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OT3001 - Occupational Therapy Independent Study

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
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.

Subject Assessment

  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Briefing paper - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Proposal - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties; pass every assessment item; participate in at least 80% of scheduled workshops.

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 25-Mar-2021
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Trish Wielandt.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 16 hours - literature searches, literature appraisal
  • 26 hours online workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.