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OT3001 - Occupational Therapy Independent Study

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Available to level 3 and above Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy IHCAP students. Other students enrolled in Occupational Therapy with recognised prior learning as approved by the Head of Occupational Therapy including other health postgraduate students.

This subject aims to consolidate students' skills in evidence based practice, including the ability to formulate answerable clinical questions, develop effective search strategies and critically appraise the research literature. Students will learn how to be critical consumers of the research literature. Additionally they will be introduced to the skills required for knowledge translation (transfer of quality evidence into actual practice).

Learning Outcomes

  • formulate an answerable clinical question related to OT practice;
  • develop effective search strategies to explore the evidence surrounding an OT topic;
  • critically appraise the research evidence using appropriate appraisal tools;
  • create a knowledge translation policy brief suitable for current OT practice.
Prerequisites: HS2401 AND HS2402 AND HS2403 AND (OT2013 OR OT2003) AND (OT2014 OR OT2004) AND (OT2015 OR OT2006 AND RH2001) AND RH2002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Trish Wielandt
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - literature searches, literature appraisal
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: assignments (20%); undertake a critical appraisal of 10-15 articles, surrounding an ot topic using an approved data extraction tool to evaluate the quality of the evidence (40%); develop a knowledge translation policy brief (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must attend and participate in 80% of all workshops. Students must pass each assessment piece to pass this subject.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.