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OCC2022

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Ted Brown and Dr Primrose Lentin

Synopsis

This unit provides an overview of the skills necessary to critique and evaluate the usefulness, relevance and quality of research evidence related to occupational therapy professional practice. Components of evidence-based practice will be introduced related to occupational therapy. Quantitative and qualitative research methodology approaches that underpin evidence-based practice will also be introduced. You will be guided through the process of how to ask clinically relevant questions, search for evidence, and critically appraise published research studies. The Monash Occupational Therapy Research Evidence Critique Form (MOTRECF) for both quantitative and qualitative studies will be used to evaluate the relevant evidence. The process used to complete a critically appraised paper (CAP) will also be introduced. This will provide the foundation for you to integrate clinically relevant evidence into your daily professional practice as well as providing you with the skills required for analysing the issues dealt with in the scenario-based learning context used in OCC2020, OCC3030, and OCC3052.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

Theme 5: Research

  1. Describe the relevance of research in occupational therapy practice
  2. Describe the role of theory in occupational therapy research
  3. Describe and demonstrate knowledge of quantitative research strategies relevant to occupational therapy practice: research questions, sampling methods, research designs (e.g. experimental designs, quasi-experimental designs, surveys and randomised control trials), data gathering and analysis methods, and criteria for evaluating quantitative research.
  4. Describe and demonstrate knowledge of qualitative research strategies relevant to occupational therapy practice: basic premises, research questions, sampling methods, research approaches and designs, data gathering and analysis methods (e.g. ethnography, grounded theory, individual and group interviews, participant observation, and types of analysis methods), and criteria for evaluating qualitative research.
  5. Describe general measurement concepts: levels of measurement, reliability, validity
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic parametric and non-parametric statistics
  7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of mixed method and evaluation research approaches
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and practices related to research
  9. Exhibit skills related to gathering and interpreting evidence from empirical literature to support professional and clinical practice: formulate a question as well as define and carry out a suitable and comprehensive search strategy
  10. Describe and demonstrate the principles of evidence-based practice and using best evidence available for practice: critical appraisal and levels of evidence
  11. Demonstrate and apply principles outlined in the Monash Occupational Therapy Research Evidence Critique Form (MOTRECF) related to quantitative studies to critique evidence
  12. Demonstrate and apply principles outlined in the Monash Occupational Therapy Research Evidence Critique Form (MOTRECF) related to qualitative studies to critique evidence.

Assessment

Summative tasks:
Data base search strategy for one research question using a variety of data bases (20%)
Quantitative and Qualitative MOTRECF Proforma to appraise a research article (40%)
Short answer test #1 (1 hour) (20%)
Short answer test #2 (1 hour) (20%)

Hurdle tasks:
Attendance at 100% of tutorials, practical skills sessions, and seminars.
Demonstration of professional, courteous and attentive behaviour at all times during tutorial, seminar and practical skills sessions.
Critically appraise components of articles that uses a quantitative research methodology using the MOTRECF format.
Critically appraise components of articles that uses a qualitative research methodology using the MOTRECF format.
Completion of review test questions in tutorial sessions & online.

Workload requirements

Lecture component: 3 hours per week, Tutorial/Practicum component: 3 hours per week, Private study: 4 hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Co-requisites

Must be enrolled in course M3001.