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Occupational therapy: Professional development in new arenas 7.5 credits

Arbetsterapi: Professionell utveckling för nya arenor
First cycle, A0029H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Occupational Therapy
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language. Basic eligibility and knowledge of occupational therapy theoretical and philosophical basis. Skills in gathering information and ability to describe the clients and their activities. Knowledge of disabilities and contextual impact on activity and participation. Skills in applying and analyzing the working therapeutic agents and methods to promote the ability of activity. Knowledge to synthesize and evaluate concepts, models and evidence on occupational therapy. Knowledge of scientific theory and research methodology. The course requires the following approved courses as prerequisites: A0016H Occupational Therapy: Occupation for health and well-being, 15 credits A0021H Psychology in position to Occupational Therapy 7.5 credits A0027H Occupational Therapy: Pedagogic and supervision in the profession 7.5 credits A0034H Occupational Therapy: Therapeutic strategies, 15 credits A0032H Occupational Therapy: Interventions for occupation and participation I, 15 credits A0033H Occupational Therapy: Interventions for occupation and participation II, 15 credits A0040H Occupational Therapy: A social perspective, 7,5 credits A0035H Occupational Therapy: Application in Practice 1, 7,5 credits A0041H Occupational Therapy: Fieldwork placement 2, 15 credits M0031H Medical Sciende Anatomy and Physiology in position to Occupational Therapy, 15 credits M0037H Medical Science Pathophysiology I in position to occupational therapy, 7,5 credits M0038H Medical Science Pathophysiology II in position to occupational therapy, 7,5 credits

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
In the course, the student will deepen previous knowledge and experience to work on the development of occupational therapy in new arenas based on an entrepreneurial approach. After completing the course the student should, based on the applicable laws and regulations and with scientific and ethical approach, be able to: 
  • Identify organization where occupational therapy can enhance quality in life of people and groups within the organization and contribute to sustainable development in society.
  • Designing an innovative project plan which develops occupational therapy for an organization rooted in an entrepreneurial approach and an organized leadership. The project plan should be based on evidence-based models and methods in occupational therapy as well as specific knowledge in the chosen organization.
  • Show professional competence by implementing the project plan in collaboration with members of the organization and by evaluating and reporting the results by focusing on activity and health for sustainable development in society.
  • Evaluate own professional skills and the profession's responsibility in relation to the development of new organizations.

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Designs, models and methods of the occupational therapy profession
  • Quality Tools
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Leadership and Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Ethical considerations and approach
  • Laws and regulations

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The learning is performed by literature studies as well as clinical work. The student takes responsibility for achieving course objectives by searching and study literature to plan and carry out practical field work in a chosen organization. The students will develop a project plan that guide the work through the course and the work will be continuously discussed at seminars. Learning is based on project methodology in which students work as independent players on the course objectives and the specific project objective in collaboration with teachers, members of the organization, and clients, within the new arena. The project will be implemented in accordance with the profession's code of ethics, the occupational therapy competence descriptions, and with applicable laws and regulations, that govern the arena.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
To pass the course it is required that the student achieved the course objectives by designing, implementing, evaluating and reporting an innovative professional project that may contribute to increased quality in the selected organization. Assessment of the working process occurs continuously during project meetings and seminars and finally of the content of the whole project and of the final project report. Rating criteria are specified in the study guide.

This is a first-cycle course. Study guide is provided in the course room.
Specific entry requirements assume passed course certificates for all required courses.


Maria Prellwitz

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Eriksson, M. (Red) (2015). Salutogenes – om hälsans ursprung. Stockholm: Liber
Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter. (2018). Etisk kod för arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter.
Jacobson, D. (2019). Juridik för legitimerade arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Sveriges Arbetsterapeuter.
Ljung, L. & Jansson, T. (2014). Hemligheten med projektledning. Stockholm: Liber. eller
Eklund, S. (2010). Att arbeta i projekt: individen, gruppen, ledaren. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Lubanski, N., Klæsøe, B. & Johns, L. (2015). Välfärdsinnovation. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB.
Lundberg, T. (2016) Motivationskoden: om modernt ledarskap och varför vi borde gå från Management till Humanagement. Lettland: Roos Tegner.
Reitz, S. M. (2014). Health Promotion Theories. In B. A: Boyt Schell, G. Gillen, & M. E. Scaffa, M. E. (Eds). Willard & Spackman’s Occupational therapy (12ed., 574-587). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Willman, A. (red.) (2016). Evidensbaserad omvårdnad: en bro mellan forskning och klinisk verksamhet. (4., [rev.] uppl.). Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written assignments and seminarsU G VG *7.50MandatoryA17

Syllabus established
by 10 Feb 2017

Last revised
by Anna Öqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Health, Education and Technology 27 Oct 2021