Rehabilitation Theory and Practice

Rehabilitation theory, process and practice in physical, social and vocational rehabilitation are examined. Models of rehabilitation are investigated alongside theories and models of health and disability, advocacy and person-centred rehabilitation.

Course code

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Rehabilitation Studies

Course planning information

Course notes

Students must successfully complete all three written assignments and participate in online Stream discussions to pass the course.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Utilise and critique the WHO Model of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a platform for understanding rehabilitation.
  • 2 Define rehabilitation by purpose, practice and process and place it in a historical perspective.
  • 3 Compare the ICF model with other models and theories of health and disability; critique the models and identify their strengths and weaknesses in relation to the practice of rehabilitation.
  • 4 Differentiate among types of rehabilitation by purpose and practice and methods of service delivery by focus of intervention (impairment, function, and/or participation).
  • 5 Identify advantages and disadvantages of various delivery systems in terms of ethics, person-centredness and family engagement.
  • 6 Critique rehabilitation outcome studies in terms of their design and the outcome measures used; identify the most appropriate measures for use relative to a particular rehabilitation need and make a case for utilising that (those) measure(s).
  • 7 Consider the role of advocacy in the field of rehabilitation and propose new approaches/opportunities for advocacy.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 20%
Written Assignment 3 4 30%
Written Assignment 5 6 7 40%
Participation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.




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