Course Descriptions OCCU 5000   Theories of Occupation, Enabling & Justice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course explores and analyzes the theories, practice models and frames of reference that are foundational to the occupational therapist’s view of occupation, participation, occupational performance, enabling occupation, and occupational justice. Consistent with the School’s educational philosophy of experiential learning, the class format includes but is not limited to small and large group discussions, case scenarios, presentations, labs, and written assignments. Students are expected to engage in creative problem solving and critical and reflective analysis when completing assignments and participating in class and laboratory discussions. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Lab

FORMAT COMMENTS: Onsite, mixed methods, lab, Brightspace
PREREQUISITES: Admission to the MSc (OT) program, or SSGS (Special Student Graduate Studies) status by permission of the instructor

OCCU 5003   Dimensions of Professional Practice
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is designed to prepare students for professional practice. Emphasis is placed on the importance of professional behaviours, ethical and legal issues that arise in the healthcare context, and professional reasoning required to begin professional practice in fieldwork experiences. Through a variety of experiences and with a professional perspective, students will expand their current knowledge about occupation, and integrate theory and knowledge from co-requisite and prerequisite courses to issues that are representative of current occupational therapy practice.TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site, mixed methods, Brightspace, skills lab
PREREQUISITES: Admission to the MSc (OT) program, or SSGS (Special Student Graduate Studies) status by permission of the instructor.

OCCU 5004   Occupational Assessment and Occupational Analysis
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Students will (a) explore fundamental concepts, processes and strategies to assess and analyze a client’s occupational performance and engagement; (b) learn to select, conduct, and interpret formal and informal assessment approaches when evaluating the person, environment, occupation fit; and (c) critically review how assessment methods are employed to elicit a comprehensive understanding of the client's occupational needs.
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site, mixed methods, Brightspace, skills lab
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of all MSc(OT) program courses in the previous semester, previously approved Special Student - Graduate Studies (SSGS) status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor.

OCCU 5006   Wellness and Inclusion by Design and Technology
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In this course students learn the principles and best-practice application of environmental design and technology to enable occupational well-being, participation and inclusion in the public and personal sectors. Through practical projects in environmental design, technology and community development, and application in laboratory sessions, students develop skills in evaluating, designing and promoting the reachability, usability and accessibility of the built and social environment which has a profound effect on the choice and opportunities we have in engaging in meaningful occupations in everyday life.TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements.
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site, mixed methods, Brightspace, skills lab
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of all MSc(OT) program courses in the previous semester, previously approved Special Student - Graduate Studies (SSGS) status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor

OCCU 5010   Advanced Studies on Enabling Occupation
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 12 week course will facilitate advanced critique on research and theories on occupation, and on processes on enabling change in individuals, environments and systems. Drawing on empirical, interpretive, and critical social sciences, students will explore the key issues and literature relating to occupation and occupational therapy, particularly focusing on the three areas of concentration for the post-professional MSc program: Foundations, Evaluation, and Systems Organization. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Qualified Occupational Therapists and permission by instructor

OCCU 5011   Enabling Occupation 1: Mental Health
CREDIT HOURS: 5
This course introduces students to the occupational therapy process of practice used in relation to the personal and environmental factors of individuals who are experiencing mental health problems. Classroom sessions will focus on learning the background knowledge required, while skill development laboratory sessions will focus on the development of practice skills such as establishing the therapeutic relationship, identifying person and environmental factors affecting occupational performance and engagement, and determining appropriate occupational therapy intervention approaches. Integration seminars will be conducted to make connections between content from all courses explicit and to clearly indicate to students how content relates to the acquisition of competencies for the profession. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: Lecture and Lab
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
LAB HOURS PER WEEK: 4
PREREQUISITES: Admission to the MSc(OT) program, or previously approved special student status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Admission to the MSc(OT) program
EXCLUSIONS: OCCU 5001

OCCU 5012   Health Conditions, Pharmacological Management and their Effect on Occupational Performance
CREDIT HOURS: 4
This course examines the relationship between medically-defined health conditions and occupational engagement and performance across the lifespan. Students will be able to describe health conditions and analyze their impact on occupations in daily life. The knowledge base developed will be in the etiology, medical classification and diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis of common mental and physical conditions, and how they affect body function and structure and performance of daily occupations. Knowledge about conditions drawn from various medical specialties will be synthesized with occupation- specific knowledge. Relevant information on how contemporary drug therapies for various health conditions can affect clients receiving occupational therapy will be covered. Students will be expected to engage in self-directed inquiry and consider the cultural construction of health conditions.TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site, mixed methods, Brightspace
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Admission to the MSc(OT) program, or previously approved special student status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Admission to the MSc(OT) program
EXCLUSIONS: OCCU 5002 and OCCU 6130

OCCU 5015   Enabling Occupation 2: Musculoskeletal Therapeutics
CREDIT HOURS: 5
This class builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 1, Fall term, by introducing students to the biomechanical aspects of occupational engagement and performance. The focus of the course will be on occupational therapy processes of practice (e.g., assessment, intervention, documentation) with clients experiencing occupational engagement and performance issues that are related to musculoskeletal impairments.
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site, mixed methods, Brightspace, skills lab
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
LAB HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of all MSc(OT) program courses in the previous semester, previously approved Special Student - Graduate Studies (SSGS) status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor
EXCLUSIONS: OCCU 5005

