OCCTH 3006 - Advanced EBP in Occupational Therapy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

In this course students will develop advanced skills in searching, appraising and integrating research evidence into practice. Students will work in small groups to evaluate the rigour of a body of research evidence available to answer a contemporary and important question relating to the practice of occupational therapy. After selection and appraisal, rigorous research evidence will be integrated with current clinical knowledge/expertise and contextual factors. Students will be supported to develop, articulate and justify, through written and verbal presentations, evidence-based occupational therapy practice recommendations that identify where changes in practice have or must occur in response to new knowledge. In this course students will have the opportunity to continue to develop and demonstrate effective communication and collaboration, as well as investigative and critical thinking skills.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code OCCTH 3006
    Course Advanced EBP in Occupational Therapy
    Coordinating Unit Sch of Allied Hlth Sci & Prac
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites HLTH SC 2400
    Restrictions Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons)
    Assessment Examination, assignment and continuous assessment tasks
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Daniel Costalonga

    Name: Mr Daniel Costalonga
    Email: daniel.costalonga@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 4, Engineering & Maths Sciences Building
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Collaborate with industry to source evidence aimed at enhancing occupational therapy knowledge and practice
    2 Critically appraise peer-reviewed evidence, to answer clinically oriented and industry-based research questions
    3 In collaboration with industry, design and present recommendations to translate knowledge into clinical practice
    4 Reflect on, and evaluate, team processes in contributing to evidence-based practice
    5 Synthesise evidence-based recommendations to advocate for innovation in occupational therapy practice
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All required readings are available through My Uni
    Online Learning
    There are weekly modules developed in myuni that link theory to skills and knowledge required to apply evidence to practice.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    In person seminars and tutorials are designed to introduce key concepts and then guide students in the process of preparing to present evidence in practice.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    In this course students apply evidence to practice by responding to issues identified by practicing clinicians and consider strategies for evaluation.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Written Assignment  Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5
    Continuous Assessment Formative & Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Examination Summative 30% 1, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    The final assessment is an oral exam in small groups where students pitch to the cohort and industry, an innovative idea/program/finding, based on the evidence, that relates to occupational therapy practice. 

    Continuous Assessment
    Students are allocated to small groups to research a topic that has been identified by industry partners. Students are required to individually source evidence, critique the evidence, and present the evidence to the cohort and industry. Students also complete a written reflection on their own engagement and participation in team processes.

    Students develop evidence-based recommendations for practice that demonstrates collaboration with industry, and clear considerations of opportunities and challenges for implementing evidence in practice with justification. 
    All assessments are submitted through Myuni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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