Psychosocial and somatic disabilities Part 1
2013-2014 - ERG2001 - 10 ECTS


  • ERG 1011 Anatomy and Physiology
  • ERG 1021 Health and Activity
  • ERG 1041 Participation in Activity

On the basis of

First Year of study

Expected learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is for the student to acquire knowledge about disabilities caused by diagnoses with a high prevalence in the population. Occupational therapeutic treatment, technical aids, testing, evaluation and assessment.

Knowledge : The student will be able to:

  • Account for and explain diagnoses within the fields of neurology, rheumatology and geriatrics with a high degree of prevalence in the population, and describe how these can cause segregation in working life and in participation in society
  • Describe mental illnesses with a high prevalence in the population
  • Describe principles for occupational therapeutic treatment, methods and strategies in case of physical and mental illness, and know the psycho-social and physical working environment factors’ influence on human health and working capacity
  • Account for the importance of technical aids and job-related technical aids in order to make participation in and integration into the labour market and in society possible for individuals with somatic or psychosocial disabilities
  • Describe occupational therapeutic treatment/measures in connection with a reduction of ADL-functions in users

Skills : The student will be able to:

  • Use diagnostic instruments for somatic and cognitive function reports
  • Promote the performance of activity in case of rehabilitation of persons with somatic health problems/ill-health
  • Be able to plan an occupational therapeutic programme of treatment based on a somatic or psychosocial health problem
  • Have acquired knowledge and skills about creative cooperation concerning the development of a creative, innovative idea as an answer to a specific issue/problem

General competence : The student will be able to:

  • Be familiar with documenting written assessments in patient journals; occupational therapeutic objectives, interventions and evaluations during supervision
  • Understand the role of knowledge-based occupational therapy


Pathology, evidence, documentation, occupational therapeutic treatment/rehabilitation, ADL, technical aids

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course uses PBL as a pedagogical method. In this course this means working in basic units in addition to lectures, seminars, papers, skills training, group work and self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examiners

Re-sit examination

Re-sit exam will be conducted according to exam procedures for Bachelor in occupational therapy to be found on the home pages of the university college.

Coursework Requirements

  • Approved obligatory attendance during the course. Obligatory attendance is described in detail in the curriculum and in the course schedules.
  • Idea-lab 24: The student will have participated in Idea-lab 24, which is an idea competition comprising both introductory lectures and interdisciplinary group work. For participation in Idea-lab 24 to be approved, an idea proposal must have been handed in and registered.

Teaching Materials

Bachelor in Occupational Therapy at GUC has resource literature. An overview of updated resource literature can be found on the homepages of the university college. Tutoring in the choice of literature will be given by the course teacher.