Unit description

Equips participants with the tools to identify and address fundamental questions concerning occupational therapy practice. Develops competencies in generating practice based evidence in order to better address the occupational performance needs of a variety of population groups and to guide assessment, intervention, policy development and clinical decision making.

Unit content

Topic 1: Development of an evaluation question derived from actual fieldwork experiences 
Topic 2: Evaluation in the context of research, quality improvement, accreditation standards, clinical risk and safety, provision of services, needs analysis, assessment, research and policy development 
Topic 3: Researching and critically evaluating the empirical literature 
Topic 4: Research writing and communication skills 
Topic 5: Paradigmatic frameworks of research 
Topic 6: Methodology and research design 
Topic 7: Approaches to data analysis 
Topic 8: Understanding and responding to the values and beliefs of key stakeholders and professional ethics in the design and conduct of practice based research 
Topic 9: Research and evaluation infrastructure

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (8 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 x 2 hours (8 weeks)
Literature review20%
Research Proposal70%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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