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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
- The student is aware of the principles for
client centered practice during assessment.
Competence in professional autonomy and
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
- 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

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
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
and active


Keltto Tarja


Arola Annikki

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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