Occupational Therapy

Physical and Institutional Environment

Integrated course, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

Students learn the basic concepts of the physical environment, which encompasses all non-human aspects of the context. Using specific survey tools and observation, they learn to understand and analyse physical environmental factors. You will learn to minimize barriers of the physical environment by means of individual environmental adaptations. These include the provision of aids as well as adaptive procedures. They will be trained in the functioning and use of common tools for the different spheres of life and for overcoming environmental barriers, including assisted communication and the provision of tools to increase mobility, in particular the wheelchair. You will gain basic knowledge about essential institutions of the health and social sector in Austria.

Learning outcomes

In this module, students acquire basic subject-methodological skills to recognise and interpret the interrelationships between the physical and institutional environment and human action, to analyse their beneficial and impeding influences on action competence and, if necessary, to take them into account in the occupational therapy process.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules 1, 3-5, 9-10, 12-13

Assessment methods and criteria

Final oral examination and participation