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Unit description

Equips students with the knowledge and skills to identify and address significant 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

  • Evaluation in the context of research, quality improvement, accreditation standards, clinical risk and safety, provision of services, needs analysis, assessment, research and policy development 
  • Researching and critically evaluating the empirical literature 
  • Research writing and communication skills 
  • Paradigmatic frameworks of research 
  • Methodology and research design 
  • Approaches to data analysis 
  • Understanding and responding to the values and beliefs of key stakeholders and professional ethics in the design and conduct of practice-based research 
  • 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1conceptualise and prioritise questions of critical concern to professional practiceIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2comprehensively investigate research literature in order to understand and critically evaluate a topic of clinical interestIntellectual rigour
3identify and defend a coherent framework for the conduct of evaluationIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4design a well integrated, effective, coherent and comprehensive methodological approach to addressing questions of critical concernIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5identify, respect and address the values and beliefs of all stakeholders in the design and implementation of an evaluation that is consistent with professional standards of ethical conductIntellectual rigourEthical practice
6prepare an evaluation proposal which is succinct, logical, unambiguous, compelling and well written and researched.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
7evaluate research proposals and reports of professional peers consistent with peer review guidelines employed by academic journals and scholars in occupational therapy.Intellectual rigourEthical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. conceptualise and prioritise questions of critical concern to professional practice
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. comprehensively investigate research literature in order to understand and critically evaluate a topic of clinical interest
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. identify and defend a coherent framework for the conduct of evaluation
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. design a well integrated, effective, coherent and comprehensive methodological approach to addressing questions of critical concern
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. identify, respect and address the values and beliefs of all stakeholders in the design and implementation of an evaluation that is consistent with professional standards of ethical conduct
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  6. prepare an evaluation proposal which is succinct, logical, unambiguous, compelling and well written and researched.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. evaluate research proposals and reports of professional peers consistent with peer review guidelines employed by academic journals and scholars in occupational therapy.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • Any edition is suitable for this unit: Portney, L.G., 2020, Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Evidence-Based Practice, 4th, F.A. Davis, Philadelphia. ISBN: 978-0803661134.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hr (8 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (7 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (9 weeks)
Assessment
Literature review30%
Learning and Assessment Guide10%
Research Proposal60%
Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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