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Distance Learning
M.H.S. in Occupational
Student Manual


College of Public Health
& Health Professions

Department of
Occupational Therapy

Fall 2008

2008 Distance Learning M.H.S. in Occupational Therapy
Student Manual

I. Overview.....................3

II. Student Information........4
The University of Florida
The UF Community
Gator 1 Card
Integrated Student Information
System (ISIS)
GatorLink Account
Using the UF Libraries
Minimum Computer Requirements
Connection Speed
Browser Support

III. Registration..................
How to Register for Classes
Registration Deadlines
Non-Degree Registration

IV. Course Materials...........8
Obtaining Course Materials

V. Financial Information.......9
Tuition Receipts
Withdrawal/Refund Policy
Financial Aid
Fieldwork Educator Discounts
Military/Veteran Partial

VI. Classes on the Internet....11
Accessing WebCT
WebCT E-mail
Discussion Forums
Readings and Presentations
My Notebook
Weekly Online Chats
Small Group Chats
Streaming Video
Course Evaluations (Surveys)
Technical Problems
Weekly Schedule

VII. Course Policies.......................... 14
Instructor Response Time
University Honesty Policy
Student Grievance Policy
Referencing of Lectures in the DLM Program
Class Attendance Policy
Make-Up Policy
Late Assignments
Accommodations for Students with
Student Rights and Responsibilities and UF
Policies and Procedures

VIII. Demeanor for Distance Learning.....18
Class Demeanor
Discussion Forum
Disruptive Behaviors

IX. Academic Progress.....................20

X. Professional Development Project..21
Project Overview
Professional Development Seminar

XI. Graduation.................................. 22
Comprehensive Written Examination
Degree Application

XII. Faculty and Staff..........................24

XIII. Expert Presenters.........................25

XIV. Contact Information....................29

XV. Schedule of Courses 2007-2008......31

XVI. 2008-2009 Academic Calendar........32

I. Overview

The Distance Learning Master's of Health Science (MHS) in Occupational Therapy program
is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of working occupational therapists for
practice in the complex and challenging health care system. The goal of the MHS degree
curriculum is to prepare occupational therapy professionals to respond to emerging practice
areas, assume leadership roles, and function more independently in a comprehensive
occupational therapy practice.

This 36-credit, non-thesis program is designed to be completed in six semesters at one
course per semester for a total of six on-line courses. Students complete coursework and
interact with instructors and classmates through a distance education format and are
required to come to the UF campus for a Professional Development Seminar as part of the
Professional Development course. A written Comprehensive Examination is required. Upon
successful completion of the program, students are awarded the Master's of Health Science
(MHS) in Occupational Therapy.

Upon completion of the program, the graduates will have demonstrated competency
in the:
Application of theoretical foundations of occupational therapy practice with an
emphasis on constructs of occupation and neurobehavioral infrastructure for
human occupation in their area of specialized service delivery.
Application of advanced knowledge and skills in leadership, healthcare
management, consultation, and independent practice to their current work
Application of a broadened understanding of the US health care system,
international health care systems, public policy issues, a public health
perspective, and relevant issues and trends to occupational therapy service
Application of theory, strategy, and technology for intervention and promotion of
health, safety, and independence for selected client populations.
Application of concepts of evidence based practice and rehabilitation outcomes
to their area of specialization in occupational therapy practice.
Application of their expertise in a self-selected area of professional growth and
articulation of the supporting evidence related to this topic.

II. Student Information

The University of Florida

Welcome fellow Gator! As a student of the University of Florida, you join over 45,000
students enrolled in Florida's largest and oldest State University. The University of Florida is
a public, land-grant research university, one of the most comprehensive in the United
States; it encompasses virtually all academic and professional disciplines. UF is a member
of the Association of American Universities which was founded in 1900 by a group of
fourteen universities offering the Doctorate of Philosophy degree. The AAU currently
consists of sixty-one universities and serves to assist in developing national policy positions
on issues that relate to academic research along with graduate and professional education.
The faculty and staff at the University of Florida are dedicated to the common pursuit of the
University's threefold mission: education, research, and service.

The UF Community

Although you are not taking classes on campus or living in the Gainesville area, you are just
as much a part of this university as the typical student. You have full student privileges
including use of the library (many online features are available) and e-mail through
GatorLink. It is students like you, willing to take part in an innovative educational program,
who make this university so great. So be proud to wear your orange and blue!

Gator 1 Card

The Gator 1 Card is the official University of Florida picture ID card. It is required for ALL
STUDENTS and is necessary to fully access the UF libraries online as well as to participate
in on-campus activities. The Gator 1 Card has your UF ID number, an eight-digit number
that identifies you to the University of Florida. Please keep this number secure.

