HSO418 - Innovation and Evaluation in OT Practice


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar (Week 1 - 10)
1 x 8 hour conference (Week 11) 


Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


This unit is designed to extend your occupational therapy practice knowledge and skills by contributing to innovation in real practice settings. You will work with occupational therapists to address current issues and challenges in OT services. Through reading, discussion and CloudDeakin resources you will learn about innovation and knowledge translation. Class time will be used to provide orientation and initial guidance in design of your project. You will then participate in up to 80 hours, at times negotiated between students and practice educators, to implement and evaluate your project. The final component of the unit will be a student-led knowledge translation conference.

This unit is one of three 4th year units that support transition into occupational therapy practice. Building on work undertaken in HSO401, you will work individually or as part of a small group to plan and/or design a new and innovative assessment, intervention or program for an occupational therapy service. You will then implement this innovation on a pilot basis, and evaluate the success of the pilot implementation, providing the service with a full report of your project design and outcomes.

You will participate in seminars to plan the projects. At the conclusion of the project, you will present your findings to a class conference and to the host organisation for your project.

Hurdle requirement

  • Must complete all placement requirements
  • Must pass Assessment task 4

Unit Fee Information

Click on the fee link below which describes you: