2005-2007 Academic Catalog
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OSOT)
ASSOCIATE PROGRAM FACULTY
Christiansen*, Crea, Heinz, Kloetzke, Ricker (*program director)
BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM FACULTY
Barrett, Bass Haugen, Buxell, Fleming, Flinn, Haertl, Heinz, Henderson, Henderson, Matuska, O’Keefe, Sames*, Sullivan (*Program Director)
ASSOCIATE PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
OSOT 1020 ROLE OF THE OTA 2 Cr.
This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of occupational therapy as a means of engaging a person’s participation in human occupation and goal directed activities. Content includes the theory of occupational performance and its relationship to basic need satisfaction and adaptive skill development. The role of the occupational therapy assistant is described for each part of the occupational therapy process. Lecture, group discussion and experiential learning enable you to develop an understanding of the occupational therapy process and professional ethics required to work with an increasingly diverse patient population. Corequisites: OSOT 1030, 1050, 3250.
OSOT 1030 HUMAN OCCUPATIONS I 2 Cr.
This laboratory class introduces you to human occupation through exploration and analysis of various occupations. The course emphasizes the following content areas: interpersonal communication, activity analysis and an introduction to the use of professional language. The course is designed to examine the intrinsic value in human occupations and to build the basic skills necessary for teaching activities. A focus on creative and critical thinking is utilized throughout the course. It also includes instruction on the use of self as a therapeutic tool. Learning activities are coordinated with information presented in OSOT 1020. Instructors provide guidance as you complete assigned projects in an experiential laboratory setting. Corequisites: OSOT 1020, 1050, 3250.
OSOT 1040 CLINICAL CONDITIONS 2 Cr.
This course provides an introduction to many of the clinical conditions that will be seen in occupational therapy practice. Content includes an overview of various diagnoses including the etiology, incidence, signs and symptoms, medical management and prognosis of each condition. The impact of the condition on a person’s ability to engage in areas of occupation will be addressed. Course assignments provide practice in research and retrieval of information, which will be an important skill needed for future course work. Instructional methods include lecture, guest speakers and structured group discussion. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Corequisites: OSOT 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300.
OSOT 1050 HUMAN OCCUPATIONS II 2 Cr.
This laboratory class continues to introduce you to human occupation through the exploration and analysis of occupation and use of professional language. It also focuses on the introduction of basic global client factors that impede occupational performance and the basic skills of therapeutic intervention. You will also begin to examine the role health and well-being plays in our lives. Through the introduction of specific areas of occupation, you will gain insight into your own and others’ occupations. Instructors provide guidance as you complete assigned projects in an experiential laboratory setting. Corequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 3250.
OSOT 1210 CLIENT SUPPORT SKILLS 3 Cr.
This course introduces the basic skills necessary to support occupational performance across the lifespan with any type of client. You will gain familiarity of the role of the occupational therapy assistant in the following areas: basic principles of problem identification, treatment implementation, activity adaptation and analysis, and the use of assistive technology for clients with difficulty in occupational performance. Foundational approaches, techniques and assistive technology utilized to facilitate occupational performance in the areas of activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education, work, play, leisure and social participation will be introduced. Assessment and documentation related to these areas will also be addressed. The concept of collaboration between the OT/OTA is explored through discussion and role plays. Other learning methods may include: lecture and laboratory experiences, role-plays, guest speakers, demonstration, group problem solving/discussion, assessments, audiovisual and community field trips. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Corequisites: OSOT 1040, 1250, 1270, 1300.
OSOT 1250 AGING 2 cr.
This course explores the role of the occupational therapy assistant in organizing and managing activity/recreation departments in long-term care settings with an aging population. Content covers the process of aging and the impact on occupational performance, treatment techniques for working with this population in an activity/recreation setting and guidelines for supervision and management of activity/recreation programs. Teaching/learning methods include lecture, structured group discussion, role-play and audio-visual presentations. This course is taught in conjunction with a Level I fieldwork course, OSOT 1270. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Corequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1270, 1300.
OSOT 1270 LEVEL I FIELDWORK 1 Cr.
This is a fieldwork experience course taught in conjunction with OSOT 1250 and 1300. Continuance in this course is contingent upon successful completion of mastery tests in those courses. It is a seven-week course in which you will learn and practice treatment techniques and will then be assigned to fieldwork sites in the community. The course meets two days per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will observe and have hands-on experience with the developmentally delayed populations across the lifespan one day a week and work in a therapeutic activities/recreation department with the elderly one day a week. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250. Corequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1300.
OSOT 1300 THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS I 2 Cr.
