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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

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.

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

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

  1. conceptualise and prioritise questions of critical concern to professional practice
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    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  2. comprehensively investigate research literature in order to understand and critically evaluate a topic of clinical interest
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  3. identify and defend a coherent framework for the conduct of evaluation
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  4. design a well integrated, effective, coherent and comprehensive methodological approach to addressing questions of critical concern
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  5. identify, respect and address the values and beliefs of all evaluation stakeholders in the design and implementation of an evaluation and consistent with professional standards of ethical conduct
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA7:
  6. prepare an evaluation proposal which is succinct, logical, unambiguous, compelling and well written and researched.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  7. evaluate research proposals and reports of professional peers consistent with peer review guidelines employed by academic journals and scholars in occupational therapy.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

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