Course Descriptions OCCU 5504   Graduate Reading
CREDIT HOURS: 4
See OCCU 5501.

OCCU 6001   Enabling Occupation III: Neurotherapeutics
CREDIT HOURS: 5
This course will build upon the practice knowledge and skills developed in Enabling 1 and Enabling 2 by introducing the student to the neurological and cognitive aspects of occupational performance across the lifespan. Focus will be on occupational therapy processes of practice with clients experiencing complex occupational performance issues.
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site lecture/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 6002   Social Influences on Occupational Performance
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course explores the ways occupational meaning, engagement and performance are shaped by 'social location' - the experiences, values, assumptions, expectations that arise out of such factors as our race, class, gender, sexual orientation, culture, age, ability/disability. We explore how these factors affect therapy and occupation for both clients and therapists.TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site seminar
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 6006   Applied Research for Occupational Therapists
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This is the major project course for the entry-level Master of Science (Occupational Therapy) program. You will choose from possible topics presented by faculty members, or identify your own topic related to occupation or occupational therapy. Guided by the course instructor and a faculty content supervisor you will conduct an in-depth analysis of evidence on your topic. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT: Lecture
FORMAT COMMENTS: Onsite, Brightspace, Seminars, Team meetings with faculty member and group seminars.
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: Acceptance into the MSc(OT) program
EXCLUSIONS: OCCU 6000 and OCCU 6600

OCCU 6013   Advanced Practice Issues
CREDIT HOURS: 4
This course builds skills in critical analysis, evidence-based professional reasoning, presentation, and synthesis of previous knowledge into current practice. Using current issues in health and occupational therapy practice, the required exercises of reflecting, reasoning, determining a personal perspective and developing a plan of action strengthens current and life-long learning patterns. Integration seminars will be used to support the acquisition of these outcomes. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
FORMAT: Seminar
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site lectures/discussion/skills lab
LECTURE HOURS PER WEEK: 2
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 6003

OCCU 6111   Fieldwork III
CREDIT HOURS: 6
Students focus on developing competence and confidence in the full process of practice with clients experiencing complex occupational performance issues. Occupational therapist preceptors provide periodic or occasional coaching. The course consists of eight weeks of full-time fieldwork learning in Canada or internationally, or with an off-site occupational therapist preceptor in Atlantic Canada, following orientation in the academic setting.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Eight weeks of full-time fieldwork learning in Canada or an international site
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 6140   Neuroscience for Occupational Therapy
CREDIT HOURS: 6
This course provides students with the foundational neuroscience knowledge and application of human neuroanatomy and neurophysiology concepts for occupational therapy practice. Emphasis will be placed on functional neuroscience of brain systems experiencing common neurological challenges, and involves work in microanatomy, gross anatomy, and neurophysiology of the brain and spinal cord.
FORMAT COMMENTS: On site lecture/lab/seminar
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 6222   Fieldwork IV
CREDIT HOURS: 6
The course consists of eight weeks of full-time fieldwork learning in Canada or internationally, or with an off-site occupational therapist preceptor in Atlantic Canada, following orientation in the academic setting. During this final fieldwork learning experience students focus on consolidating and refining core competencies, reflecting on practice, and seeking new challenges with minimal guidance from preceptors. Students become independent in working with individual, group and organizational clients. By completion of this course they demonstrate clinical confidence and consistency in making sound professional decisions and judgments in preparation for entering professional practice.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Eight weeks of full-time fieldwork learning in Canada or international site
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 6501   Special Topics in Health, Healthcare, and Social Services
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This on-line seminar course is an intensive examination of a selected substantive issue in health, well-being, healthcare and social services. Particular attention is given to practice, policy, economic and/or sociocultural issues that arise in diverse contexts. The specific topic differs from year to year, consult the School prior to registration. TECHNOLOGY: 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 6502   Special Topics: Advance Data Analysis
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This online course focuses on the theories, techniques and issues of data analysis. It is aimed at graduate students who are ready to begin data analysis. Having data to use in the course is preferable, but not necessary. The focus on qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods analysis varies by year. 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 the instructor

