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Health and Life Sciences Department of Sport and Health Sciences This distance learning course is designed for UK, EU and international occupational therapists. Occupational therapists need to respond to an ever-changing and challenging practice environment. Through this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to help you transform your own practice and that of the teams within which you work, and increase the influence you have on your organisations. Oxford Brookes already has an excellent reputation and a long and prestigious history for pre-qualifying occupational therapy education. Dorset House, School of Occupational Therapy in Oxford was a pioneering institution in occupational therapy which dates back to the 1930s and became part of the School of Health and Social Care at Oxford Brookes in 1997. Occupational therapists are part of an international community, irrespective of location or culture. E-learning offers accessible, flexible and modern learning methods to meet the expectations of professionals in the 21st century. All students on the course will have different levels of professional knowledge, clinical experience and technical and life skills. We value these differences and believe that students learn best by sharing their experiences and by working collaboratively. The course therefore offers plenty of opportunities for discussion, reflection and joint working, as well as a communal online area for you to contribute to the development of the discipline. Key features of this course include: ? distance learning, with an emphasis on working together in an online community ? the opportunity to explore a specialist area of practice and to apply it through a work-based learning module ? the chance to study with students from different professions ? the development of research skills and the opportunity to undertake primary research. The course normally starts in September (Semester 1). In exceptional circumstances, you may be able to start in January (Semester 2). Please contact the Programme Leader for further information. Course content All your modules will be delivered electronically using 'Brookes Virtual Gateway', an online repository of lectures, handouts, information and learning exercises. Three modules are compulsory for all levels of this course: 1. Occupational Therapy: New Perspectives This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of current perspectives informing contemporary occupational therapy practice. You will explore established and emerging theory and research in the areas of occupation and occupational performance. You will have the opportunity to further understand the evolving discipline of occupational science, considering the factors that contribute to the health and well being of individuals, groups and communities from an occupational perspective. Through the learning activities you will analyse the contexts and influences on occupational therapy practice now and in the future. 2. Mastering Professional Practice This module aims to extend your understanding of professional practice beyond that of competence to one of mastery. Through examining the nature of professional practice, including the concepts and theoretical perspectives of your own profession, you will be able to blend this knowledge with your own experiences to arrive at a new way of knowing and enacting your OT professional role. This module enables you to analyse and debate key theories and issues in the advancement of your professional practice. You will examine developments within occupational therapy and in relation to your own role. You will be supported in the enhancement of self-awareness and personalprofessional growth through the use of strategies that include reflective practice and critical thinking. You will be facilitated in analysing and debating real issues from your practice, using student-centred learning approaches such as online action learning and online group dis
Health and Life Sciences Department of Sport and Health Sciences This distance learning course is designed for UK, EU and international occupational therapists. Occupational therapists need to respond to an ever-changing and challenging practice environment. Through this course, you will gain the skills and knowledge to help you transform your own practice and that of the teams within which you work, and increase the influence you have on your organisations. Oxford Brookes already has an e...