You may obtain a Gator 1 Card by sending the OT Department a check for $15.00 made out
to "University of Florida" and a 3x5, 4x6, or larger color photograph, with the requestor's
head at least 2 inches in size or larger (from top of head to chin) is required. Print the
requestor's name and UFID on the reverse side of the photo do not use a liquid ink pen
such as a roller ball or soft tip. Professional color head/neck photos are acceptable in 5x7,
8x10, or larger sizes. All photos will be returned. Passport-size photos are not acceptable
as they are too small to allow creation of the digital image used to produce your Gator 1
card. Items that obscure any physical features are not permitted in the photo. These include
but are not limited to: hats, scarves, sunglasses, bandanas, sweatbands, and golf visors.
Head coverings worn for religious reasons, such as Muslim headdress, are acceptable.

Send check and photo to:

Beth Price, Program Coordinator
Distance Learning Master's
Department of Occupational Therapy
P.O. Box 100164
Gainesville, FL 32610

More information about Gator 1 Cards may be found at:
http://www.gatorlcard.ufl.edu/GatorlC info.asp.

Integrated Student Information System (ISIS)

ISIS is the "Hub" of student access to your records for grades, financial aid, transcripts, etc.
It is located at www.isis.ufl.edu. Once you are registered as a UF student, you automatically
receive a default personal identification number (PIN) that you can use to access ISIS. Your
default PIN is your MMDD of birth (4 digits). For example, 0312 is for a birthday of March 12.
It is recommended that you change this PIN to a 4-digit number only you know, such as a
familiar number that you will remember (i.e. your ATM PIN).

GatorLink Account

GatorLink is both a computer ID and a suite of services that allow access to a variety of UF
campus computing resources. Every student, faculty and staff member is encouraged to get
a GatorLink ID. Free services, including a free mailbox (your GatorLink username@ufl.edu),
free dialup quota and web space are available to students, faculty and staff. Other campus
services require a GatorLink sign on to authenticate your identity and there are also some
fee-based services.

All students must have a GatorLink account with a username and password to access online
classes. To set up a GatorLink account, you must be registered as a University of Florida

To sign up for Gatorlink:
1. Go to www.gatorlink.ufl.edu.
2. Follow the directions to "Create a New Account"
3. Once you have created your GatorLink Username and Password WRITE THEM
DOWN and DO NOT FORGET THEM! You will use this information to login to
WebCT for your courses.

**lf you forget your GatorLink password, you can have it reset over the phone.
The phone number is 352-392-4357.

Using the UF Libraries

Once you have set up your GatorLink account and obtained a Gator 1 Card, you will have
full online access to the UF Libraries. The main library for the Department of Occupational
Therapy is the Health Science Center Library www.library.health.ufl.edu. A link for Distance
Learning is on the main library home page. Many online journals you will use in your classes
will be available through the UF libraries. Information on accessing library resources from
home, finding electronic journals and searching through online databases is available. 'Nita
Ferree, Liaison Librarian to the Department of Occupational Therapy, is also available to
answer questions at nita(@library.health.ufl.edu. Links to tutorials to assist you in using the
library effectively and efficiently are located in Unit 1 of every course in the program.

Minimum computer requirements

Please see the OT Distance Learning website http://otdlm.phhp.ufl.edu for minimum
computer requirements. All of the computer content we design for this program will be able
to run on a computer that meets the University of Florida minimum requirements.

Connection Speed

Broadband internet connectivity, such as DSL or cable, is strongly recommended for the
best experience. The minimum connection device that will be supported is a 56k modem,
however, some features of our courses, such as the streaming videos, will be difficult to
use with such limited bandwidth. If no type of broadband connectivity is available for your
residence, you might consider seeking other locations in your area to connect to the
internet, such as coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, colleges/schools, or other hotspots.

Browser Support

The web browser is your interface to the E-Learning system, so it is critical that you are
using a supported browser and the browser settings are properly tuned. The most common
browser used on Windows systems is Internet Explorer (IE). Other browsers that work with
the E-Learning system include Netscape and Mozilla, with Safari proving to be a reliable
browser choice for the Mac. To check whether you have a supported browser version and
to learn how to configure your browser for the E-Learning system, visit
http://www.webct.com/tuneup. Even though the E-Learning system claims it supports the
AOL browser, AOL is not always reliable.

III. Registration

How to Register for Classes

Registration forms and instructions will be available on the WebCT course site
approximately 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline. You will need to download and print
out the forms, fill them out completely and fax or mail with your payment prior to the
registration deadline. Registration will not be completed until full payment for classes is
received. Beth Price is available to assist you. Contact her via phone 352-273-6131 or
email zprice@phhp.ufl.edu.

Registration Deadlines

Registration deadlines are strictly adhered to. Remember that registration is not complete
until tuition payment has been received.

Non-Degree Registration

Non-degree registration is used in the following circumstance:

Special Program Registration Programs sponsored by the University of Florida.
In the Distance Learning Program for the Master of Health Science Degree in Occupational
Therapy, this would apply to an occupational therapist who wishes to take one of the courses in
the program but does not intend to enroll in the program and pursue a master's degree.
Approval from the Program Director is required for registration for this purpose.

A completed Immunization form must be submitted to the Student Health Care Center prior to

IV. Course Materials


Required textbooks are posted on the OT Distance Learning website
http://otdlm.phhp.ufl.edu under the Current Student section approximately one month prior
to the start of classes.

