Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Students who meet eligibility requirements will enrol in H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) for their fourth year of study.

 

Deakin course codeH355

Course sub-headings

Course overview

As a qualified occupational therapist you will have the specialised knowledge to improve your clients’ lives – at home and at work - and to promote good health and wellbeing in workplaces. Study a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin and get rewarding, real-world training commencing in your first year.

Occupational therapists work collaboratively with people who might have limitations, including those caused by injury, health conditions, delayed development or the effects of ageing. Occupational therapy (OT) interventions are designed to enhance participation in everyday life and may include activities or assistive devices, or modification of home or work environments to facilitate active engagement in work, home, social and leisure activities.

This course draws upon Deakin’s core strengths in health education to ensure you receive a relevant, practical OT education that meets contemporary workforce needs.

Throughout the course, you will get a chance to consolidate your skills through a series of supervised placements which commence in year 1. You will undertake seven different placement opportunities throughout your degree, during 1000 hours of practical work experience in a diverse range of OT practices including: childhood development (including schools and hospitals); acute and rehabilitation hospital settings; community health settings; aged care and more.

You will also benefit from our on-campus clinical skills laboratory which simulates real life settings and enables you to gain the knowledge required to meet the needs of your future clients. Our purpose-built OT lab will give you access to hands-on facilities with a range of assistive technologies and rehabilitation areas in which to practice.

Our occupational therapy staff have extensive experience in a diverse range of OT specialisations. In addition to being world leaders in their fields of research, many of our staff continue to practice their expertise in the real-world.

You can travel around the world with your OT qualification. Deakin’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by OT Australia and World Federation of Occupational Therapists, which allows graduates to practise professionally in Australia and overseas. Our OT graduates have found roles with organisations like Alfred Health, Barwon Health, Karingal and the Department of Education, as well as in various special schools and in private OT practice.

Selected students will have the opportunity to complete an honours year as part of this course.

Professional recognition

You can travel around the world with your occupational therapy qualification from Deakin. Deakin’s Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by OT Australia and World Federation of Occupational Therapists allows graduates of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy to practise professionally in Australia and overseas.

All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the relevant professional body retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.


Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy* all students are required to obtain a Police Records Check (PRC) each year prior to undertaking field placements and a Working with Children Check (WWC) at the commencement of the course.

* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$8,457Not applicable$32,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy comprises 32 credit points, including 29 credit points of core units, 1 selective unit and 2 credit points of elective units.

To be awarded H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) a person must

  • achieve at least a distinction average upon completion of level 3 studies;
  • successfully complete HSO302 Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 1
  • complete the four honours units at level 4 (listed under course structure H455 below).

Failure of a fieldwork component in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy will normally lead to exclusion. Students will be required to complete at least one fieldwork component in a regional area of Victoria or adjacent areas.

Core units

Course structure applies to students who commenced in 2013 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2013 should refer to previous online handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HDS101Communication and Diversity

HSO102Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HSE102Functional Human Anatomy

HSE208Integrated Human Physiology

HSO104Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy B

Plus select one unit from the following choices:

HBS110Health Behaviour

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour

HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSO202Impact of Health Conditions On Occupational Performance

HSO205Occupations in Childhood Development

HSO207Neurological Structure, Function and Plasticity

plus one elective unit

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HSO206Occupation Across the Lifespan

HSO208Analysis of Occupational Performance

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HBS345Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

HSO302Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 1

HSO305Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 1

HSO307Psychosocial Influences on Occupational Performance

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSO303Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 2

HSO304Work Integrated Learning A

HSO306Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 2

Level 4 - Pass stream

Trimester 1

HSO401OT Practice Applying Knowledge and Reasoning

HSO403Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology

HSO405Work Integrated Learning B

Trimester 2

HSO406Consolidating Occupational Therapy Practice

HSO408Transition to Practice

Level 4 - H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

(CRICOS code: 088320A)

Trimester 1

HSO403Promoting Occupational Engagement Through Assistive Technology

HSO405Work Integrated Learning B

HSO411OT Honours Proposal Ethics and Literature

Trimester 2

HSO414OT Honours Analysis and Critique

HSO416Honours Research Project

Elective units

Elective units may be chosen from any faculty in the University provided that prerequisites are met. A maximum of two elective units may be studied at level 1.

Sociology elective unit:

ASC206Sociology of Health