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OCCT1031 Using Evidence in Occupational Therapy Practice

Module Overview

This module acts as the first stage in becoming and independent practitioner who is able to critically evaluate evidence and potentially add new evidence through scholarly activity at level 4. You will become orientated to evaluation and research in a professional setting and attention is given to you utilising these research skills in other modules throughout the programme. The module introduces you to research skills and practices that will underpin your work and development in both academic and practical contexts. You will be encouraged to apply these skills in order to instigate evidence based practice specifically related to Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapy. There will be opportunities to develop academic skills in critical appraisal and academic writing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to: 1. Identify the importance of appropriate evidence to support professional practice and high quality patient care. 2. Demonstrate academic skills in the areas of searching for, selecting and critiquing evidence in order to enhance knowledge and understanding in practice. 3. Understand basic statistical and qualitative concepts in order to be able to interpret findings presented in journal and conference presentations. 4. Work collaboratively with peers to interpret journal and conference proceedings in order to support clinical reasoning.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the importance of appropriate evidence to support professional practice and high quality patient care
  • Recognise your responsibility in being well-informed about practice (a chosen/specific area) in order to demonstrate safe practice and present a positive professional image
  • 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
  • Work collaboratively with peers to present information within a group, to disseminate information/findings and begin to explain choices
  • Receive and/or give feedback to peers in a respectful, non-judgmental and empowering manner


* Introduction to evidence based practice including an introduction the ethics, moral decision making, compliance, consent and confidentiality. * Introduction to information governance. 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. * 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 * Journal club activities to practice points listed above.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Methods will include: * Emphasis on developing a focused approach to 'tuning in' to the module philosophy and the relevance of scholarly activity. *Short lectures / seminars to introduce concepts and processes. * Self-directed study to prepare for journal club activities * Personal and / or group activities specifically supported by experts eg. library staff

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

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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



Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Analysis  (1500 words) 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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