Obtaining Course Materials

You may be able to purchase textbooks through a local bookstore, the publisher, a local
college or university bookstore, or you can also order online at such book sellers as
www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com/, www.buy.com/, or a similar company.

While the majority of course materials are on the course website, additional course materials
(i.e. videotapes, journal articles, etc.) may be shipped to your home as needed.

V. Financial Information


Tuition is $1386 per semester ($231/ credit hour) for in-state residents and $2772 per
semester ($462/ credit hour) for out-of-state residents. This does not include textbooks, but
does include additional course materials.

You must return your course registration, tuition form, and payment to the OT Department
so that they are received by the deadline on the form. If paying by credit card (Visa,
MasterCard, or American Express only), you will need to mail the form or call our office with
your credit card information as we can no longer accept credit card information by fax. Debit
cards are not accepted. If applying by check, be sure your check is made payable to the
"University of Florida", and write your UF ID number on the check.

Returned checks and declined credit cards may result in your withdrawal from the course.
We will attempt to give you 24 hours to rectify the situation, but registration deadlines will be
strictly enforced.

Tuition Receipts

A receipt will be sent to your permanent address following completion of registration.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

In order to receive full or partial refunds and a "W' symbol as a final grade, a written request
to withdraw must be provided. Written notification of withdrawal from a course should be e-
mailed to epuqh(@phhp.ufl.edu or sent to:

Emily S. Pugh, Program Director
University of Florida
Department of Occupational Therapy
Distance Learning Master's Program
P.O. Box 100164
Gainesville, FL 32610

Please see the academic calendar for dates and deadlines for withdrawals. The academic
calendar is available on the main UF website at http://calendar.ufl.edu/. In the upper right
corner, click on Academic Calendar.

Financial Aid

Financial aid/scholarships are not available through the Department of Occupational
Therapy for distance learning students. However, students are advised to seek out private
loans, scholarships and tuition reimbursement. VA Educational Benefits may also be used
for those who qualify. There is currently no mechanism in place for fee deferment in the
Distance Learning Master's program. Therefore, all students receiving financial awards must
do so on a reimbursement basis. The program's registration deadlines must be observed

and cannot be dependent on receipt of financial aid. If the registration deadline cannot be
met, students may postpone their registration until the following semester.

You may contact the Assistant Director for Student Financial Affairs, Mike Menefee, at (352)
273-6202 or mmenefee(@ufl.edu or visit the website: http://www.ufsa.ufl.edu/sfa/

Fieldwork Educator Discounts

Discounts on tuition will be given to students who supervise University of Florida
occupational therapy Fieldwork II students. Please contact the Distance Learning Program
Coordinator for details.

Military and Veterans Partial Scholarships

Partial scholarships will be given to students who are currently members of the US Military
Services and veterans. Please contact the Distance Learning Program Coordinator for

VI. Classes on the Internet

Accessing e-Learning

e-Learning is the course management system used by the Distance Learning M.H.S. in OT
program. Program courses may be accessed via http://lss.at.ufl.edu/. You will need to login
using your GatorLink username and password.

e-Learning Email

The primary mode of communication in this program is through e-Learning email; therefore it
is imperative that you check your e-Learning email daily. You are also asked to correspond
with the instructor using your e-Learning email. The e-Learning system does have a tool to
forward incoming emails to an address of your choice. However, because e-Learning is a
closed system, you must enter the course to initiate or respond to all emails received.

Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums are focused discussions that occur over time (i.e., asynchronously)
rather than in "real time" (synchronously) with a group of classmates. Typically, you will be
in a discussion group with 10-12 other students. The instructor will post a question or topic
and you will enter your response to it on the discussion board. You will read what your
classmates have written about the topic and respond to something they wrote.

You will respond to these questions in the Discussion area of your e-Learning course. In
order to participate in the "discussion" you must also make responses to other students.

Participation in all discussion forums is required and must occur in the week or time period
that they are assigned. Discussions are time-limited so you must participate promptly.
Please note that you are expected to respond thoughtfully during each discussion topic.

Your instructor will be able to review the discussions and provide you feedback regarding
your performance as a participant. Here is a typical format for grading participation in a
discussion forum (Powers, 1999):

Topical: Entry relevant to the current subject matter.
Concise: Message is contained within a single screen.
Provocative: Entry prompts others to reply.
Substantial: Message asks a question that prompts more discussion, provides an answer
which makes others explore, or explains/expands a concept.
Timely: Reply is entered in a timely manner that maintains discussion.
Logical: Entry clear, supported by facts and valid inferences.
Grammar: Entry grammatically correct.

Review Discussion postings frequently, if not daily. You are responsible for additional
information posted on the Discussion Forum. This is an important communication tool for
exchange of information and is a handy way for the instructor to provide you with timely
information about something that is going on in the course. Monitor this regularly.

Readings and Presentations

Complete all readings and view all presentations during the week that they are assigned.
Unless otherwise noted, all presentations will be on the e-Learning course. You can play
presentations directly from the course links, including streaming video and audio
presentations. Just as in an on-campus class, once the semester ends, video and audio
presentations are no longer available.


