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OCC3072 - Occupational therapy honours project 1

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: TBA


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


The honours project will be related to community development. Honours students initially will spend two weeks scoping a community-based program. They will continue to be involved with the facility for up to two days per week for the remainder of the semester. Students will identify a researchable question based on the scoping exercise. Then students will write up a study proposal and ethics application related to a community development research question. This unit will provide the students with the opportunity to consolidate their research knowledge and skills.


On completion of this unit the student will be expected to be able to:

  1. demonstrate the relevance of quantitative and qualitative research to occupational therapy practice;
  2. describe & demonstrate qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods relevant to health professional practices and community development;
  3. describe general measurement concepts: levels of measurement, reliability, validity;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of basic statistics: interpretation, normative data;
  5. demonstrate ability to critique and integrate relevant research literature and theoretical material related to research topic;
  6. demonstrate ability to complete a research proposal which includes a literature review, research questions and appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methodology;
  7. demonstrate ability to complete an ethics proposal suitable for submission to an ethics committee; and
  8. demonstrate ability to present and critique research issues in a public forum.


Completion of research proposal (3000 words) and Research ethics application (2000 words): 100%


Successful completion of first and second year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy course units (Semesters 1, 2, 3 and 4); 75% grade point average minimum; and placement in top 10% of current year's BOT class in terms of academic performance.