Bachelor thesis in occupational therapy
2013-2014 - ERG3901 - 20 ECTS


  • ERG3021 Public health and universal design
  • ERG3031 Occupational therapy in society

On the basis of

All previous courses in the program

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge : The student will be able to:

  • Present realistic aims for a research project
  • Explain different types of research design and research methodology
  • Have insight into ethical aspects of research issues

Skills : The student will be able to:

  • Complete a major independent scientific thesis within the field of occupational therapy
  • Use principles of research methodology
  • Make use of a systematic search for scientific literature
  • Critically assess and make use of published research results that are relevant to the research question
  • Present a scientific material in a professional way through oral presentation and in a written thesis.

General competence: The student will be able to:

  • Study a set topic in an in-depth way within the field of research in occupational therapy
  • Through the roles of opponent and respondent show an ability for critical assessment and the ability to argue one’s own opinions
  • Use relevant professional terminology
  • Understand knowledge-based practice
  • Understand the importance of innovation and creativity


  • Research design
  • Research methodology
  • Research ethics
  • An occupational therapeutic approach
  • A systematic search for and use of research literature
  • Knowledge-based practice

Teaching Methods

PBL (Problem Based Learning)

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The programme uses PBL as a pedagogical method. In addition to basic units this implies among other things: lectures, seminars, being an opponent, self-study and simulation.

There will be allowed for up to 6 hours of tutoring for the bachelor paper, whereof 2 are restricted to tutoring for the project outline. Two hours of the total time of tutoring are compulsory.

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

A home exam in groups of 2-3 students followed by an individual oral examination. Students can apply for writing individually. The written thesis must be awarded a passing grade in order to have the oral examination. The written paper will give a preliminary letter grade. Following the oral examination the grade can be up- or downgraded by up to 2 grades. Both the written and thee oral parts must be awarded passing grades before the final grade can be awarded.

If the students at the individual oral examination cannot give an independent individual reflection about the thesis content and organization, the performance will be assessed as “non-passed”/failed.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal and external examiners assess all thesis and participate in the oral examination

Re-sit examination

In case of failing the written or oral parts of the exam, the student will be able to hand in an improved version of the thesis for a re-sit within the end of the following term. This may be a thesis written by a single student. Up to 3 hours of tutoring will be awarded for the re-sit. The student must have a new oral examination based on the improved thesis.

Coursework Requirements

  • Approved project outline for the Bachelor paper
  • Approved project plan for the Bachelor paper
  • Being an opponent/respondent
  • 2 obligatory tutor sessions
  • Poster presentation of the Bachelor paper to be presented at an open Bachelor seminar

Consequences of not meeting the work arrangements are that the Bachelor thesis cannot be handed in

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.

Additional information

  • Students will be allowed to write the Bachelor thesis in groups with students from other bachelor programmes at the university college. A precondition is that the set requirements for the Bachelor thesis are met. The project outline for the Bachelor thesis forms the basis for awarding a tutor.
  • An approved project plan for the bachelor thesis will be drawn up during the tutor sessions.
  • The Bachelor thesis will have a scope of 13,000 words (10,000 for individual papers if this has been decided).
  • The thesis is to be submitted electronically in a pdf-format on Fronter. All papers will undergo a control for plagiarism.
  • Thesis awarded the grade C or better will be made available in the university college library if authors and tutors agree to this.