You will submit all assignments using e-Learning. We strong recommend you organize and
save all written work for each course into one file for future reference. It should be a useful
tool when preparing for the Comprehensive Examination and may be a resource for your
clinical practice in the future. It is good practice to backup your work regularly.

Weekly Online Chats

Once a week you will be required to participate in a one-hour chat with your instructor and
classmates. Chat times will be posted in your course syllabus and may vary each semester
depending upon the needs of the participants.

During the chat, please keep personal comments to a minimum as this is a time to ask
questions regarding class assignments or course content. You are welcome to use other
designated chat rooms for personal communication at other times.

Small Group Chats

You and your classmates may interact in a chat room on your own, aside from the Weekly
National Chats with the instructor. You collaborate with the other participants in your group
to establish a schedule for the chats and meet in the chat room as needed. There are
several different rooms from which you may select.

Streaming Video

Most course units will be accompanied by streaming videos of your instructor or expert
presenters. You will need to download Real Player from www.real.com (the basic model is
available at no cost) to watch the videos. Please be aware that the quality of the videos may
vary depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Course Evaluations (Surveys)

You will be asked to evaluate the course, instructor, and program each semester. These
course evaluations are strictly anonymous so we encourage you to be honest in your
responses. Information gathered from the course evaluations will be used to modify future
classes. Course evaluations will be announced at least 2 days prior to availability and may
be accessed by clicking on "Surveys".

Technical Problems

If you experience technical difficulties while using the discussion, chat, or
uploading/downloading assignments, please contact the IT Specialist, Jason Rogers via e-
mail (ihodqgeSphhp.ufl.edu) or toll free (866) 878-3297 from 9am 7pm EST. Support for
basic e-Learning functions is also provided by the UF Computing Help Desk from 8am-5pm
EST Mon-Fri and 6:00pm-10:00pm EST Sun-Thurs at (352) 392-HELP or

Additional information and online manuals/tutorials may be found on UF's e-Learning
Support Services website http://lss.at.ufl.edu/.

Weekly Schedule

The electronic week begins on Sunday at 12:01 A.M and ends on Saturday at midnight.
This is based on your local time zone and will be used for determining the promptness of
your assignments. However, carefully check the syllabus of each course for assignment
due dates as they may vary. Days of the week are:

Day 1 Sunday
Day 2 Monday
Day 3 Tuesday
Day 4 Wednesday
Day 5 Thursday
Day 6 Friday
Day 7 Saturday

Weekly Assignment Due Dates

The "school week" begins each Sunday at midnight and ends the following Saturday at
11:59 PM ET. Weekly assignments are due on Sunday, the next day after the school week
ends, by 10:00 PM ET unless otherwise noted in the course unit.

VII. Course Policies

Instructor Response Time

Instructors normally check messages once per day and respond within 24 hours. Feedback
on assignments is usually provided within seven days of receipt.

University Honor Code and Academic Honesty Policy

In this distance learning program we are particularly sensitive to students submitting
independent work and to using complete and accurate referencing in complying with the
University of Florida Rules 6CI-4.017 The Student Honor Code as follows.

All students are required to abide by the Student Honor Code, which has been accepted by
the University. Each student is required to subscribe to the Code upon registration each
semester by signing the following pledge, which is contained on the "Course Request
Registration Form":

I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all of
their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and
understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary
action, up to and including expulsion from the University. We, the members of the
University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the
highest standards of honesty and integrity. On all work submitted for credit by UF
students, the following pledge is either required or implied:

"On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this

*The above statement must be included on all assignments.

Student Rights and Responsibilities, including the Standard of Ethical conduct and
Academic Honesty Guidelines are available at

The UF Student Honor Code is available at http://itl.chem.ufl.edu/honor.html.

A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas. If this
is not the case, the relevant source must be cited using APA format. Words or ideas that are
not your own require citations and include, but are not limited to, hardcopy or electronic
publication, and identifiable verbal and visual communication.

Academic dishonesty in the online environment would include representing words and ideas
as your own when they were taken from the work of someone else. It could also include:
having a tutor or friend complete all or part of your assignment; having a reviewer make
revisions in your assignment; copying work previously submitted from another student. It is
important to read, understand and abide by the Student Honor Code.

Student Grievance Procedure

A grievance is defined as dissatisfaction occurring when a student believes that any
decision, act, or condition affecting him or her is illegal, unjust, or creates unnecessary
hardship. Such grievances may concern, but are not limited to, the following: academic
problems (excluding grades, except when there is an allegation of illegal discrimination or
where a grade penalty has been imposed without proper authority); mistreatment by any
university employee; wrongful assessment of fees, records and registration errors; student
employment and discrimination because of race, national origin, sex, marital status, religion,
age, or disability.

