Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies used in Occupational Therapy will be presented and critically appraised. Particular emphasis will be given to clinically based methodologies and their application to applied research. Pivotal research in occupational therapy will be critically evaluated. Applied research issues such as ethics and human experimentation, data collection, analysis and report writing will be addressed. Students will complete a proposal for an empirical research project or critically appraise the research foundation of a selected area of clinical practice.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLeeanne Carey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites OCT5OHF or PTY5EHR or equivalent evidence appraisal subject


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSubject Learning Guide and reading material provided onlinePrescribed..
ReadingsDesigning clinical ResearchRecommendedHulley SB et al.LIPPINCOTT, 2001
ReadingsQualitative research in health careRecommendedMays N and Pope C3RD EDN, BLACKWELL, 2006
ReadingsResearch Inquiry in Occupational TherapyRecommendedKielhofner GFA DAVIS, 2006
ReadingsResearch Methods in Health: Foundations of Evidence-based PracticeRecommendedLiamputtong, POXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2010

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Articulate a sound research question and justification for a proposed piece of empirical research in a selected area of occupational therapy

Reading and class-based discussion

02. Evaluate and differentiate appropriate quantitative or qualitative research methodologies that could be used to address the proposed research question

Reading and class-based discussion

03. Identify and evaluate potential strategies for sampling and recruitment strategies, data collection methods, and data analysis approaches appropriate to the proposed research

Reading and class-based discussion

04. Articulate knowledge of the ethical considerations in undertaking human research

Presentation and class-based discussion

05. Identify ethical issues relevant to a proposed piece of empirical research and develop appropriate strategies for addressing them

Reading and class-based discussion

06. Demonstrate advanced skills in oral and written presentation through development and presentation of a proposed piece of empirical research in a selected area of occupational therapy

Oral presentation and ethics application development

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLeeanne Carey

Class requirements

Four 2.0 hours tutorial per study period and delivered via blended.
"8 hours of classroom activities and self-directed research to an equivalent of 36 hours."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,000 word research proposal30 01, 02, 03
3,000 word ethics applicationHurdle: present proposal at research seminar70 01, 04, 05, 06