Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

Occupational Therapy Program

Course Description

OCTH 110 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the core of occupational therapy and its history and development.  The focus of the course is on human occupation as a health need and means of promoting and restoring health.

OCTH 112 Principles and Practice of Occupational Therapy (Cr. 4)

This course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in basic tools of the profession: Occupational Therapy models of practice, activity analysis and adaptation, teaching and learning, the therapeutic relationship, and assessment of occupational function and dysfunction.  A client centered approach is stressed. 

Prerequisite: OCTH 110 and ENGL 120

OCTH 120 Introduction to Health Care (Cr. 3)

This course introduces students to the concepts of health and healthcare and the factors influencing health and healthcare delivery in Palestine.  Local health care systems will be studied.

OCTH 121 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (Cr. 4)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of normal movement and function. Students will be introduced to the study of the musculo-skeletal, circulatory and respiratory systems.  Laboratory sessions in living anatomy will be included.

OCTH 122 Introduction to Neuro-anatomy (Cr. 2)

This course introduces students to the structure and function of the nervous system.  Central, peripheral and autonomic systems will be studied and the material integrated with OCTH 121.

Prerequisite: OCTH121.

OCTH 124 Ergonomics (Cr. 2)

This is a two credit course designed to familiarize the student with the principle and practice of ergonomics, using a client centered PEO model and related approaches. Ergonomics is a subject of growing importance in occupational therapy and one which is relatively new to Palestine. Students will carry out ergonomic assessments in the community and in the university setting. A new and emerging role for occupational therapists is in occupational health with the focus on wellness and the importance of maintaining good mental health at work as highlighted in the centennial vision for occupational therapy. Occupational science has an important relationship with occupational therapy in producing theory and evidence based practice research. It analyses occupation and seeks to identify problems and seek justice. In the final module of this course you will be introduced to this area.

OCTH 210 Physical Dysfunction Theory (Cr. 4)

This course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge to assess and plan occupational therapy intervention for clients with biomechanical problems.  Topics include biomechanics, kinesiology assessment of person, occupational and environment. Evidence- based practice is emphasized.

OCTH 211 Physical Dysfunction Skills (Cr. 4)

This course addresses the skills needed to assess and implement occupational therapy intervention within a biomechanical framework. It includes assessment of performance components such as ROM, and areas such as ADL; mobility skills such as transfers and wheelchair management, and orthotics  


OCTH 212 Neurology Skills (Cr. 4)

This course addresses the skills needed to assess and implement occupational therapy intervention for clients with neurological disorders. It includes sensory-motor and cognitive perpetual assessment, remediation and compensation, ADL assessment and training, assessment and adaptation of the environment. 

Prerequisite: OCTH121, OCTH 122.


OCTH 220 Human growth and development (Cr. 4)

This course aims to introduce the students to a broad concept of the physical, psychological and social dimensions of human growth and development from conception to death. It considers the normal milestones of development and the combination of influences which aid or hinder individuals achieving these goals.


OCTH 221 General Pathology (Cr. 3)

This course aims to provide an understanding of the basic pathological processes and clinical conditions treated by occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Topics to be covered will include infection, inflammation, degeneration, immunity and carcinogenesis.


OCTH 308 Pediatrics Theory   (Cr. 3)

The focus of this course is on pediatrics.  Occupational therapy theory related to neurological, developmental, sensory integrative and learning disorders are covered.  The function and importance of play in normal development and treatment are explored.

Prerequisite: OCTH220


OCTH 309 Pediatrics Skills    (Cr. 4)

This course develops practical skills in the areas covered in OCTH 308.  Students learn skills in the assessment and treatment of children with neurological, developmental, sensory integration and learning difficulties in the home and school environment. Students learn to identify “at risk” infants and children. 


OCTH 310 Neurology Theory (Cr. 3)

This course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge to assess, plan occupational therapy intervention for clients with neurological disorders. Topics will include pathology of disorder such as CUA, head dementia, and assessment of person occupational and environment. Evidence- based practice is emphasized. Prerequisite: OCTH121, OCTH122


OCTH 311 Mental Health Theory (Cr. 3)

This course aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge to assess and treat occupational performance problems related to mental illness, personality and relationship problems, trauma and institutionalization.  The role of the environment and social networks will be emphasized


OCTH 312 Mental Health Skills (Cr. 3)

This course addresses the skills needed to assess and implement occupational therapy intervention for clients with mental health problems. It includes observation and interview based assessments. Group dynamics and group work and stress management.  Personal development and self-evaluation and reflection are important components.


OCTH 313 Community-based Rehabilitation (Cr. 4)

The aim of this course is to emphasis that rehabilitation can best take place in the work and home environment. Students will become aware of community needs and multi-disciplinary care for the whole person.


OCTH 314 Adaptive Equipment Workshop (Cr. 3)

The aim of this course is to enable students to learn how to design and make appropriate furniture, toys and everyday living aids appropriate to the individual needs of persons with disability and to the local situation.


OCTH 330 Teaching and Presentation Skills (Cr. 3)

Students will learn practical skills in the use of media and programs such as PowerPoint and Photo-Shop in order to produce material for teaching, publishing and health education and promotion.


OCTH 353 Health Services Management (Cr. 3)

This course aims to give the students an appreciation of the principles of management related to planning and organization of health services. Topics to be covered will include management of personnel and resources, setting objectives and policymaking.


OCTH 356 Research Proposal Writing (Cr. 3)

This course will develop an understanding of the evaluation process and different research methodologies. Students will develop skills in information retrieval, critical analysis and application of research studies to the health sciences, and develop a research proposal related to occupational therapy.

OCTH 357 Research Seminar (Cr.2)

Following on from research proposal writing the student will implement a small research project. This will entail gathering and analysis data and presenting their study at a seminar at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite: OCTH356


OCTH 401 Clinical Field Work I. Introduction & Observation. (Cr. 2)

This course is an introduction to clinical practice. The emphasis is on observation of occupational therapists assessing and treating clients, practice in interacting with people of all ages and abilities and development of professional behavior.


OCTH 402 Clinical Field Work II.(Cr. 3)

This course provides students with an opportunity to perform specific procedures under the direct supervision of an occupational therapist. The emphasis is an assessment, intervention with clients, specific intervention, and responsibility for overall treatment planning and evaluation      with the therapist. Students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior.

Prerequisite: OCTH401


OCTH 403/404 Clinical Field Work III/IV (Cr. 4, 4)

These courses provide students with opportunities for assessment, goal setting, treatment planning and implementation and program evaluation, under the supervision and guidance of an occupational treatment plans and participate in team meetings.

Prerequisites: OCTH401,402


OCTH 405/Clinical Field Work V (Cr. 5)

The student will complete the occupational therapy process, using the knowledge and skills gathered over the four years. Successful completion prepares the student for the independent placement.

Prerequisites: OCTH 401,402,403,404


OCTH 406 Clinical Field Work VI (Cr.5)

Independent Placement

These courses provide students with opportunities for independent practice in a setting which does not have an occupational therapy department program.  Students are expected to develop a proposal regarding the role of occupational therapy and to provide a comprehensive occupational service appropriate to the needs of the setting. Prerequisites: OCTH 401,402,403,404,405

THEA 301 Theater for Special Purposes (Cr. 3)

This introductory course offers rich theatrical experiences to the needs of a specific discipline, such as Occupational Therapy.

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