University of Wisconsin–Madison

OTD Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

EPD Professional Literacy Courses (Minimum 2 credits required to graduate)

The Department of Engineering Professional Development has created a suite of interdisciplinary courses to enhance the professional development of online students who are enrolled in advanced professional training. Following a self-assessment of competencies and development of professional goals, OTD students will be required to select and enroll in a minimum of 2 credits from the offered courses.  The topics of these 1 credit offerings may include:

  • Digital Literacy for Connected Professionals
  • Effective Communication
  • Financial and Business Acumen
  • Leading Teams
  • Project Management
  • Change Management
  • Business Negotiation
  • Legal Concepts for Technical Professionals
  • Managing Information
  • Professional Ethics

KINES 699 – Independent Study

Supervised study enables students to strengthen their knowledge and skills in selected areas.

KINES 785 – Human Occupation & Health

An overview of current research and knowledge of human occupation and its relationship to health and well-being. Occupation is defined broadly as all daily activities including those that are productive, pleasurable and restorative. Current theory and data on occupation and health in relation to daily activities will be examined. Occupation is viewed from a broad conceptual framework including chronobiology, cultural, social and the contexts of place and time.

Occ Ther 811 Applied Inter-professional  Leadership and Management

Overview of the historical, theoretical and current practices of leadership, management and advocacy in health care, education and social service settings. Course will include a reflective analysis of the student’s own leadership and management style. Students will apply key principles of effective networking, collaboration and interdisciplinary practice to further develop their own leadership competencies.

Occ Ther 812 Current Trends Shaping OT Practice

Current and historical trends in theory, evidence, and policy that influence occupational therapy practice will be explored. Occupational therapy’s role in the history and continuing evolution of inter-professional practice in health care, education, and social welfare settings will be discussed. The course will emphasize the development of skills to become active leaders in shaping, advocating and guiding occupational therapy in multiple contexts.

Occ Ther 813 Advanced Practice in Inter-professional Contexts

This course will emphasize how inter-disciplinary teams in practice settings affect, and can improve, quality of service provision. Factors affecting teamwork in practice will be examined. Students will create interactive case scenarios to demonstrate theories and strategies to address inter-professional practice problems.

Occ Ther 814 Communicating OT to Inter-professional Audiences

Effective design and implementation of oral and written presentations in a variety of contexts, including educational settings, professional conferences, practice workshops, and scholarly reports. Key principles for oral, written and interactive communications will be presented. Review and critique of communications by occupational therapy leaders as well as peers will enhance learning and inform the preparation of a presentation to an inter-professional audience.

Occ Ther 871 Application of OT Evidence in the Practice Environment

Multiple sources of evidence in the professional literature will be examined and applied to a specific intervention or topic that is relevant to students’ professional development goals and/or capstone project. Appropriate methodologies, analytic tools and procedural reasoning will be leveraged in support of recommendations regarding the application of the intervention or approach in the practice environment.

Occ Ther 872 Using Information to Optimize Practice

Strategies and methods for generating, accessing and analyzing data from public and proprietary electronic sources pertinent for OT practitioners will be explored. Key principles, methods and processes for generating, storing and retrieving relevant practice information at both the individual and population level will be mastered. Content will also include ethical issues surrounding electronic records, the role of standards in the development and use of systems, and the laws and policies governing the compilation and use of personal data. Competency development in the generation of practice-relevant questions that can be answered using available datasets.

Occ Ther 873 Advanced Outcome Measurement in Occupational Therapy

Principles of measurement and general themes and trends in healthcare outcomes research, as well as measurement issues germane to specific areas of OT practice, will be explored. Quality assurance measures frequently used in OT service delivery such as consumer satisfaction, measures of function and occupational performance, will be appraised for the strength of their psychometric properties and clinical utility.

Occ Ther 890 Inter-professional Seminar

A minimum of 10 contact hours of workshop, seminar, continuing education or technical presentations (in person or virtually) that reflect content beyond the student’s current scope of practice and training. Each seminar experience will require submission of a proposal for approval by the primary adviser and OTD Graduate Program Coordinator that reflects the inter-professional nature of the content and how it aligns with the professional development plan.

Occ Ther 881 Capstone Project I-IV
Designed to support the development, proposal and implementation of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is organized around students’ proposed evaluation of or innovation in specific areas of practice. It is in the form of a series of qualifying tasks, each of which represents a critical phase of the proposed project. Guidance in the development of the Capstone Project will be achieved through a combination of faculty mentorship and advising, peer mentorship, and review and comments from the Capstone Mentoring Committee. The Committee will be comprised of graduate faculty and professionals with content expertise in the area addressed by each student’s project. The criteria for evaluation and project outcomes include:

  1. Description of a gap or specific need in the student’s area of practice,
  2. A critical review of the theoretical, clinical and empirical literature in the area to be studied,
  3. A description of an innovative program, intervention or approach to the identified problem and detailed evaluation, funding, and dissemination plans,
  4. Project implementation

Occ Ther 882 Capstone Project V: Project Completion, Presentation & Dissemination
A summary report of the findings, critique of the process and generation of ideas for alternative approaches.

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