Prior to invoking the procedures described below, the student is strongly encouraged to
discuss his or her grievance with the persons) alleged to have caused the grievance. The
discussion should be held as soon as the student first becomes aware of the act or condition
that is the basis of the grievance. Additionally, or in the alternative, the student may wish to
present his or her grievance in writing to the persons) alleged to have caused the
grievance. In either case, the person alleged to have caused the grievance must respond to
the student either orally or in writing.

If a student decides not to present his or her grievance to the persons) alleged to have
caused the grievance, or if the student is not satisfied with the response, he or she may
present the grievance in writing to the next level supervisor. The next level supervisor
should conduct an informal investigation as warranted to resolve any factual disputes. Upon
the student's request, the supervisor shall appoint a fact-finding panel of no more than three
persons to conduct an investigation. The supervisor must state the terms and conditions of
the investigation in a memorandum appointing the fact-finding panel. A fact-finding panel
appointed hereunder shall have no authority to make recommendations or impose final
action. The panel shall be limited to determining and presenting facts to the supervisor.

The supervisor's disposition of the grievance shall be reported to the student in writing and
shall inform the student of the right to seek review by the appropriate Vice President. The
supervisor's response should be transmitted to the student within 10 business days from the
date the written grievance was received. If the disposition extends beyond the 10 business
days the supervisor should inform the student of the delay and the expected response date.

Additional assistance and information concerning the names, office locations, and telephone
numbers for the contact persons may be obtained from the Dean of Students Office, P202
Peabody Hall.

Any student who is not satisfied with the response after the initial review may present the
grievance in writing, together with the supervisor's written response to the grievance within
five business days of receipt thereof to the appropriate Vice President.

The Vice President to contact is in bold followed by the nature of the grievance.

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Academic Problems
Academic Progress
Registrar's Office

Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Employment
Racial Discrimination
Sex Discrimination
Sexual Harassment
Marital Status Discrimination
National Origin Discrimination
Disability Discrimination
Religious Discrimination
Age Discrimination

Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Payment and Assessment of Fees
University Police Department
Traffic and Parking

Vice President for Health Affairs
Student Health Services

The Vice President's action will be limited to a review of the basis for the supervisor's
disposition and will not involve a de novo factual investigation. Notwithstanding the above,
the Vice President may, but is not required to, direct that further facts be gathered or that
additional remedial action be taken. The Vice President's action shall constitute final agency

Program Security: Referencing of Lectures in the DLM Program

Streaming video lectures in the DLM courses are not for release to anyone except the
person enrolled in the class and therefore are not published works. You cite them as you
would an unpublished manuscript. See APA manual 5th Ed: p. 263 Section E. Unpublished
Work and Publications of Limited Circulation, Item 59 Unpublished manuscript not submitted
for publication.

Suggested citation for a steaming video: Heilman, K.M. (2004). Apraxia. Streaming video:
Retrieved June 21, 2006, Neuroscience of Human Occupation Course Web site.
Unpublished presentation. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

For articles retrieved via the VPN, you would use the style on p. 271 in Section I. Electronic
Media, Item 71 Internet articles based on a print source. If it is the electronic form of the
printed article, you would cite: Meador, K.J., Loring, D.W., Lee, K., Hughes, M., Lee, G.,
Nichols, M. & Heilman, K.M. (1999). Cerebral lateralization: relationship of language and
ideomotor praxis. [Electronic version]. Neurology. 1999 Dec. 10; 53 (9): 2028-31.

If the online version has been changed from the printed version, then you cite: Meador, K.J.,
Loring, D.W., Lee, K., Hughes, M., Lee, G., Nichols, M. & Heilman, K.M. (1999). Cerebral
lateralization: relationship of language and ideomotor praxis. Neurology. 1999 Dec. 10; 53
(9): 2028-31. Retrieved June 23, 2006, from http://iournals.apa.orq/articles.html.


Class Attendance Policy

Students are expected to comply with the schedule of assignments and activities. To be in
attendance in an online class, you must send messages and engage in dialogue and
discussion. Attendance via logging into the chat or discussion does not constitute
participation. Participation requires that you contribute to the discussion. Instructors monitor
discussions to determine the quality and quantity of participation.

Late Assignments

Assignments must be submitted on or before their due date. Assignments will be accepted
up to three (3) days late. An automatic 10% reduction in total points earned will be
calculated. No incomplete grades "I" are given. UF server problems are not an excuse for
late papers. If you are unable to connect to the UF server you should send a copy of the
assignment to the instructor via fax (352)273-6042 or to their alternative email address only
if the UF server is down. You must then submit your assignment through e-Learning as
soon as possible.

Make-up Policy

If you are unable to meet the time frame for submission of exams or other work, you must
make prior arrangements with the Course Instructor. Failure to do this will result in a zero
grade for that test or assignment. It is important to post Discussion Forum assignments in a
timely manner because your classmates need your information and feedback to complete
their assignments. You must discuss prioritization of submissions with your individual

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Students requesting accommodations must first register with the Dean of Students Office.
For information visit http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/. The Dean of Students Office will provide
documentation to the student, who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor
when requesting accommodation.

