Professional Reasoning

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Summer
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
06 August 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B939 Occupational Therapy

Module description

All health professionals are required to demonstrate sound decision-making skills in the process of developing appropriate outcomes. This module is designed to introduce and further develop your understanding of the concepts of reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making, in preparation for placement. You will develop your professional reasoning within this module and will have opportunities to further develop this reasoning within placement.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to:

  • Introduce you to the theory and practice of professional reasoning.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Deconstruct the strands of reasoning and analyse how they inter-relate to inform your professional decision making.

  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the influence your personal beliefs can have upon your professional reasoning.

  3. Justify and evaluate your reasoning in applying theory to practice for an identified case study.

Transferable Skills

Throughout this module, you will draw on and extend your current knowledge and transferable skills, in order to progress your occupational therapy identity and skills. The module is designed to provide you with opportunities to develop your skills in articulating your professional reasoning.

Module information

The module content is delivered through interactive seminars and student-led small group work, in order to provide opportunities where you can further develop confidence articulating your professional reasoning.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Small group work, tutorials and seminars. These will form the basis of the learning methods within this module. The emphasis will be to further develop professional reasoning skills, which inform occupational therapy practice.

Due to interactive nature of this module, keynote lectures will not be utilised.

Drawing on previous experiences of EBL, you will explore content supported by small group and individual study.

You will draw on your placement experiences to inform and develop your professional reasoning skills.

Using a blended learning approach, you will be expected to engage and contribute to online group activities and use of online library facilities. A module Moodle page will support your learning on this module.

Due to the structure of this module, there will not be opportunity for formative tutorials, however you will have the opportunity to receive verbal formative feedback.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Practical   Presentation     

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Selena Goodchild, email: s.goodchild@essex.ac.uk.
HSC OT Staff
Hannah Duncan/Charlotte Fairminer E: ipladmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 78 hours, 28 (35.9%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
48 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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