Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course requires students to review a selected area of Occupational Therapy (OT) practice in order to identify gaps in service provision or unfulfilled client needs that require development of an OT intervention. In some cases the intervention will be linked directly to the needs of the professional community. This intervention development requires the student to perform an international literature review that researches and critically evaluates the available literature relating to the identified need and possible current uses of the proposed intervention. It also requires the students to apply relevant OT theory linking the theoretical assumptions and evidence with the proposed intervention.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify a particular gap and/or need within current OT practice.

2. Identify the most appropriate OT model to apply to and possibly a frame of reference to guide the design and content of the intervention.

3. Propose an intervention relevant to the identified gap or need.

4. Analyse and synthesise relevant literature as a foundation to provide a clear rationale for the choice of the proposed intervention design, content and delivery.

5. Present a clear rationale, purpose, aim and objectives, well organised outline and the ethical implications for a proposed intervention (or outcome) relating to the identified needs

6. Indicate methods of evaluating the intervention objectives using both standardised and non-standardised instruments.


The course content reflects the course objectives and focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to plan an effective and relevant OT intervention.

The course will cover:

  • how to identify needs and gaps in OT service delivery;
  • how to use occupation to meet the identified gap/needs;
  • a literature review and critical analysis of relevant literature;
  • application of OT models of practice and a relevant frame of reference to evaluate, design and deliver an intervention;
  • developing and expressing aims and objectives,
  • understanding and expressing ethical issues related to OT practice, and
  • the use of instruments for the evaluation of the intervention outcomes.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of STAT1070 and HLSC4120

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignments No 1 - Providing Evidence

Written Assignment: Essay / Written Assignments No 2 - Describing the intervention

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

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