University Policies and Procedures

These documents are available in the UF Student Guide available at

VIII. Demeanor for Distance Learning

Class Demeanor

Students are expected to interact in a professional demeanor with classmates, faculty and
staff, to be prompt in attending Internet meetings, to be patient in on-line interactions, and to
follow through on their individual contributions to group assignments. While it is anticipated
that professional occupational therapists will behave with tact and courtesy online, we
adopted the following guidelines for Internet etiquette.


The golden rule for communicating online is similar to the one our parents and elementary
school teachers taught us: Be human. Imagine how you would feel in the other person's
shoes. Don't deliberately hurt someone's feelings. These rules still apply in cyberspace. In
the real world we can see the facial expressions, gestures, and tone of voice. We do not
have that luxury online. It is very easy to misinterpret the other person's meaning. Be very
cognizant of how you communicate to your faculty and peers online.

Discussion Forum

The Discussion Forum is a medium where all the students and faculty who have access to
the class can communicate with each other. Discussion Forums will be read by everyone
else in the class. You will be responding to questions posted by the instructor. This is also
an appropriate place to ask for clarification of the reading materials or ask why a treatment
was prescribed in the clinical area. If you have a question related to something you read,
chances are someone else in the class does also.


The private email within e-Learning allows you to communicate one-on-one with another
person enrolled in the class or the instructor. No one except the person sending and the
person receiving can see the email contents. Personal matters that you need to convey to
the instructor or requests for an appointment are best sent via email.


Flaming is expressing a strongly held (usually negative) opinion without holding back any
emotion. Tact is not its objective. Flaming is not allowed by the online class. Writing
comments such as "I think the test was terrible", or "None of your test questions related to
anything that was in the readings" is considered flaming.

If you are angry or upset related to something in the class, make an appointment to discuss
this with the instructor in a telephone conference. Students who are disrespectful of faculty
in email or discussion forum will be denied access to the course until the matter is resolved.


USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in your writing is considered yelling online. It can be very
annoying and is not appropriate. Please make sure your Caps Lock is off. If there is a
member of the class with low vision, however, be aware that use of capital letters may be an
accommodation. Respond to this student in kind, utilizing the same font as the student

Disruptive Behaviors

Flaming, yelling, and inappropriate comments in the discussion forum and/or email are all
considered disruptive behaviors online. Disruptive students will be counseled by the
instructor in a telephone meeting. If no resolution is reached, the student will be referred to
Emily Pugh, Distance Learning Program Director. Students who are disruptive online will be
denied access to the online course until the situation is resolved.

IX. Academic Progress


Grades may be accessed on the WebCT course website by clicking on "My Grades". You
can access your final semester grade on ISIS (www.isis.ufl.edu) The grading scale
adopted by the University of Florida Department of Occupational Therapy and placed in use
on May 14, 2002 is as follows:

90- 100
85 89
80 84
75 79
70 74
65 -69
60 -64
Below 60

It is expected that all graduate students will maintain a 3.0 or above at all times.


Due to the nature of graduate study, most classes will evaluate your progress using
projects, papers, and your online participation (i.e. chats, discussion). In the case that
exams will be administered (i.e. multiple-choice, essay), you will be given instructions on
using the e-Learning quiz function with a time limit for answering each question.

For more information regarding your comprehensive written examination, please see section
XI of this manual.

X. Professional Development Project

Project Overview

Throughout the program, students are directed to apply what they are learning in their
coursework to their individual clinical work settings. This practical application is most fully
realized in the capstone Professional Development project in the last semester of the
student's program in which the student selects a specialty topic, reviews the clinical
evidence related to that topic and designs, conducts, and evaluates a learning experience
that will enhance their clinical expertise.

Professional Development Seminar

Students will convene at UF in Gainesville, Florida during their last semester of enrollment
as part of the requirements for the capstone Professional Development course. In this
Seminar, they will meet face-to-face with faculty and classmates, present their professional
development projects, engage in small group discussion, and exchange ideas and establish
professional liaisons. The Seminar will be held on campus during the one to three days prior
to the commencement ceremonies. If attendance on campus is impossible or creates a
severe hardship for a student, the DLM Program Director, Course Instructor and Technical
Specialist will collaborate with the student to arrange attendance via the Internet. Unless an
emergent situation arises unexpectedly, the student must contact the Program Director and
Course Instructor to obtain permission no later than the first week of the final semester of
the program.

XI. Graduation

Comprehensive Written Examination

The Comprehensive Examination will be comprised of a written examination with questions
that reflect synthesis of the content of the first five courses. Questions will be solicited from
the instructors of each of the courses. Student files that contain written assignments from
each class will serve as valuable resources when preparing for the examination.

Students will sit for the Comprehensive Examination in the 12th week of the 5th semester of
the program, within six months of the date the degree is to be awarded. The student will
select an exam administrator (proctor) who will be approved by the Program Director and
who will be present to proctor the Comprehensive Examination.

