Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH355

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

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.

Field Education: Details are available at the OT Field Education website

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Occupational therapists have specialised knowledge to promote health and wellbeing through occupation. Using their understanding of occupation and health, 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 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 occupational therapy (OT) education that meets changing workforce needs. Throughout the course, you will benefit from our campus clinical skills laboratory which simulates real life settings and enables you to gain the knowledge and skills required to help clients manage their entire day in modified home and office environments. You will also consolidate your skills through a series of supervised placements which commence shortly after you begin your studies.

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.


Work-Integrated Learning

You will undertake a variety of practicum placements throughout the four years of the course, commencing in your first year. Fieldwork provides you with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience under the supervision of qualified practitioners, which will enable you to practise confidently as an occupational therapist. You will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practical experience. Fieldwork is conducted in a range of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, community health organisations and industry, in metropolitan, regional and rural locations.

In a host agency, you can play a meaningful role in a variety of activities, including planning programs and events, undertaking needs assessments, developing evaluation tools, counselling, group work, completing literature reviews and producing promotional materials. Placements begin shortly after you commence your first year of study.

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/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check

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

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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 (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.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HDS101Communication and Diversity

HSO102Foundations of Occupational Science and Therapy A

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

Trimester 2

HBS108Health Information and Data

HSO206Occupation Across the Lifespan

HSO208Analysis of Occupational Performance

plus one elective unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

HBS345Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care

HSO302Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 1

HSO305Occupational Performance: Evaluation and Intervention 1

HSO307Psychosocial Influences on Occupational Performance

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 (commences 2016)

HSO408Transition to Practice (commences 2016)

Level 4 - H455 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

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 (commences 2016)

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

 

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