OCCU 6503   Advancing Vocational Rehabilitation Through Critical Occupational Analysis
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This online course develops the skills to apply and critically analyze the practice of vocational rehabilitation. Students will utilize their knowledge of enabling occupations to critique the current vocational rehabilitation processes presented in the literature. The outcome will be advanced knowledge to develop a client-centered, interdisciplinary practice in the field. TECHNOLOGY: 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 6504   Measuring Health Outcomes
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 7-week online course provides students with the opportunity to: (a) understand how outcome tools are developed; (b) determine if tools generate accurate, consistent and meaningful measures; and (c) appreciate how tools are constructed to generate reliable, valid, and sensitive measures. A comfort with reading and assessing statistics is helpful. TECHNOLOGY: 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 6506   Practice Management for Occupational Therapy
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Exceptional leadership and management capabilities are required by occupational therapy practice leaders. This course will prepare students to identify and reflect on issues, as well as problem solve potential solutions to practice management challenges.
FORMAT COMMENTS: Distance, on line
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field by permission of the instructor

OCCU 6507   Critical Perspectives on Inequities
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 12-week online course examines social inequities in what people do every day to occupy life, including work, leisure, health services utilization and schooling. Using an occupational science lens, and critically examining issues of diversity, this course examines the implications of everyday inequities for health and well-being. TECHNOLOGY: 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 6508   Chronic Condition Management
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 12 week online course consists of an examination of substantive issues of concern related to chronic condition management. In this course students will critically analyze a range of issues including: contexts for care; models of chronic care; practice-based approaches; tools and intervention strategies; quality and safety; and organizational change TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and special student -Graduate Studies, Students by permission of the instructor.

OCCU 6509   Aging and Continuing Care
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This 12-week online course focuses on older adults, their inclusion and participation in occupations (that is, the things they want to do, need to do, and are expected to do), and the continuing care policies and services that support their every day lives. TECHNOLOGY: Consult http://www.dal.ca/ilo for current technology requirements
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and special student -Graduate Studies, Students by permission of the instructor.

OCCU 6510   Occupational Science Theory: Doing, Being, Belonging, Becoming
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This is a foundational course in occupational science that critically examines current theoretical and conceptual models informing occupational science and the evidence supporting human occupation. Course content will be used to explore and critique contemporary theoretical models and constructs that have evolved within the occupational science literature and related interdisciplinary fields that inform occupational science. This course provides students with the opportunity to examine humans as occupational beings, the relationship between occupation and social phenomena (e.g., well being, equity, sustainability), as well as consider how occupational science theories, models and constructs may be used to address contemporary social issues. This course will encourage students to apply occupational science theories, models and constructs to analyze contemporary social issues facing society as well as to develop new insights and potential solutions to respond to them.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor

OCCU 6511   Research Methods and Literacy
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course provides an introduction to theories and epistemologies underpinning qualitative and quantitative research methods, and examines how these perspectives frame a research problem, methodological approach, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination. A range of naturalistic and experimental research methodologies and methods, common to the study of human occupation, will be introduced. Goals of the course are to be able to apply knowledge to appraising the research literature and to developing proficiency in designing and pursuing research projects. Students will have the opportunity to explore perspectives and methodologies relevant to their own research. Please note that while you may use the assignments you develop in this course as a basis for developing a research proposal for your graduate degree or professional environment, assignments for this course must satisfy the requirements of this course and may not be completely transferrable to other contexts.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6512   Social Inequities in Everyday Life
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course aims to introduce students to empirical evidence and theoretical arguments concerning social inequities in everyday life and occupations. In occupational science, ‘occupation’ refers not to jobs but to all meaningful activities with which people occupy themselves, including work and education, care for self and others, leisure, and activities through which people connect with themselves and each other. We will explore the meaning of power, privilege, oppression and subordination, for how and why people participate in occupations, to what effect.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.

OCCU 6513   Putting Knowledge to Use
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The course examines the best ways to move research findings forward to affect practice, policy, and action. Examining knowledge translation, implementation science frameworks and knowledge mobilization, students will interrogate how to get occupational science evidence taken up by people and organizations that can put it to practical use. Students will prepare a knowledge translation plan based on their expertise from course assignments and projects.
FORMAT: Online Delivery
PREREQUISITES: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.
RESTRICTIONS: Open to graduate students and Special Student-Graduate Studies in any field, by permission of instructor.