This course begins with a review of normal growth and development, followed by study of the development of specific body functions in the areas of sensorimotor and selected cognitive skills. Client factors typically associated with the developmentally delayed, learning disabled, neurologically involved and neurologically intact populations will be identified and discussed. The role of the OTA with these populations, as well as strategies to promote optimal performance across the lifespan in all areas of occupation will be explored in-depth. Treatment principles and techniques for implementation of behavior management programs, sensory motor programs and the positioning and handling of clients are demonstrated and practiced. Teaching methods include reading, lecture, experiential labs and audio visual materials. Prerequisites: OSOT 1020, 1030, 1050, 3250; BIOL 2000. Prerequisite with concurrency: PSYC 2020. Corequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270.
OSOT 2300 THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS III 2 Cr.
This course focuses on intervention for performance skill issues due to client factors associated with impaired motor and process skills such as mental functioning, sensory processing, and neuromusculoskeletal functions. Current treatment theories and the role of the OTA in the areas of assessment, planning, implementation of treatment programs, program discontinuation, service management, continuing education and public relations are presented. Emphasis is on use of meaningful occupation and understanding of individual performance contexts and patterns. Throughout the course, class activities and role-play experiences provide opportunities to integrate these concepts and theories. This course is followed by fieldwork experience scheduled for an eight-week block of time. Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360, 2400. Corequisites: OSOT 2350, 2410.
OSOT 2330 THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS II 2 Cr.
This course is an introduction to the use of occupational therapy for clients with psychosocial dysfunction. Emphasis is on the use of client centered, meaningful occupations for skill development and enhancement and the prevention of decline in occupational performance across the lifespan. Current treatment theories, clinical reasoning and the role of the OTA in assessment, program planning, intervention and discontinuation with this population are presented. The instructional methods include: readings, lectures, structured discussions, role-playing and the use of case studies to assist you in integrating concepts and theories throughout the course. This course is followed by fieldwork experience scheduled for an eight-week block of time. Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300; PSYC 1000. Corequisites: OSOT 2360, 2400.
OSOT 2350 LEVEL II FIELDWORK 6 Cr.
This course is designed to coordinate the content of OSOT 2300 and OSOT 2410 theory classes with a contracted fieldwork experience in the community. You will have an opportunity to observe and work with an experienced occupational therapy practitioner. You will apply concepts learned in class and then practice learned skills in an assigned setting for eight weeks. Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360, 2400. Corequisites: 2300, 2410.
OSOT 2360 LEVEL II FIELDWORK 6 Cr.
This course is designed to coordinate the content of OSOT 2330 and OSOT 2400 theory classes with a contracted fieldwork experience in the community. You will have an opportunity to observe and work with an experienced occupational therapy practitioner. You will apply concepts learned in class and then practice learned skills in an assigned setting for eight weeks. Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300. Corequisites: 2330, 2400.
OSOT 2400 PRACTICE MODELS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES I 1 CR.
This course explores a variety of occupational therapy service delivery models as well as different populations that you may find yourself working with in emerging practice areas. The topics are in relation to content taught concurrently in OSOT 2330. Topics vary and may include: community mental health settings, club models, homeless populations, torture survivors and programs in shelters and support agencies. The course addresses professional issues related to evidence based practice, leadership, ethics, advocacy, reimbursement, and program evaluation in the context of current global social issues. Preparation for Level II Fieldwork including supervision guidelines will also be addressed. Teaching/learning methods include guest speakers, field trips, structured discussions and lectures. Prerequisites: OSOT 1040, 1210, 1250, 1270, 1300. Corequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360.
OSOT 2410 PRACTICE MODELS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES II 1 CR.
This course explores a variety of occupational therapy practice settings as well as emerging practice areas in relation to content taught concurrently in OSOT 2300. Topics vary and may include: lifestyle balance/health promotion, hand therapy, home healthcare, case management, community programs, industrial work programs/ergonomics, and driving programs. The course addresses professional issues related to leadership, reimbursement and documentation, in the context of current global social issues. Preparation for Level II Fieldwork including supervision guidelines will be addressed as well as information on credentialing and job seeking. Teaching/learning methods include guest speakers, field trips, structured discussions and lectures. Prerequisites: OSOT 2330, 2360, 2400. Corequisites: OSOT 2300, 2350.
BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
OSOT 3000 SEMINAR I: FOUNDATIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL SCIENCE 2 CR.
This course will introduce you to the history and scope of the discipline of occupational science. It explores the importance of human occupation, the ideas and theories that support the discipline of occupational science, and the relationship of occupational science to occupational therapy. You will learn to apply information and skills related to occupational profiles and cultural diversity. You will be introduced to the range of concentrations and application of occupational science in different career paths. Also offered in Weekend College. Dual-degree students do not take this course.
OSOT 3100 LIFE OCCUPATIONS 4 Cr.
