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HSO303 - Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 2

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H355 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Unit chair:

Kelli Nicola-Richmond

Prerequisite:HBS108, HSO302
Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour Seminar A and 1 x 2.5 hour Seminar B per week


This unit is taught intensively for 5 weeks.


This unit links occupational therapy research and practice. It emphasises accountability in practice and the application of research findings to intervention. Topics addressed in the unit include different ways of knowing; understanding and applying research approaches; personal and professional accountability; documenting and evaluating professional evidence; critical analysis of research findings; reporting and presenting; considering clinical effectiveness versus cost effectiveness; knowledge generation, quality assurance and use of clinical pathways. Students will learn how to articulate evidence-based questions, search for evidence using library databases and critically appraise research data from the perspective of clinical effectiveness and rigor of research approach. Students will also research and present current best practice information relating to occupational therapy in various practice settings and will report their findings about approaches used in specific case scenarios. Teaching methods will include evidence-based practice resource seminars, computer-based seminars and will also draw on experiential learning in fieldwork.


Assessment task 1: Oral presentation 15%

Assessment task 2: Literature review (2000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: EBP case report (1000 words) 35%

Prescribed texts

Law, M. & MacDermid, J. (2014). (Ed.) Evidence-Based Rehabilitation: A Guide to Practice (3rd ed). Thoroughfare: SLACK.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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