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OCCT3030 Research in Occupational Therapy 3 (Research Project)

Module Overview

The module acts as the advanced stage in you becoming independent practitioner who is able to critique evidence and your own practice, and potentially add new evidence where appropriate through scholarly activity at BSc (Hons) level 6. The intention is to explore research in more depth in order to advance and consolidate your academic and research skills. You will have opportunity to build on research skills established at level 5 and to take part in (multi) disciplinary research and scholarship which underpins good practice. We believe that HCP’s should be able to confidently articulate how research informs practice therefore the module will adopt a research-led learning approach which builds on previously learnt research skills and methods, and continues to immerse you in ‘real’ research projects and/or activities. You will further extend your academic skills in the area of critical appraisal of evidence based practice in the light of your increasing portfolio of practice experience. You will have opportunity to strengthen your academic skill in problem solving, critical appraisal and writing academically. Self-directed learning skills will be enhanced through the use of a large group lectures and seminars, Action Learning Groups (ALG) and individual supervision. The intention is for you to confidently manage your own learning independently and for you to make appropriate links to profession specific modules at level 6. With the support of your supervisor (who is also your ALG group lead) you will undertake a piece of research within the area of Occupational Therapy practice developed from your research proposal that was completed at level 5. This will involve one of the following research project styles: 1) Empirical Research, 2) Literature Review or 3) Practice Inquiry. Based on your research topic and type of project, you will choose which journal format is most appropriate to use to write up your research.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of evidence informed practice and accept responsibility to contribute to its development in a robust, creative manner which adheres to the principles of ethical practice
  • Actively seek, critically evaluate and generate a range of information and evidence to justify Occupational Therapy practice and ensure that it is informed, current and relevant
  • Select, justify and implement research designs, methods, analysis and ethics appropriate to research in occupation and Occupational Therapy
  • Work collaboratively with peers, being prepared to support and challenge evidence from practice and wide ranging literature sources
  • Disseminate research findings in a variety of appropriate and innovative ways within (and possibly beyond the profession), including presentations, publishable article and conference attendance
  • Aspire to excellence in use of self as a ‘professional in training’, showing insightful integration of skills, knowledge and attitude and utilising effective methods of reflection and personal development planning


• opportunity to develop and enhance research skills in area of critique, evaluation and academic writing • compare and contrast evidence-based practice with examples that best illustrate effective Occupational Therapy practice, taking account of ethics, strength of evidence, moral issues and safe effective interventions • carry out an in-depth investigation of an area of occupation and Occupational Therapy within a specific project style (i.e. empirical research, literature reviewing or practice inquiry) • personal and professional responsibilities in practice, including underpinning practice with appropriate/up-to-date evidence, presenting positive values and an appropriate professional image in preparation for the transition from student to employable, qualified practitioner • critical appraisal of personal performance and the performance of others, providing feedback to peers in a respectful, non-judgmental and empowering manner • designing and using appropriate peer feedback processes to critically appraise self and others contribution to Action Learning Sets, adopting effective recording methods

Special Features

Links to profession specific modules, community projects, placement experience at level 5/6 to further establish the relevance of scholarly activities in promoting a confident approach to exploring evidence base practice. Self-directed learning, reflexivity and peer review will ensure that all students (mixed ability) will be able to build on previous experience and take part at this level, whatever your background and experience.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The methods will include: • Large group lectures/seminars to introduce generalisable concepts and processes • Smaller Action Learning Groups to complete given tasks and take part in reflexivity and peer review processes • One-to-one supervisory sessions to develop your specific project ideas • Self-directed learning and preparation in order to make choices and present outcomes to peers

Follow-up work40
Completion of assessment task80
Project supervision2
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Wider reading or practice175
Total study time375

Resources & Reading list

Field A (2018). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS. 

Love K (2012). Ethics in social research. 

Chang H, Ngunjiri FW & Hernandez KAC (2012). Collaborative autoethnography. 

O'Leary Z (2009). The essential guide to doing your research project. 

Spry T (2011). Body, paper, stage: writing and performing autoethnography. 

Goodson I, Short NP & Turner L (2013). Contemporary British Autoethnography, Studies in Professional Life and Work.. 

You will be able to access coursework/content and assessment guidelines/requirements and other shared resources related to research skills through the module Blackboard site. It is essential that you make maximum use of library services to explore chosen topics and access the following texts/books.. 

Hicks C (2009). Research methods for clinical therapists: Research Methods for Clinical Therapists: Applied Project Design and Analysis. 

Braun & Clarke (2013). Successful qualitative research: A practical guide for beginners. 

Gubrium A & Harper K (2013). Participatory visual and digital methods. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Journal Article 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Journal Article 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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