Course summary

Occupational therapy assists people of all ages to participate in the everyday tasks and activities (occupations) that they need and want to do, whether at home, at work, at school or in the community. Occupational therapists transform and adapt environments, activities, equipment and enhance performance to support and promote meaningful engagement and participation. They may work with individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations, in private practice and communities.

Occupational therapists' work is diverse. As a graduate of the occupational therapy degree you could assist a person recovering from a stroke to shower and dress independently; you could develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; you could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or you could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair.

Occupational therapy assists people of all ages to participate in the everyday tasks and activities (occupations) that they need and want to do, whether at home, at work, at school or in the community. Occupational therapists transform and adapt environments, activities, equipment and enhance performance to support and promote meaningful engagement and participation. They may work with individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations, in private practice and communities.

Occupational therapists' work is diverse. As a graduate of the occupational therapy degree you could assist a person recovering from a stroke to shower and dress independently; you could develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; you could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or you could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair.

In order to meet the Australian Competency Standards for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists this course is structured in accordance with professional body recommendations. All students complete studies in the following areas:

Professional Areas: occupational therapy theory and practice; occupational therapy assessments and interventions related to biomechanical, sensorimotor, psychosocial and cognitive performance, activities, engagement and participation at home, at school, at work and in the community; occupational transitions across the lifespan; evaluation of occupational therapy programs; health promotion; and professional experience/fieldwork. 

Social Sciences: psychology and sociology for health sciences, Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, research methods, and complementary medicine.

Biological Sciences: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and neuroscience.

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy includes an embedded allied health Honours program for eligible students, which can be studied concurrently during the Bachelor degree course.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in all scholarly, intellectual and professional activities, including critical analysis, sound judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice.

Systematically apply knowledge creation strategies and practices to identify, create, represent, distribute, and enable adoption of practice based research.

Creativity

Analyse and respond innovatively to the systemic, interpersonal and personal factors influencing health and disability across diverse communities

Utilize a sustainable and entrepreneurial approach to professional practice

Demonstrate an occupation focused and client-centred orientation to professional practice

Ethical practice

Address legislative requirements, guidelines and standards affecting professional practice

Understand, articulate and defend the values base of occupational practice and occupational justice

Knowledge of a discipline

Be grounded in an occupational view of health and disability across the lifespan.

Utilise appropriate evidence based occupational therapy assessment and treatment modalities to identify and address the occupational needs of a diverse community.

Develop, evaluate and document occupational intervention strategies for individuals, groups &/or communities.

Lifelong learning

Using reflection to guide continuing professional development.

Contributing to the development of various communities of practice through collaborative lifelong learning initiatives.

Sophisticated use of information technology to ensure communities of practice are inclusive of rural/regional practice settings.

Communication and social skills

Work collaboratively to address occupational needs in a range of health, education and community teams and with an understanding of conventional and complementary therapies.

Provide leadership in identifying, assessing and addressing the occupational needs of individuals, groups and communities.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural safety in professional practice and proactive responses to Indigenous perspectives on health (worldwide).

Students can complete up to 1 000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the four years of study in settings that may include aged care, hospitals, community health, mental health services, primary schools, industrial environments, private practice and a variety of health, education, and disability centres and services.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has received full accreditation from Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council, and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration. Graduates are also eligible for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.


Course overview

Course code

3007224

Course abbreviation

BOccThy

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 335168 055961

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast Session 1 $24,080 ($3,010 per unit) 082680C

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units:
    1. all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; plus,
    2. one (1) unit from Part B; and
    3. one (1) elective unit selected from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours a candidate should successfully complete the equivalent of thirty two (32) units:
    1. all the units listed in Part D of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
    Students who enter the Honours stream will be required to:
    1. Successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 of the Honours stream on their first attempt; and
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit grade average) for years 3 and 4.
    Students must pass all units of study on their first attempt to continue with the Hons program, maintain a GPA of at least 5.0 (Credit grade average) and comply with these rules.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Exclusion

  1. A student can be excluded under Rule 2 Section 10 of the Rules Relating to Awards.
  2. A candidate who has twice received a fail grade in one of the following fieldwork placement units: (HLT10582 Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations; HLT10583 Communication Skills for Health Sciences; HLT10590 Home and Community Occupations; HLT10591 Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork; HLT10599 Health Promotion and Primary Health Care; HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork) shall be excluded for 12 months and may be readmitted at the discretion of the Head of School.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10587 - Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk Intermediate
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
HLT10585 - Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10586 - Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups Intermediate
HLT10588 - Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10589 - Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions Intermediate
HLT10590 - Home and Community Occupations Intermediate
HLT10591 - Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork Intermediate
HLT10592 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice Advanced
HLT10593 - Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10594 - Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs Advanced
HLT10595 - Education, Leisure and Play Occupations Advanced
HLT10596 - Work and Employment Occupations Advanced
HLT10597 - Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10598 - Introduction to Complementary Medicine Introductory
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork Advanced Note 2
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory

