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OCCT1031 Using Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice

Module Overview

This module introduces you to evidence in practice and begins to equip you with skills to search for, understand, critique and use different types of evidence in practice. You will: - undertake literature searches and explore the range of literature that can be used as evidence in practice; - develop academic skills in critical appraisal and academic writing; - work collaboratively with your peers to consider how to apply literature as evidence in practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce you to evidence in practice, beginning your knowledge and development of academic skills to enable you to search for and critique academic papers that support and enhance practice.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of appropriate evidence to support practice and high quality service user care.
  • Recognise your responsibility in being well-informed about practice (a chosen/specific area) in order to demonstrate safe, effective practice in line with our professional code of conduct and Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Demonstrate basic academic skills in the areas of searching for, selecting and critiquing evidence (for an area of practice) in order to enhance personal knowledge and understanding of practice.
  • Interpret basic journal and conference findings in order to support clinical reasoning.
  • Understand basic statistical and qualitative concepts in order to be able to interpret findings and consider how they might be applied in practice.
  • Receive and/or give feedback to peers in a respectful, non-judgmental and empowering manner.


- Introduction to evidence in practice, sources of evidence and applying evidence in practice. - How to search for, select and analyse evidence with opportunities to access centralised resources such as library services, study skills websites and online library study skills, and generalised databases and profession specific resources eg RCOT. - Critical appraisal when reading, writing and discussing evidence. - Reading, understanding and using the evidence. - Ethical practice. - Introduction to statistical and qualitative concepts in order to understand published findings in journals, conference proceedings and other such resources. - Introduction to critical/academic writing skills including referencing.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Methods will include: - Short lectures/seminars to introduce concepts and processes. - Self-directed study to prepare for journal club activities. - Individual and/or group activities specifically supported by experts e.g. library staff, module tutors.

Assessment tasks20
Guided independent study35
Independent Study92.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Other. You will be able to access a variety of other resources via the modules blackboard site.

Bell, J & Waters S (2018). Doing your Research Project. 

Hicks,C (2004). Research Methods for Clinical Therapists: applied project design and analysis. 

Robson,C & McCartan, K (2015). Real World Reserach. 

French. S, Reynolds, F & Swain, J (2001). Practical Research: a guide for therapists. 



Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Analysis  (1500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Analysis 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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