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 to develop knowledge
about OT by:
- having a basic understanding about the process
that guide the practical work for the
occupational therapist
- having a basic understanding about how
activities may be adjusted, graded or adapted to
support the right of the individual to be active

The student develop her competence about the
occupational therapy process and professional
reasoning by:
- having av basic understanding about the
occupational therapists work during different
parts of the process
- having an understanding about the assessment
process meaning for the therapy
- being able to use professional reasoning
during assessment to identify physical, social
and cultural factors along with attitudes, that
may affect the clients occupational performance

The student develop her competences about
professional reasoning and companionship by:
- understanding the meaning and principles of
client centered work
- being aware of the principles of client
centered work during assessment process
- being able to use the principles of goal
planning together with the client

The student develop her ethical competence by:
- developing understanding about the ethical
principles that guide the work of the
occupational therapist

The student develop her competence about
communications by:
- interviewing, observing and makeing written
reports about the assessment results

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is able to:
- explain the contents in OT process (CPPF)
- present the most relevant contents of theories
of practice within PEOP, MoHo and CMOP-E and
describe the use of these models in professional
reasoning in OT
- describe the process of assessment in OT
- define reliability and validity and understand
the importance of these in the assessment process
- discuss the ethical principles that guide the
work of the occupational therapist
- use interviews and observation to gather
relevant information and knowledge
- analyze and adapt an activity
- using Goal Attainment Scaling method
(GAS)define client-centered goals
- use the classification of OT in basic OT
- examine the manual of an assessment instrument
- contribute to the blog at inside.arcada by
writing about the own learning process

Course contents

The occupational therapy process, client-centered
work, the assessment process, goal attainment,
activity analysis, reporting, OT etics

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Ground course in OT

Additional information

Participation in International week (week 5),
Compulsory attendance workshops, guestlectures.

Recommended or required reading


Townsend,E. , Polatajko, H. 2007. Enabling
Occupation II: Advancing an Occupational
Vision for Health, Well-Being & Justice through
Occupation. Ottawa: CAOT Publications ACE. Kap.
och 10

Activity analysis:
Creapeau, E. et al. 2003. Williard & Spackman´s
Occupational Therapy. 10 th ed. Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins. Kap 16
OT ethical guidlines

Interview, assessment:
Hagedorn R. Tools for Practice in Occupational
Therapy. 2000. Churschill Livingstone. kap 14,
Interviewing, kap 18, Introduction to assessment
of individual potential, ability and needs

Client-centered practice:
Sumsion, T. 2006. Client-centered practice in
Occupational Therapy. 2nd ed. Churchill
Livinstone, Elsevier. Kap 1

Klientcentrerad måluppsättning:
BovendÉerdt, T et al. 2009. Writing SMART
rehabilitation goals and achieving goa
lattainment scaling: a practical guide. Clinical
Rehabilitation 2009; 23: 352-361

Turpin, M. & Iwama, M. K. 2011, Using
Occupational Therapy Models in Practice. A field
guide. Elsevier: Churchill Livingstone kap 4
(del: PEOP), 5, 6

Dokumentation, att skriva utlåtande:
K. Sames. 2010. Documenting Occupational Therapy
Practice. 2ed. Pearson. Kap. Introduction, Kap
Ergoterapiterminologi 2003. Finlands
kommunförbund 2007.

Other literature:

Christiansen, C & Baum, C. 1997. Occupational
Therapy: Enabling Function and Well-Being.
edition. USA: Slack

Hautala, T. & Hämäläinen, T. & Mäkelä, L. &
Pyykönen, M. 2011. Toiminnan Voimaa.
Toimintaterapia käytännössä. Helsingfors: Edita.
Kapitel 3 i sin helhet.

Law, M. et al.2005. Measuring Occupational
Performance. Supporting best practice in
occupational therapy. 2 nd ed. Slack incorp. Kap
1, 2, 3

Kielhofner, G. 2007. A model of human
Theory and Application. 4rd ed. Baltimore:
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Lindstedt, H., Ivarsson, A-B. Goal Attainment
Scaling, GAS, Måluppfyllelseskala, Manual.
Skriftserie i vårdvetenskap 3, 2008, Örebro
universitet 2008.

http://www.thl.fi/toimia/tietokanta/ External link
http://www.toimintaterapeuttiliitto.fi/images/st External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 25 hours
  • Practical exercises - 10 hours
  • Small-group work - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 50 hours
  • International week, week 5: 1-5.2.2021. Cumpolsory. - 20 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the
following examinations:
- Written examination (grades 1-5)
- Work in small groups about: assessment process
and theories of practice (graded passed / not

Re-exam: 23.4.2021, 7.6.2021


  • Arola Annikki
  • Peri Heidi
  • Werner Tove


Werner Tove

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2021-07-30

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Assessment methods

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