Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Occupational Therapy
OfferedPeninsula Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Primrose Lentin


For OCC4091, students will continue to spend up to two days per week in the organisation or service area where the research proposal developed in OCC3072 will be implemented. This will involve students undertaking a research project, collecting data, analysing data, writing up results and contextualising the results in relation to pertinent literature and the professional practice context. This will provide the context for students to apply and consolidate advanced research methodology. Students will also continue fieldwork activities during this time.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Synthesise and critically appraise a view of the nature and meaning of occupation, the occupational nature of human beings and the theories and basic principles related to enabling occupation and occupational performance.
  2. Describe different research methodological approaches used in health sciences and occupational therapy research and be skilled at accessing, critically appraising and applying the best available evidence to their everyday practice.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to be reflective, think critically, learn independently and be innovative in their approach to the research project.
  4. Possess appropriate oral, written and information technology skills, including the ability to present a coherent argument, negotiate effectively and manage conflict.
  5. Describe and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods relevant to occupational therapy practice and community development.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of basic statistics and measurement concepts: levels of measurement, reliability, validity, normative data; as well as basic qualitative concepts of rigour, trustworthiness, authenticity and transferability.
  7. Demonstrate ability to critique and integrate relevant research literature and theoretical material related to the research topic.
  8. Demonstrate ability to design a research project suitable for honours level and to write a research project proposal which include a literature review, research aim and/or question/s and appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methodology.
  9. Demonstrate ability to complete an ethics proposal suitable for submission to an ethics committee.
  10. Demonstrate ability to present, critique, evaluate and discuss critique research issues in a public forum.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to complete a written dissertation of 10-12,000 words for quantitative studies and up to 15,000 words for qualitative, including literature review and background information, methodology, results/findings, discussion, evaluation, recommendations and conclusions (OCC4091).


Fieldwork placement: 22 days.


Research thesis (10,000 to 12,000 words for quantitative studies and up to 15,000 words for qualitative) (100%)

Successful completion of 22 day fieldwork placement.
Attendance at 100% attendance of placement and weekly honours seminars, unless a medical certificate is provided.
Submission of fortnightly project reports.

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