SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB926059
Module Leader Katie Thomson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Occupational Therapy
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (2016) promotes delivery of an occupation focused curriculum that incorporates the principles of critical thinking and evidence based practice. This blended learning module enables students to develop both knowledge and practical skills that are integral to the use of occupation to transform lives. Developing a critical understanding of frames of reference that underpin occupational therapy together with the need for evidence based practice are key components of the module. The content also enables students to develop a critical understanding of research and audit together with methodological approaches used within practice.


The syllabus for this module forms two main themes that focus on frames of reference that underpin occupational therapy practice together with the skills and knowledge required for evidence informed practice. Skills in the ability to effectively locate, evaluate and apply the information to practice (using both theory and research) will also form a core part of the syllabus. -360b7 Transformational use of occupation b7 Evidence based practice b7 Methodological approaches used within occupational therapy practice b7 Frames of reference that underpin occupational therapy practice b7 Digital information literacy skills b7 Research, audit and service improvement within occupational therapy practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:Learning outcomes have been mapped to HCPC Standards of Proficiency (2013) in brackets.1. Appraise the complexities of theories and research and apply evidence-informedunderstanding of occupation for professional practice 13.1, 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5, 13.6, 13.7, 13.8 2. Critically evaluate the value of occupation as a tool for transformation 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6, 8.5, 9.6, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9, 9.10, 13.2, 13.3, 13.5, 14.18, 14.19, 14.20, 3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of frames of reference used to underpin occupational therapy practice 12.6, 13.4, 14.16, 14.174. Locate and critically appraise a range of information and evidence to justify and evaluate occupational therapy practice 4.2, 8.6, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 12.7, 13.7, 14.22, 14.23, 14.24,

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module incorporates both lectures and seminars, 12 interactive lectures will introduce students to keynote topics and encourage a dialogue with students where they will be encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills. Seminars will be delivered in a practical format where they will apply frames or reference through class based and simulated learning environments. The use of evidence based practice will be threaded throughout the module drawing on evidence in relation to frames of reference and auditing practice. Module materials will be delivered by academic teaching staff with practice educators invited to join classes where appropriate. A range of learning activities (such as video clips, group work & pre-reading) will be utilised to help students to develop their understanding of the module content and its alignment with the assessment strategy. Strategies such as peer feedback, formative assessment and the use of marking rubrics will allow students opportunities to optimise their ability to achieve the module learning outcomes and adopt a deep and autonomous approach to their learning.

Indicative Reading

AVEYARD, H. SHARP, P. & WOOLIAMS, M. 2015. A beginners guide to critical thinking and writing , 2nd ed, Maidenhead, Open University press, McGraw Hill. CHRISTIANSEN C.H. 2015. Occupational therapy: performance, participation, and well-being . 4th ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack. COLLEGE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS. 2015. Code of ethics and professional conduct , COT, London. CREEK. J. 2010. The core concepts of occupational therapy a dynamic framework for practice. London; Jessica Kingsley. CURTIN, M. 2017. Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation . Seventh edition. Edinburgh; Elsevier. DUNCAN, E. 2009. Skills for practice in occupational therapy. Edinburgh; Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. DUNCAN, E. 2012. Foundations for practice in occupational therapy . 5th ed. Elsevier. HEALTH & CARE PROFESSIONS COUNCIL. 2013. Standards of Proficiency: Occupational Therapy , HCPC, London. HEALTH & CARE PROFESSIONS COUNCIL. 2016. Standards of conduct, performance and ethics , HCPC, London. LEVY, A. SOBOLEV, B. 2016. Comparative Effectiveness Research in Health Services . 1st ed. 2016. [Online]. Boston, MA: Springer US. JOLLEY, J. 2013. Introducing research and evidence-based practice for nursing and healthcare professionals. 2nd edition. Abingdon: Routledge. POLGAR, S. THOMAS, S. 2014. Introduction to research in the health sciences, 6th ed, Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone. POPE, C., MAYS, N. 2006 Qualitative research in health care . 3rd ed. London: Blackwell Publishing. MERIANO, C.,LATELLA, D. 2016. Occupational therapy interventions: function and occupations . 2nd ed. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated. RADMSKI, M. TROMBLY L. 2014). Occupational therapy for physical dysfunction . 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. SCHELL, B., SCHELL, J. 2018 Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy . Second edition. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. WILCOCK, A.A. & HOCKING, C 2015. An occupational perspective of health . 3rd ed. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Transferrable Skills

Networking Negotiation skills Group work Problem-solving Use of electronic resources Time management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Reseach report 3000 words