten aallokossa. Sensorisen integraation häiriö ja terapia.PS- kustannus (A. Jane Ayres. 2005. Sensory integration and the child.) Case-Smith, J. 2010. Occupational Therapy for Children. 6th ed. Mosby. ISBN: 978-0-323-05658-8, chapter: 9: Application of motor control/ motor learning to practice (p.245-274), 10: Evaluation and intervention to develop hand skills (p.275- 289), 11: Sensory integration (p.325-333), 12: Visual perception (p.373-380) Edwards,S. Buckland,D. McCoy-Powlen, J. (2002) Developmental & functional hand grasps. Thorofare, Slack cop. chapter: 4, 5, 6 Recommended reading: DiGiovanna, A G. 2000. Human Ageing. Biological perspecties. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-07- 292691-0 Dropsy, J. 2004 Den harmoniska kroppen, en osynlig övning. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur Gallahue, D., Ozmun, J. 1997. Understanding motor development: Infants, Children, Adolecents, Adults. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-697-29487-0 Greene, D P., Roberts, S L. Kinesiology. Movement in the context of acticity. 1999. Mosby Inc. ISBN: 1-55664-416-7 Roxendal G., Winberg A. 2006. Levande människa Basal kroppskännedom för rörelse och vila. Natur och kultur ISBN 13: 978-91-27-09023-1 Rybski, M. 2004. Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy.Thorofare. Slack Inc. ISBN: 1-55642-491-4 Salpa, P. 2007. Lapsen liikkumisen kehitys. Ensimmäinen ikävuosi. Helsinki. Tammi. ISBN: 10- 951-26-5639-6 Spaulding, S J. 2005. Meaningful Motion. Biomecanics for Occupational Therapists. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 0-443-07439-9 Trew, M., Everett, T. 2005. Human movement. An introductory text. 5th ed. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 0-443-07446-1 Tyldesley, B., Grieve, J I. Muscles, Nerves & Movement in human occupation. 3rd ed. Cornwall. Blackwell publishing. ISBN: 0-632-05973-7 Yack,E. Sutton, S. Aquilla, P. 2001. Leikki linkkinä lapseen. Toimintaterapiaa sensorisen integraation keinoin. PS-Kustannus. chapter: 3

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 2 hours
  • Small-group work - 6 hours
  • Individual studies - 77 hours
  • groupexamination - 3 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-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams

Assessment requirements

Approaved written exam and approved participation in exercises. Group exam is assessed on a scale from 1 to 5.


  • Peri Heidi
  • Räike Hanna


Peri Heidi

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2014-03-18

The timetable of the course

Kursen inleds den med introduktion och avslutas med grupptentamen

Assessment methods

  • 2013-12-16 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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