Part B

Part C

All undergraduate units offered by the University are included in this schedule

Part D - Honours Stream

Title Level of learning Note
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO10587 - Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk Intermediate
HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
HLT10585 - Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10586 - Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups Intermediate
HLT10588 - Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10589 - Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions Intermediate
HLT10590 - Home and Community Occupations Intermediate
HLT10591 - Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork Intermediate
HLT10592 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice Advanced
HLT10593 - Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10595 - Education, Leisure and Play Occupations Advanced
HLT10596 - Work and Employment Occupations Advanced
HLT10597 - Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced
HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork Advanced Note 2
HLT83001 - Allied Health Honours Seminar I Advanced
HLT83002 - Allied Health Honours Seminar II Advanced
HLT83003 - Allied Health Honours Thesis I Advanced Note 1
HLT83004 - Allied Health Honours Thesis II Advanced

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 2
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 4
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
HLT10586 - Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
HLT10585 - Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 4
BIO10587 - Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk Intermediate
HLT10588 - Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10589 - Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions Intermediate
HLT10590 - Home and Community Occupations Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 6
HLT10593 - Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10597 - Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10591 - Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork Intermediate
HLT10594 - Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 6
HLT10592 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice Advanced
HLT10595 - Education, Leisure and Play Occupations Advanced
HLT10596 - Work and Employment Occupations Advanced
Part B Elective: select 1 unit from CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples OR HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 7, and the remaining 1 double-weighted unit in Session 1, Year 8
Part C Elective (University-wide elective)
HLT10598 - Introduction to Complementary Medicine Introductory
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first triple-weighted unit in Session 2, Year 7, and the remaining unit in Session 2, Year 8
HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork Advanced Note 2
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
Part B Elective: select 1 unit from CUL00409 - The Mental Health of Australian Indigenous Peoples OR HEA10200 - Trans- and Intergenerational Trauma Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
HLT10585 - Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10586 - Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
BIO10587 - Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk Intermediate
HLT10588 - Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10589 - Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions Intermediate
HLT10590 - Home and Community Occupations Intermediate
Year 4, Session 1
HLT10591 - Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork Intermediate
HLT10594 - Evaluation of Occupational Therapy Programs Advanced
HLT10593 - Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10597 - Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
HLT10595 - Education, Leisure and Play Occupations Advanced
HLT10596 - Work and Employment Occupations Advanced
HLT10592 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
Part C Elective (University-wide elective)
HLT10598 - Introduction to Complementary Medicine Introductory
Year 5, Session 2
HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork Advanced Note 2
HLT10601 - Transition to Professional Practice Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 2
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HLT10582 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Human Occupations Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 1, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
HLT10583 - Communication Skills for Health Sciences Introductory
HLT10584 - Mobility and Personal Care Occupations Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 4
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
HLT10586 - Learning and Applying Knowledge for Individuals and Groups Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
HLT10585 - Sensory Motor Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 3, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 4
BIO10587 - Functional Kinesiology of the Upper Limbs and Trunk Intermediate
HLT10588 - Musculoskeletal and Reduced Energy Assessments and Interventions Intermediate
HLT10589 - Lifespan Development and Occupational Transitions Intermediate
HLT10590 - Home and Community Occupations Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 1, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 1, Year 6
HLT10593 - Mental Function (Cognition) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10597 - Mental Function (Psychosocial) Assessments and Interventions Advanced
HLT10591 - Regional Rural Remote Fieldwork Intermediate
HLT83001 - Allied Health Honours Seminar I Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the first 2 units in Session 2, Year 5, and the remaining 2 units in Session 2, Year 6
HLT10595 - Education, Leisure and Play Occupations Advanced
HLT10592 - Occupational Therapy Theory and Practice Advanced
HLT10596 - Work and Employment Occupations Advanced
HLT83002 - Allied Health Honours Seminar II Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
Part-time students should complete the first double-weighted unit in Session 1, Year 7, and the remaining double-weighted unit in Session 1, Year 8
HLT83003 - Allied Health Honours Thesis I Advanced Note 1
HLT83007 - Health Promotion and Primary Health Care Advanced Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
Part-time students should complete the single-weighted unit in Session 2, Year 7, and the triple-weighted unit in Session 2, Year 8
HLT83004 - Allied Health Honours Thesis II Advanced
HLT10600 - Advanced Fieldwork Advanced Note 2

Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted Unit
Note 2: Triple-weighted Unit