Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
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.

Indicative student workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, online interaction and practicum placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Professional recognition

You can travel around the world with your occupational therapy qualification from Deakin. Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand Ltd and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, allowing graduates 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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

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

Work experience

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.

Field Education

Details are available at the OT Field Education website