Introduction to occupational therapyIntroduksjon til ergoterapi
Study plans 2016-2017 - ERG1001 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The purpose of this course is to give an introduction to occupational therapy, nationally and internationally, and to present and discuss ethical and philosophical issues concerning the science of health. Further to introduce a scientific attitude to the compilation of and processing of data. Innovation in the public sector will be introduced.

Knowledge : The student will

  • Render the tasks and function of health care as well as the challenges and the development of the welfare state.
  • Explain the structure and composition of written papers in higher education.
  • Reproduce basic knowledge about ethics and communication relevant in connection with patients and next-of-kin who have varied backgrounds, traditions and culture.

Skills : The student will

  • Make use of the programme’s pedagogical methods, and learn to use appropriate learning strategies.
  • Reflect on one’s own and the occupational therapist code of ethics when approaching patients/users/clients.
  • Become familiar with and use different methods for compiling and processing data, through use of library and searching for literature in databases.

General competence : The student will

  • Know the history of occupational therapy and describe the occupational function of occupational therapists and their areas of responsibility globally and nationally.
  • Understand the role played by occupational therapists in interdisciplinary cooperation.
  • Recognise and value the values and principles of the professional code of ethics and comply with the duties that follow the pledge of secrecy.


Communication, ethics, health work, occupational therapy

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course uses PBL as the method of learning. This means that the work takes place in basic units in addition to lectures, seminars, writing papers and self-study. During this course students take a week’s observation practice, where they experience different sides of occupational therapeutic activities.

Form(s) of Assessment

Oral presentation

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Oral exam in the form of 3 exams consisting of an oral seminar based on group work within the areas of ethics and communication, the function and structure of health care and the professional function of occupational therapists. All three seminars must receive a passing grade for the course to be awarded a passing grade. Each of the three exams counts equally in the final grade.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Internal assessment, 2 internal examiners

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit in accordance with the exam plan for Bachelor in occupational therapy. Published on the university college’s home page. All three exams must be passed for the course to be awarded a passing grade. In case of failing a discipline, the student is only obliged to retake the seminar related to the failing grade.

Coursework Requirements

Approved obligatory attendance in the course. Details are described in the curriculum and in the schedules.

Teaching Materials

Bachelor in occupational therapy at Gjøvik University College has resource literature. An overview of updated resource literature can be found on the home pages of the university college well ahead of the start of term teaching.

Additional information

The course includes one week of observation practice. This will be conducted in the different practice areas, and seeks to give students a varied experience of the occupational function of occupational therapists.