OCCU 5017   Research Approaches and Evidence-based Practice for Occupational Therapists
CREDIT HOURS: 4
This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research paradigms, as well as broad considerations for legitimate sources of evidence for occupational therapy practice. Entry-to-practice occupational therapists are expected to be astute consumers of research and understand the implications of research findings and evidence as it relates to clients’ occupational performance and clinical practice. This course will expose students to frequently used research methods, study designs and sampling considerations. Students will be expected to demonstrate critical appraisal skills, integration of research and evidence findings and how these can influence clinical decision making. Students will also be exposed to knowledge translation principles and practices, as well as strategies for implementation of knowledge translation in daily practice. This course prepares students for the OCCU 6000 Applied Research course. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site, mixed methods, Brightspace
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 3
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of all MSc(OT) program courses in the previous semester, previously approved Special Student - Graduate Studies (SSGS) status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor
RESTRICTIONS: Admission to the MSc(OT) program
EXCLUSIONS: OCCU 5007 and OCCU 5041

OCCU 5030   Advanced Research Theory and Methods for Occupational Therapists
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 12-week online course provides an introduction to the theory and epistemology underlying qualitative and quantitative research methods. It then focuses on the development and application of these approaches to develop proficiency in designing a research proposal, giving particular attention to epistemology, methodology, and ethical considerations. TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements. Other software may be required at the discretion of the instructor.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 5040   Identity and Transitions
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 7-week online course explores mechanisms and theories of identity construction with particular focus on transitions resulting from life circumstances or other factors. During the course students will reflect on how multiple aspects of identity inform each other, examining self-perception in the context of transitions. TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Students-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor

OCCU 5041   Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course covers key issues in the the Master of Science (Occupational Therapy – Post Professional) program. The course provides students with the opportunity to examine and critique evidence-based practice and its application to occupational therapy. Using readings, exercises, and discussion, students analyze the principles underlying evidence-based practice, learn methods to critically appraise the literature, and integrate these methods into occupational therapy practice. The Master of Science (Occupational Therapy – Post Professional) course is a 12-week online course. TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements.
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site and distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Admission to the MSc (OT) or MSc (OT–Post-Professional) program. Other Graduate Students or SSGS (Special Student Graduate Studies) status by permission of the instructor. Students enrolled in the MSc (OT) program must have successfully completed all program courses in the previous semester.

OCCU 5042   Community Development for Occupational Therapists
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 7-week online course focuses on community development as a distinct domain of practice. The course uses a community-focused experiential learning process to enable participants to understand their own communities and professional behaviours in relation to community development. Readings and assignments are used to encourage experience, reflection, and personal integration. TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor

OCCU 5043   Program Evaluation for Occupational Therapists
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This is a required course in the Masters of Science (Occupational Therapy) program AND the Practice Leader Stream of the Masters of Science (Occupational Therapy – Post Professional) program. Post-Professional students enroll in the on-line only section. The course develops knowledge and skills in program evaluation through critical appraisal of key issues and challenges facing occupational therapy practitioners. The course provides an overview of the key phases and issues in program evaluation. TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technologies.
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site and distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Admission to the MSc (OT) or MSc (OT–Post-Professional) program, or SSGS(Special Student Graduate Studies) status by permission of the instructor. Students enrolled in the MSc(OT) program must have successfully completed all program courses in the previous semester.

OCCU 5050   Public Dialogue on Occupations and Enablement
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This online course examines how to communicate and disseminate scholarly and professional work to audiences in various contexts. Students critically reflect on current knowledge translation frameworks to develop communication strategies and products such as public presentations and publishable manuscripts they can present to targeted audiences in their respective fields. TECHNOLOGY & SOFTWARE: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor

OCCU 5112   Fieldwork I
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The students gain first hand experience of the personal and environmental factors that influence occupational development, participation and engagement of individuals/groups in this first part-time, community-based fieldwork learning experience. Students participate in community programs and reflect in small group tutorials with licensed occupational therapists to link their fieldwork experiences to their growing professional knowledge. Course learning objectives, integrated with learning opportunities available at community organizations, provide structure for developing the core professional skills of professional behaviors/responsibilities and communication. Students also have the opportunity to learn observation skills, professional/clinical reasoning, peer learning and feedback, self-directed learning and collaboration skills. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: 12 weeks part-time in Nova Scotia site, mixed methods, BLS
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of all MSc(OT) program courses in the previous semester, previously approved Special Student - Graduate Studies (SSGS) status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor
EXCLUSIONS: OCCU 5111

OCCU 5222   Fieldwork II (337.5 hr) (May – June)
CREDIT HOURS: 6
Students focus on the broad scope of occupational therapy practice in mental and physical health settings. There is a focus on rural health in this course. Students develop a clear professional identity and learn to describe and justify their professional reasoning through the full process of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapist preceptors provide supervision, direct, concrete feedback and frequent coaching sessions.TECHNOLOGY: Access to internet and e-mail is strongly recommended during fieldwork courses.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Eight weeks of full-time fieldwork learning in Atlantic Canada
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of all MSc(OT) program courses in the previous semester, previously approved Special Student - Graduate Studies (SSGS) status from the School of Occupational Therapy and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or by permission of instructor

OCCU 5501   Graduate Reading
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In a reading course, the student works with a full-time, part-time, or an Adjunct faculty of Dalhousie’s School of Occupational Therapy, who is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The student and faculty member submit a discussion schedule and planned assignments and grading criteria for approval by the School’s Graduate Program Committee. Available in all four terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer), the goal is for an individual graduate student to design, critique, debate, and complete a program of reading on a selected topic or area.
NOTE: Course Details listed here also apply to OCCU 5502/OCCU 5503/OCCU 5504.
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor

OCCU 5502   Graduate Reading
CREDIT HOURS: 3
See OCCU 5501.

OCCU 5503   Graduate Reading
CREDIT HOURS: 3
See OCCU 5501.