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ASOT OTD Capstone Project Student Handbook

This manual will provide students, facutly, administration, and partnering agencies with a description of the process and procedures of the ASOT OTD Capstone Project.

OT 725 Occupations in Life: A Theoretical and Applied Perspective

Course Description

Presents theoretical constructs of occupation and occupational performance and how they form the basis for occupation-based evaluation and intervention. Environmental concepts influencing occupational performance and quality of life will also be discussed. A major goal of this class is to compare and contrast current theoretical models of practice and frames of references including their use for specific populations. As part of this process, students will articulate how the history of the profession contributed to the development of models and frames of references and how they have been influenced by the profession’s current emphasis on evidence-based practice.

This course aligns with knowledge, skills, and understanding of developing the competency for completing OT 900: Occupational Therapy Capstone. Students learn about the historical context underlying the development of theories and frames of references related to evaluation and intervention of individuals requiring occupational therapy services. This learning results in broadening OTD students’ foundational skills that can be accessed for their Capstone projects. Knowledge occurs through required readings, interactive online learning modules, and written papers. Competency is assessed by periodic exams, experiential learning, and application assignments.

  • Clinical practice skills: Students demonstrate clinical practice skills by completing a Therapeutic Use of Self assessment/reflection paper (1, d, g). Additionally, students develop and utilize clinical skills by creation of an OT practice program at a community site (1, 5, a, b, d)
  • Research skills: As part of the creation of an OT practice program, students locate evidence to support evidence-based practice at a community site (1, 5, a, b, d)
  • Advocacy: Students advocate for the value of what occupational therapy could accomplish at various community sites in the surrounding area (1, 5, a, b, c)
  • Theory development: Students analyze and synthesize a variety of frames of references used in practice to development a theoretical foundation for treatment at various community sites (1, 5, a, b, c)

OT 730 Research and Implementing Evidence into Practice

Course Description

This course builds upon the knowledge and evidence based practice skills developed in OT 701. Students will advance their ability to apply evidence to practice by implementing scholarly activities and study for evaluating occupational therapy practice, service delivery, and/or professional issues. Developing and evaluating scholarly proposal(s), data collection instrument psychometrics, data analysis, obtaining external funding, and articulating the steps for writing a systematic review of the literature are learning outcomes in this course.

This course aligns with knowledge, skills, and understanding of developing the competency for completing OT 900: Occupational Therapy Capstone. Students develop a scholarly product and demonstrate an applicable understanding of the components of a research proposal and explore funding sources for research.  Competency is assessed though written assignments, experiential learning activities, and application exercises.     

  • Research skills:  Students develop a Research Proposal (1,5, b, h); Evaluate research proposals (1,a, b); Students develop and evaluate data collection techniques (1,5, b, h); Evaluate Psychometrics of Assessments (1, b, h); Explore and develop types of data analysis (1, 5, b, h); Explore sources of external funding (1, 5, b, );  Identify steps in a systematic review (1, b, h)