The proctor will receive the examination electronically from the Program Director, provide a
secure environment for the student's Comprehensive Examination, be present for the entire
examination period, and observe the student as he or she transmits the completed exam.
The proctor will verify this process by signature on the Comprehensive Examination
Administrator Authorization Form and send this form to the Program Director. The student's
Supervisory Committee will assess student performance.

Upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination, students will proceed to
the final course in their program, the Professional Development course. Any student who
does not successfully complete the Comprehensive Examination will be counseled
regarding their performance and be permitted to enroll in the Professional Development
course but must complete the Comprehensive Exam by the midterm of the last semester.

Degree Application

You must submit a degree application to the Registrar's office during the semester in which
you graduate and by the deadline indicated by the University's academic calendar (see
ISIS). You may download a current degree application form from the OT Distance Learning
website. You may fax your completed degree application to (352) 273-6042.

Be sure to mark "Master of Health Science" under the Graduate School heading. If you
graduate during Summer commencement, you should indicate Summer C as the term for
which you are applying.

Students are sent graduation information by the Registrar's office based on receipt of the
degree applications.


There may be a limit to the number of guests you may have attend your graduation. Make
your reservations early! Hotels fill up to capacity in Gainesville and surrounding towns. You
will be notified where the graduation will be held during your last semester.

Bellsouth's yellow page website has useful information regarding local hotels, restaurants,
etc., and includes maps and directions (www.yp.bellsouth.com). Another source is the

Business Directory of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce online at

XII. Faculty and Staff

Faculty (with Teaching Area)

Joanne J. Foss, PhD, OTR/L
Director of Professional Programs, Department of Occupational Therapy
Entry Level Master's Director
Neuroscience of Human Occupation
Professional Development

William (Bill) Mann, PhD, OTR/L
Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance
Leadership and Independent Practice
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Matthew Press, MHS, OTR/L, ATP
Adjunct Instructor
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance

Emily S. Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRM
Associate In
Director, Distance Learning Master's Program, Department of Occupational Therapy
Leadership and Independent Practice
Trends and Issues in Health Care
Professional Development

Craig Velozo, PhD, OTR/L
Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Evidence Based Practice

Kay F. Walker, PhD, OTR/L
Professor Emeritus
Neuroscience of Human Occupation
Evidence Based Practice


Jason Rogers
Coordinator, Computer Applications


Beth Price
Program Coordinator, Distance Learning Master's Program

XIII. Expert Presenters

Sandra Adams, PhD, OTR
Special Projects Director
Center for Prevention and Early Intervention
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Anna M. Barrett, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Neurology/Medicine
Department of Behavioral Science
Pennsylvania State University
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Neuroscience of Human Occupation

Katie Beaver, MS
Associate Director, Center for Assistive Technology
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance

Roxanna Bendixen, PhD, MPH, OTR/L
Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Marina Cecchini, MPA
Director, Shands Rehab Hospital and Shands at Vista
Gainesville, Florida
Leadership and Independent Practice

Helen Cohen, EdD, OTR
Associate Professor
Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Balance Disorders
Baylor University
Houston, Texas
Neuroscience of Human Occupation

R. Paul Duncan, PhD
Professor and Director
PhD Program in Health Services Research
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Robert G. Frank, PhD
Provost and Professor
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Lois Gold, OTR/L
Director/Owner, Occupational Therapy at Center for Pediatric Therapy, Inc.
Miami, Florida
Leadership and Independent Practice

Kenneth M. Heilman, MD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Neurology
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Neuroscience of Human Occupation

Evelyn Jaffe, MPH, OTR, FAOTA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Samuel Merritt College
Oakland, California
Leadership and Independent Practice

James Lenker, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance

Christiana M. Leonard, PhD
Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Neuroscience of Human Occupation

Cindy Mathena, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
University of St. Augustine for the Health Sciences
St. Augustine, Florida
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance

Maria de Mello, PhD, OTC
Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Studies

Trends and Issues in Health Care

Ferol Menks Ludwig, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, GCG
Occupational Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Neuroscience of Human Occupation

Sue Mistrett, MSEd
Center for Assistive Technology
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance

Ahmad Mohit, MD
Director, Division of Health Promotion and Prevention
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Cairo, Egypt
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Allen H. Neims, MD, PhD
Departments of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Pediatrics
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Christina Oddo, MS, OTR/L
University of Buffalo
Buffalo, New York
Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance

Michael Pizzi, MS, OTR/L, CHES, FAOTA
Private Practice
New York, New York
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Angela Scoggin, PhD, OTR
Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy Program
University of Texas Pan-American
Edinburgh, Texas
Trends and Issues in Health Care

Orit Shechtman, PhD, OTR
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Neuroscience of Human Occupation

Craig Velozo, PhD, OTR
Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Trends and Issues in Health Care

XIV. Contact Information

Program Director: Emily S. Pugh, MA, OTR/L, LHRM
Phone: (352) 273-6096
Fax: (352) 273-6042
Email: epugh@phhp.ufl.edu

Contact the Program Director for concerns about:

Overall Academic Progress
Program Curriculum
Changes to Your Program of Study
Concerns Unresolved with Instructor or Staff
Professional Development Project
Comprehensive Written Examination
Obtaining Grades for Comprehensive Exams

