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OTAS 1000 - Foundation Skills of Occupational Therapy Practice

Credit Hours: 1.50

Prerequisites: Admission into the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; HHSC 1030 ,  PHIL 2100 , ENGL 1180  or ENGL 1210 , BIOL 2710 , and PSYC 1010  all with grade C or better

Corequisites: OTAS 1012 , OTAS 1110 , OTAS 1210 , OTAS 1230 , and OTAS 1235  

This course is designed as an introduction to activity and task analysis and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Various activities including crafts and daily tasks are explored for beginning therapeutic application. The course introduces the Occupational Therapy Process and its application as well as the concepts of grading and adapting. Therapeutic activity selection will be emphasized with consideration of the client’s performance skills, performance patterns, client factors, contexts and environment activity occupational demands and their impact to occupation based performance.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Fall Semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of occupation, purposeful activity, activity analysis, and the occupational therapy practice framework.


  1. Identify and articulate the terminology associated with occupation, purposeful activity and activity analysis.
  2. Identify and articulate the role of purposeful activity in occupation based intervention.
  3. Articulate an understanding of the occupational therapy practice framework including the profession’s body of knowledge and occupational therapy process.
  4. Identify and articulate the purpose of an activity analysis and the relationship to meaningful intervention.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate basic skill in activity analysis and its role in therapeutic activity selection and implementation.


  1. Establish basic skill in activity analysis.
  2. Establish basic skill in methods of grading.
  3. Establish basic skill methods of adapting.
  4. Establish recognition of activity/occupational demands.
  5. Establish basic skill in required characteristics of activities.
  6. Establish basic skill in teaching learning concepts and methods of instruction.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate basic skill in the application of therapeutic selection of activity based on the analyzed needs of the client.


  1. Establish basic skill in determining a client’s occupational profile and occupational analysis utilizing case study analysis through application of the practice framework.
  2. Establish basic skill in determining a client’s intervention needs through application of the practice framework.
  3. Establish basic skill in determining necessary considerations for activity/occupational demands.
  4. Establish basic skill in determining required activity characteristics for optimal client engagement and participation.
  5. Establish basic skill in determining therapeutic activity selection based on evidence of performance, diversity, and demonstrated client need.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Introduction
    1. Terminology associated with activity analysis and occupational performance.
    2. The role of activity media and activity analysis in occupation and purposeful activity.
  2. Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
    1. Concept of best practice
    2. Domains of occupational therapy
      1. Body of knowledge
        1. Areas of occupational therapy
        2. Performance skills - motor, process, social interaction
        3. Performance patterns - habits, roles, routines, rituals
        4. Context and environment
        5. Personal, virtual, cultural, physical/social, temporal
        6. Client Factors - values, beliefs, spirituality, body function/structure
        7. Activity/occupational demands
      2. Occupational Therapy process
        1. Evaluation
        2. Occupational profile
        3. Occupational analysis
        4. Intervention
        5. Planning
        6. Implementation
        7. Review
        8. Outcomes
        9. End result
        10. Engagement and participation
        11. Everyday meaningful activity
  3. Activity Analysis
    1. Purpose and format of an activity analysis and the relationship to occupational performance and intervention
    2. Application to various populations, levels of function, disabilities and diversity
  4. Grading and Adaptation concepts and methods
    1. Identification of areas to grade/adapt based on activity analysis
    2. Methods to grade activities/tasks
    3. Methods to adapt activities/tasks
    4. Therapeutic application to various populations, levels of function, disabilities and diversity
  5. Demonstrations/Step‐By‐Step Teaching
    1. Proficiency in “method of instruction”
    2. Variations of teaching/learning
    3. Meeting therapeutic needs through therapeutic use of self.
  6. Therapeutic Activity Selection
    1. Identify activities best suited for individuals that therapeutically address occupational based performance
    2. Use of client context within the selection process
      1. Activities and/or customs that hold significance to a particular ethnic group or individual
  7. Beginning clinical reasoning
    1. Case Study Applications of Occupational Therapy Practice Framework
    2. Identifying and integrating profile analysis
    3. Identifying and integrating client function through occupational analysis
    4. Articulate reasons for occupational dysfunction
    5. Identify Occupational Therapy problems and evidence of dysfunction
    6. Identify general intervention goals
    7. Identify characteristics of therapeutic activity
    8. Identify activities for therapeutic application
    9. Identify intervention activities of purpose
    10. Articulate evidence for intervention and outcomes

Primary Faculty
Seefried, Mariea
Secondary Faculty
Wysocki, Pennie
Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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