Occupational Therapy

Fundamental Models of Empirical Research

Lecture, 1.50 ECTS


Course content

The students
• are made familiar with different quantitative and qualitative methods of (occupational therapy) research.
• apply these as part of a small research project.
• learn to generate simple hypotheses and verify them using a suitable research design.
• conduct empirical work to generate the required data.
• learn to evaluate the generated data using appropriate methods, present them in writing in scientific form, discuss them and relate them to occupational therapy.
• present the results in an adequate form

Learning outcomes

In this module the students learn to understand methods of quantitative and qualitative research in occupational therapy and to apply a methodical approach. They can verify scientific hypotheses by experiment and are familiar with the procedures used in studies. They can relate the generated results to occupational therapy, present them in accordance with scientific principles and discuss them.
The students are able to master typical communicative situations with patients and colleagues in an occupational therapy setting in English.

Cognitive level:
The students
• are familiar with methods of quantitative and qualitative research in occupational therapy and understand how they contribute to the generation of knowledge.
• apply this knowledge to simple questions in their own research designs.
• have adequate linguistic strategies for communicative situations in different occupational therapy settings and in line with the steps of the occupational therapy process.

Psychomotor level:
The students
• apply this knowledge to simple questions and their own research designs..
• are able to develop simple hypotheses and verify them based on experimental research designs.
• can present their own research work in writing and structure it correctly in line with scientific principles.
• can relate the results of their research work and the methodical approach to existing knowledge and discuss them.
• can react and communicate appropriately and efficiently in English in discussions in multiprofessional teams or in international exchange situations.

Affective level:
The students
• are aware of the ethical principles of empirical research and utilise data material appropriately.
• experience themselves in different typical roles in fictitious communicative situations using professional English.
Contribution to the acquisition of competences according to FH-MTD-AV Annex 5, 8 and 9: WK1, WK2, WK3, WK4 SK3, SK7, SK8

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules 1-16

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment and oral and/or written module exam