Program Coordinator: Beth Price
Phone: (352) 273-6131
Fax: (352) 273-6042
Email: zprice@phhp.ufl.edu

Contact the Program Coordinator for concerns about:

Academic Calendar
Registration/Tuition Payments
Program Policies
Receipts for Payment
Fieldwork Educator Discounts
Military/Veteran Partial Scholarships
Requests for Refunds/Withdrawals
Tuition Reimbursement Letters
Grade Verification/Course Completion Letters
Obtaining Course Materials
Change in Personal Information (Address, Phone Number, E-mail)

Information Technology Specialist: Jason Rogers
Phone: (352) 273-6020
Fax: (352) 273-6042
Email: jhodge@phhp.ufl.edu

Contact the Information Technology Specialist for concerns about:

Accessing WebCT
Participating in Discussions and Chats
Downloading/Uploading Assignments
Any Other Computer-Related Problems

Course Instructor: Department of Occupational Therapy Faculty

Contact the Course Instructor via e-mail for concerns about:

Academic Progress Within a Course
Course Grades, Exams, Quizzes
Questions About Course Material Content
Arrange to Make Up Work or an Unavoidable Absence

University of Florida Registrar (www. registrar. ufl.edu)
PO BOX 114000, 201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
Phone: (352) 392-1365

Contact the Registrar for:

Obtaining a Transcript
Confirm Receipt of Degree Application
Commencement Information
Change in Your Address

Student Financial Affairs: Mike Menefee, Assistant Director
PO BOX 114025
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 273-6202
Email: mmenefee@sfa.ufl.edu

Contact Student Financial Affairs for:

Financial Aid/Scholarship Information

XV. Schedule of Courses *

OTH 6907 Professional Development (6 credits)*
The evidence-based design, implementation, and reporting of an independent project related to the
student's practice specialty with an emphasis on outcome evaluation. Participation in a 1 to 3-day on-
campus seminar is required.

Fall 2008

OTH 6707 Leadership and Independent Practice (6 credits)
Leadership development, communication and counseling in the workplace; using a systems
theoretical approach to healthcare management and policy; developing an independent practice;
principles and practice for consultation; client and professional advocacy; business entrepreneurship;
with an emphasis on sound, ethical business practices.

Spring 2009

OTH 6106 Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance (6 credits)
Contemporary theory and application of technology and strategies to support health and the
performance of daily occupations. Emphasis on assistive devices, environmental modifications, and
universal and architectural design to foster independent living and for risk/injury reduction; lifestyle
and health consulting; ergonomics; transportation; student/worker/retiree role enhancement; and
reducing barriers to employment and service access.

Summer 2009

OTH 6008 Neuroscience of Human Occupation (6 credits)
In this course, occupational science and related theories of occupation are addressed. Contemporary
concepts and findings regarding human brain function that support human occupation are
emphasized including sensory, motor and cognitive processes.

Fall 2009

OTH 6720 Trends and Issues in Health Care (6 credits)
Contemporary trends and issues in the US and international health care systems; health care
management; federal, state and professional regulation; public policy; public health perspectives;
cultural diversity; intervention within the social and behavioral contexts of families, communities,
cultures, and systems; telehealth; and ethics. Focus is upon the effects of these issues and trends on
occupational therapy service delivery.

Spring 2010

OTH 6763 Evidence Based Practice (6 credits)
Concepts and strategies for assessment of practice outcomes and program evaluation. Public health;
disability classifications; epidemiology and national health care and rehabilitation databases.

* Classes rotate each semester in the same order (e.g. Spring 2008 Trends and Issues in Health Care
will be offered to those who have not completed it). Beginning Fall 2003 Professional Development
will be offered each semester for students completing the program.

XV. 2008-2009 Academic Calendar

Fall 2008

August 3, 2008

August 21, 2008

August 25, 2008

August 29, 2008

September 19, 2008

December 18, 2008

December 19, 2008

Spring 2009

December 15, 2008

January 5, 2009

January 6, 2009

January 12, 2009

January 30, 2009

April 10, 2009

April 22, 2009

April 30, May 1-3, 2009


April 18, 2009

May 8, 2009

May 11, 2009

Application Deadline

Fee payments due in full/ Registration

Classes begin

Last day to withdraw (cancel registration) with full refund

Last day to withdraw with 25% refund; W symbol assigned

Classes end
Last day to withdraw with no refund; W symbol assigned


Application Deadline

Fee payments due in full/ Registration

Classes begin

Last day to withdraw (cancel registration) with full refund

Last day to withdraw with 25% refund; W symbol assigned

Last day to withdraw with no refund; W symbol assigned

Classes end


Application Deadline

Fee payments due in full/ Registration

Classes begin

May 12, 2009

May 29, 2009

July 31, 2009

August 7, 2009

August 8, 2009

Last day to withdraw (cancel registration) with full refund

Last day to withdraw with 25% refund; W symbol assigned

Last day to withdraw with no refund; W symbol assigned

Classes end


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