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-
(A. Jane Ayres. 2005. Sensory integration and the
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-
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:
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-
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

Group exam is assessed on a scale from 1 to 5.


  • Peri Heidi
  • Räike Hanna


Peri Heidi

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

Assessment methods

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

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