This course emphasizes the characteristics and development of human occupation across the life span. It explores the influence of occupational choices, habits, routines and lifestyles on the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. It examines personal, cultural and social influences on occupation. It also introduces basic principles of scientific inquiry to analyze the meanings, beliefs and values associated with occupation and strategies for teaching and learning new occupations. Dual-degree OSOT students take this course at the graduate level as OSOT 5100. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisite: PSYC 2025.
OSOT 3150 OCCUPATIONAL ADAPTATION 4 Cr.
This course emphasizes adaptation across the life span for different levels of ability. It examines personal and environmental factors that influence adaptation of individuals, families and communities. It explores strategies for promoting adaptation and occupational competence. It includes discussion of compensatory techniques and basic environmental modifications for individuals or groups with actual or potential occupational limitations. Dual-degree OSOT students take this course at the graduate level as OSOT 5150. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisite: OSOT 3100.
OSOT 3250 GROUP DYNAMICS AND LEADERSHIP 2 Cr.
This course emphasizes experiential learning and understanding of group dynamics. The focus is placed on group process, group roles and the relationship of self to the group. Concepts learned include group development, roles and functions of groups, decision making, followership, leadership, conflict resolution, negotiation and relational communication. You will learn about various types of groups and apply concepts to personal and group contexts. Dual-degree OSOT students take this course at the graduate level as OSOT 5250, and OTA students enroll in the section reserved for them. Also offered in Weekend College.
OSOT 4100 OCCUPATIONAL INQUIRY 2 Cr.
This course introduces components of scholarly inquiry including identification of questions in need of scholarly inquiry, critical analysis and synthesis of professional literature, use of information and technology resources and professional written and oral communication. Dual-degree OSOT students take this course at the graduate level as OSOT 6100. Also offered in Weekend College.
OSOT 4500 POLICY AND POLITICS IN HUMAN SERVICE SYSTEMS 2 CR.
This course examines international, national and state systems and policy as they influence healthcare, human-services and educational systems. It explores various strategies of the political process as a means to effect change in policy in both public and private sectors. You will examine ways that individuals can work effectively within these systems. Dual-degree OSOT students take this course at the graduate level as OSOT 6500. Also offered in Weekend College.
OSOT 4550 SEMINAR II: CAPSTONE 2 Cr.
This course integrates the information from the occupational science core courses, the concentration courses (interdisciplinary or OTA) and the internship experience. This integration is accomplished through case studies, projects and other activities. You will integrate and build on principles and theories of human occupation as you complete the cases and projects. You will explore a variety of work options and develop resume and cover letters specific to your career goals. You must complete both Seminar I and II to obtain the writing-intensive credit. Dual-degree OSOT students take the graduate level course, OSOT 6550 (4 credits). Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisite: OSOT 3000. Prerequisite with concurrency: OSOT 3150. Corequisite: OSOT 4602 (does not apply to dual-degree students).
OSOT 4602 or 4604 INTERNSHIP 2 or 4 Cr.
The internship is a structured out-of-class learning experience that takes place on- or off-campus and includes a substantial work component. An internship involves you in a particular profession in an exploratory way to test career interests and potential. To initiate an internship experience, you must meet with the internship coordinator in the Career Development Office. Dual-degree OSOT students take this course at the graduate level as OSOT 7600. (Students taking this course at the graduate level do not need to work with the Career Development Office to initiate the internship experience.) Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: Faculty sponsorship and approval by department chair. Corequisite: OSOT 4550 (does not apply to dual-degree students).
OSOT 4700 lifestyle balance 2 CR.
This course explores the historical and theoretical constructs underlying lifestyle balance and examines literature linking lifestyle balance with health and happiness. Threats or challenges to lifestyle balance and approaches to eliminating the threats will be explored focusing on several transitional periods in life. You will assess your own lifestyle balance, determine threats to it, establish priorities, and set wellness goals. You will also learn ways to apply this information in health promotion for individuals or groups and make links to your own disciplinary field of study.
OSOT 4682 or 4684 DIRECTED STUDY 2 or 4 CR.
Directed study is for students whose unusual circumstances prohibit taking a regularly scheduled course but who need the material of that course to satisfy a requirement. Availability of this learning experience under the direction of a faculty member depends on faculty time and may be limited in any given term and restricted to certain courses. You are limited to one Directed Study in any given department and a total of two. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: Faculty, department chair and dean approval.
OSOT 4952 or 4954 INDEPENDENT STUDY 2 or 4 Cr.
Independent study may be arranged with a faculty member. Also offered in Weekend College. Prerequisites: Faculty and department chair permission.
OSOT 4992 or 4994 TOPICS 2 or 4 Cr.
The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses.
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