Research and development in occupational therapy
2013-2014 - ERG3011 - 5 ECTS


  • ERG1001 Introduction to occupational therapy
  • ERG2001 Psychosocial and somatic disabilities Part 1
  • ERG2011 Psychosocial and somatic disabilities Part 2.  Focus on public health and lifestyle illnesses

On the basis of

1., 2. and 3. Term, and on ERG3001 Project management

Expected learning outcomes

The aim of the course is for the student to acquire insight into scientific research within the field of occupational therapy, and into important models for practice like supervision, assessment and intervention. The students will study theoretical perspectives and scientific methods. The course will give the students the opportunity to link theory and practice. Relevant international and national research- and development projects will be presented.

Knowledge : The student will be able to:

  • Recognize the research process in scientific publications within the field of occupational therapy, have insight into different movements in the philosophy of science, and be able to account for how these influence our perception of reality
  • Have a knowledge of science and scientific methodology and be able to assess the importance of research results for one’s own studies
  • Have a critical attitude to knowledge in general, and especially to scientifically based knowledge
  • Understand the connection between method, issues and research questions and show insight into the research process, the strategy, the design and choice of method, the collection of data, the adaption and editing and the reporting
  • Think globally, act locally 

Skills : The student will be able to:

  • Make use of research reports and research results in his/her profession of occupational therapy
  • Argue actions academically to colleagues, other professionals and to employers
  • Explain a salutogenetic approach to health

General competence : The student will be able to:

  • Show insight into and understanding for research-ethical issues with a focus on informed consent, security and confidential data
  • Understand the importance of attending to human dignity and human rights within the field of research and professional development
  • Show respect for the integrity, freedom and self-determination of other persons and attend to requirements of confidentiality


  • Current research and development work within the field of occupational therapy
  • the philosophy of science, research methods and research ethics

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course uses PBL as a pedagogical method. In this course this means working in basic units in addition to lectures, seminars, project work and self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Evaluation of Project(s)

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

The students complete in groups a project in a mini-format in their basic unit.

This project is to be presented to their fellow-students (opponents) and to the internal examiners during a seminar. Assessment of the project will be based on the quality of the report, the presentation and on the critical comments from the fellow-students.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

2 internal examiners

Re-sit examination

Re-sit for the project work will be conducted according to exam procedures for Bachelor in occupational therapy to be found on the home pages of the university college. At the re-sit exam the students will be allowed to use possible collected empirical data, but will have to write a new research report. The re-sit can take place individually or in groups, according to the student preference

Coursework Requirements

Approved obligatory attendance during the course. Obligatory attendance is described in detail in the curriculum and in the course schedules.

Teaching Materials

Bachelor in Occupational Therapy at GUC has resource literature. An overview of updated resource literature can be found on the homepages of the university college. Tutoring in the choice of literature will be given by the course teacher.

Additional information

Empirical data in connection with the project may only be collected at the university college.