Course Outline

OCC452 Occupational Therapy Reasoning, Research & Evaluation (Research Pathway)

Course Coordinator:Pamela Meredith ( School:School of Health - Occupational Therapy

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you will learn about occupational therapy reasoning and the role that research and evaluation contribute to reasoning. This course aims to prepare students to apply a range of appropriate health research and evaluation methodologies in professional practice, inclusive of quantitative and qualitative research paradigms. This course provides a foundation for an Honours thesis, and commences a pathway for research and further learning relevant to occupational therapy research.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online large group workshop to supplement learning materials. Workshop 1 is recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Face-to-face small group workshops. Workshop 2 is not recorded. 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Evidence-based practice;
  • Research in occupational therapy;
  • Overview of research methodologies;
  • Appraisal of published papers;
  • The occupational therapy process (OTPF);
  • Occupational therapy clinical reasoning.

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1 Demonstrate understanding of the varying styles of clinical reasoning and analyse how they contribute to the occupational therapy process. Knowledgeable
1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.7
2 Demonstrate understanding of how the various styles of clinical reasoning relate to the service user’s occupational needs using clinical practice cases. Empowered
2.8, 3.7
3 Select relevant information about a service user to create an occupational therapy intervention strategy which considers input from the service user and other professionals. Knowledgeable
2.8, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7
4 Demonstrate engagement with each stage of the occupational therapy reasoning process in written and oral format. Ethical
5 Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, consolidate, and synthesise health research literature to inform recommendations for further research and practice. Creative and critical thinker
2.1, 2.6, 2.8
6 Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods, including various qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods and the associated paradigms. Knowledgeable

* Competencies by Professional Body

Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd
1.3 Maintains professional boundaries in all client and professional relationships
1.4 Recognises and manages conflicts of interest in all client and professional relationships
1.5 Practices in a culturally responsive and culturally safe manner, with particular respect to culturally diverse client groups.
2.1 Applies current and evidence informed knowledge of occupational therapy and other appropriate and relevant theory in practice.
2.2 Applies theory and frameworks of occupation to professional practice and decision-making.
2.3 Identifies and applies best available evidence in professional practice and decision-making.
2.6 Maintains and improves currency of knowledge, skills and new evidence for practice by adhering to the requirements for continuing professional development.
2.8 Reflects on practice to inform current and future reasoning and decision-making and the integration of theory and evidence into practice.
3.2 Performs appropriate information gathering and assessment while identifying a client’s status and functioning, strengths, occupational performance and goals.
3.3 Collaborates with the client and relevant others to determine the priorities and occupational therapy goals.
3.7 Reflects on practice to inform and communicate professional reasoning and decision-making.
4.2 Adapts written, verbal and non-verbal communication appropriate to the client and practice context.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


OCC201 and OCC212 and OCC222 and OCC232 and HLT205 and enrolled in Program SC440 and Research Pathway Students only


Not applicable



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

You will receive ongoing feedback during the weekly tutorials.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 0%
No set word length.
Week 3 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 50%
2500 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral and Written Piece Individual 50%
15 mins
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:A Critical Appraisal of an Occupational Therapy Intervention
To critically appraise the literature on an occupational therapy intervention
Product: Written Piece
Template provided.See Canvas for further information.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Articulates a topic and suitable PICO and demonstrates relevance to topic
Describes an appropriate search strategy and selection process
Application of the McMaster review form or similar for critical appraisal of one piece of literature
Presents discussion based on findings and critical appraisal process. Concludes with key findings. Explains implications for occupational therapy practice.
Meets requirements of assignment presentation, including referencing style, spelling, punctuation and syntax.
All - Assessment Task 2:Honours Research Document
Undertake a literature review demonstrating your ability to critically and systematically review, analyse, consolidate, and synthesise health research to demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methods, apply evidence-based guidelines, and effectively communicate your findings.
Product: Written Piece
The honours research document has two parts: 1) Literature review; and 2) Gantt chart. You are required to submit both sections.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise the literature applying a knowledge of research methods and paradigms to existing research
5 6
Applies critical thinking and judgment in developing an understanding of the topic and identifying key point for use in clinical guidelines
5 6
Presentation and clarity of communication.
All - Assessment Task 3:Individual Presentation
To apply the knowledge, reasoning, and evidence gained through engagement in this course in the context of an intervention plan from a professional, service user, and multidisciplinary perspective.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
An occupational therapy intervention plan is applied to a given case study.
Written intervention plan and pre-recorded video – Week 10; Viva – week 10 or 11 as per schedule
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of theoretical and therapeutic reasoning styles
1 2
Relevance of data sources and evidence
Analysis of evidence with reference to context (conclusions and findings)
Adherence to genre for oral presentation
Adherence to genre for written intervention plan
Quality of communication

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Students should access Canvas for all course requirements. Queries regarding assessment will be addressed on Canvas discussion boards instead of email. Other issues can be discussed with your course coordinator via appointment during designated contact hours as specified on Canvas. You are advised to wear the UniSC Occupational Therapy uniform if you deliver an oral presentation in class.

It is your responsibility as a student to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers, and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study. It is also your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online Health Safety and Wellbeing training module for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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