Occupational Therapy: Scientific Theory and Methods 7.5 credits

Arbetsterapi: Vetenskaplig teori och metod
First cycle, A0037H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 2 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 12 Dec 2008

Last revised
by Dean of Department of Health Sciences 22 Aug 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Occupational Therapy
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study
Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Knowledge of the theoretical and philosophic bases of occupational therapy. Skills in collecting information about clients and the ability to describe their occupations. Knowledge of different disabilities and contextual effects on occupation and participation. Skills in applying and analysing occupational therapy process and methods. Knowledge of the research process, A0016H Occupational Therapy: Occupation for health and well-being, 15 credits A0034H Occupational Therapy: Therapeutic strategies, 15 credits A0032H Occupational Therapy: Interventions for occupation and participation I, 15 credits A0033H Occupational Therapy: Interventions for occupation and participation II, 15 credits A0040H Occupational Therapy: A social perspective, 7,5 credits A0035H Occupational Therapy: Application in Practice 1, 7,5 credits A0041H Occupational Therapy: Fieldwork placement 2, 15 credits A0021H Psychology in position to Occupational Therapy 7.5 credits A0027H Occupational Therapy: Pedagogic and supervision in the profession 7.5 credits M0031H Medical sciende Anatomy and Physiology in position to Occupational Therapy, 15 credits M0037H Medical Science Pathophysiology I in position to occupational therapy, 7,5 credits M0038H Medical Science Pathophysiology II in position to occupational therapy, 7,5 credits

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
In this course students will deepen previous knowledge of scientific theory and methods with a focus on the various scientific theoretical traditions as well as different data collection methods of relevance for occupational therapy. Upon completion of the course, the student will, in the context of current laws and regulations, and with a scientific and ethical approach, meet the following objectives related to the course content:
  1. explain, critically evaluate and argue for different qualitative research approaches that are used in occupational therapy research. 
  2. carry out, compare and evaluate data collection methods
  3. analyse and discuss qualitative and quantitative data in current occupational therapy studies. 
  4. distinguish and explain research-ethics aspects related to an empirical study in occupational therapy. 
  5. independently search, evaluate, assess and critically treat literature and current scientific studies in occupational therapy and related subject areas of relevance for the thesis. 
  6. discuss different scientific theoretical perspectives and suggest research-oriented problems of relevance for research in occupational therapy.

A deepening of scientific theories in relation to truth and justification is also included in this course as well as the development, usage and rationality of theories. Critical reflection on different qualitative research methods is also included in this course as well as critically evaluating from practical experience the methods of collecting data through interview, observation and questionnaire. Furthermore, statistical processing with computer programs is included as well as processing of qualitative data. The course also contains computer-based literature search of scientific articles in occupational therapy and writing ethical reflections.
  • Philosophy of science
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Methods for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Research ethics
  • Computer-based literature search

The course is given in a distance learning format and is mainly web-based. Computer experience and access to an Internet connection equivalent to at least ADSL with headset and web camera are required for the studies. Parts of the course are located on campus where most seminars and examinations take place. In order to complete the course, the student should actively seek knowledge and solve problems using an inquiring and critically reflective approach. This means that the student should take responsibility by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through the planning of content and time. The contents of the course are delivered through lectures, practical exercises, group assignments as well as oral and written presentation. Each student will defend a presentation and also serve as an opponent for a peer presentation. Course requirements are completed study assignments as well as compulsory attendance and an active participation in practical exercises, work and examination seminars.

To pass in the course, it is required that the student achieves the course objectives through the following examination sections: 
  • Objective one is examined through a written assignment on qualitative methods
  • Objectives two and three is examined through laboratory exercises and a written examination in statistics
  • Objectives four to six are examined through a oral examination and a written assignment of research- and ethics-oriented problems in the planning of a scientific study

Grading criteria for pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

This is a first-cycle course. Study guide is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Transition terms
The course replaces A0007H.

Maria Prellwitz

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 2 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Backman, J. (2016). Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Ejlertsson, G. (2019). Statistik för hälsovetenskaperna. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Friberg, F. (2017). Dags för uppsats – vägledning för litteraturbaserade examensarbeten. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Granskär, M. & Höglund-Nilsen, B. (2017). Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso- och sjukvård. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Jacobson, D. (2019). Juridik för arbetsterapeuter. Nacka: Förbundet Sveriges Arbetsterapeuters publikationer.
Olsson, H & Sörensen, S. (2011) Forskningsprocessen. Stockholm: Liber.

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Department of Health Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0008Qualitative methodsU G#2.50MandatoryA15
0009StatisticsU G VG *3.00MandatoryA15
0010Written assignment, scientific studyU G VG *2.00MandatoryA15