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CB84 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Overview

Optional Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend an optional Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

This program aims to develop highly competent and autonomous occupational therapy graduates skilled in inter-professional and client-centred practice. To achieve this, the program will be informed by contemporary health research and occupational theories tailored to meet local, national and global community needs. Additionally graduates will develop their research competence by planning and implementing a small research project.

Career Information

Occupational therapists are employed in a range of settings such as public and private hospitals, rehabilitation centres, schools, nursing homes, research institutions, special, centres for persons with a social, intellectual or physical disability and private practice. They are also employed as mental health workers and rehabilitation consultants.

Course Details
Duration 4 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 192
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) B
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2022

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2022

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2021

Bundaberg
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Rockhampton
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 75 | ATAR 75
Entry Requirements

A GPA of 5.5 or more over all courses by end of term 2 Year 2.

Recommendation from the discipline lead that the student demonstrates the ability and maturity to undertake a challenging extended research pathway

Student commitment to an allocated inter-professional  research project topic.

Availability of suitable supervisors. Should there be a limit on this availability the highest performing students will receive first offers

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge
No information available at this time
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Optional Residential School Students who select to study some courses via distance education may be required to attend compulsory residential schools.
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Practicum/Work Placement

- Students are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical placement. Refer to More Details for further information.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 122
2020 109
2019 104
2018 104
2017 74
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating integrity in academic, professional and clinical experience settings.
  • Identifying when a practice issue is outside one's scope or expertise.
  • Identifying when one's practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective on personal behaviour appropriate for professional performance and being receptive to constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult situations.
  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with stressful situations that can arise in the clinical environment.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences, and emotions from those of the clients and situations in a professional setting.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Understanding and complying with all relevant policies and procedures applicable to your health profession.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Recognising and positively responding to any legal compliance issues that arise and bringing them to the attention of the appropriate stakeholders.
  • Complying with the policies of clinical facilities e.g. vaccination requirements and obtaining a working with children check ("Blue Card").
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), if appropriate to your health profession.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness, and effectiveness.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Communicating effectively during practice, and responding appropriately to requests from clients, supervisors, and other health professionals, in the clinical setting.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as clinical environments.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of personal space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and professional requirements.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, as well as other software such as Microsoft Office relevant to your course of study or workplace.
  • Using sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that includes participating in on-line forums, completing relevant on-line assessments and/or responding to emails.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and applying appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying evidence-based practice principles, policies and procedures in professional practice.
  • Producing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, in accordance with appropriate academic conventions such as being able to paraphrase, summarise, and reference.
  • Competently reading, writing, and accurately interpreting information to convey messages effectively in professional practice.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear Health Professions and Human Services documentation which meets legal requirements.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying sufficient mathematics knowledge and skills in prescribing adaptive equipment that correctly meets client measurement requirements e.g. in the provision of assistive technologies.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements in client notes.
  • Applying numeracy skills to interpret and solve problems in a range of educational and professional settings.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Observing and detecting subtle changes in posture and movement, and the ability to perform functional activities during assessment and treatment.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment e.g. splinting equipment - heat guns, mobile ultrasound and mobile stimulator units.
  • Using sufficient auditory capacity to monitor, assess, and manage a client's needs consistently and accurately, including engaging appropriately to a client's responses during an assessment.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Detecting changes in circulation e.g. temperature.
  • Detecting anatomical or movement abnormalities e.g. palpating joints, muscles, and soft tissues.
Relational Skills
Examples are:

  • Showing sensitivity to individual difference, thus conveying respect and empathy for others.
  • Accurately conveying information that meets legal and professional requirements to a wide variety of clients and stakeholders.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the client and/or stakeholder group.
  • Communicating effectively, and responding appropriately, to requests from clients, supervisors and other stakeholders..
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Accurately reflecting on the content taught during the course.
  • Reflecting on feedback from academic staff as well as practice educators during professional practice, and responding constructively.
  • Reflecting on one's self during professional practice.
  • Reflecting on topics taught during the course of study, including on situations that may be difficult or sensitive, yet still require reflective processing, judgement, or action.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Appropriately and actively participating in activities related to the course of study and professional experience.
  • Undertaking examinations and on-line quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Performing the tasks and duties in Health Profession and Human Services practice with the required physical and mental energy and endurance.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Maintaining your own and client's balance simultaneously.
  • Providing client support when transferring and mobilising individuals in a safe manner.
  • Evaluating clients who have varying physical capacities e.g. those who are positioned on plinths and hospital beds, on mats on the floor, on chairs and when standing, in a safe and effective manner.
  • Performing assessment techniques e.g. evaluation of hand sensation and joint movement.
  • Performing treatment techniques e.g. fabricating splints, demonstrating use of adaptive equipment, demonstrating fine motor tasks during activities of daily living.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Being able to communicate competently and appropriately, in a wide variety of contexts, in verbal, non-verbal and written formats.
  • Being able to recognise and interpret the non-verbal cues of others, and respond appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as in clinical environments.
  • Being able to use appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Being mindful of personal space boundaries.
  • Being responive and professional in all communications with stakeholders.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities
Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X, as well as other software such as Microsoft Office relevant to your course of study or workplace.
  • Having sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that includes participating in on-line forums, completing relevant on-line assessments, and responding to emails.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Understand contemporary healthcare systems and the multi-cultural and societal factors underpinning modern practice
  • 2. Explain human body systems, disease processes and the role of allied health practitioners in the healthcare continuum
  • 3. Demonstrate contemporary allied health skills, including communication, and their application in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • 4. Plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapy intervention(s)
  • 5. Apply appropriate standards of ethical, social and professional behavior in the context of occupational therapy
  • 6. Critically analyse and reflect on knowledge, principles and concepts related to occupational therapy
  • 7. Investigate, analyse and synthesis new information and evidence from a range of sources relevant to occupational therapy in order to inform and improve ongoing clinical and professional practice
  • 8. Advance health promotion and education activities pertaining to occupational therapy within the broader health care context
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 26 Total credit points: 192

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH11001 Introduction to Allied Health Practice
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
PSYC11010 Fundamentals of Psychology
ALLH11005 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11029 Health Promotion Concepts
MEDI11004 Professional Practice
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
ALLH11004 Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals 2
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT12001 Functional Anatomy for Occupational Therapy
OCCT12002 Occupational Justice: Local and Global
OCCT12003 Occupational Performance across the Lifespan 1
OCCT12005 Occupational Therapy: Theory and Practice
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH12006 Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals
ALLH12007 Research Methods for Health Professionals
OCCT12004 Occupational Performance Across the Lifespan 2
OCCT12006 Understanding the Environment
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ALLH13008 Rural & Remote Allied Health Practice
OCCT13001 Enabling Work Participation
OCCT13002 Enabling Strategies in Neurological Rehabilitation
OCCT13007 Enabling Mental Health
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT13006 Professional Practice 1
OCCT13005 Professional Practice 2
Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT14006 Professional Occupational Therapy Practice 2
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCCT14002 Specialisation in Occupational Therapy
OCCT14003 Transition to Professional Practice
OCCT14004 Developing Occupation-Centred Community Programs
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Work Integrated Learning and Clinical Experience

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) involves extensive fieldwork education which is embedded into the course. During the second year of the course students will be required to undertake up to 10 days of fieldwork visits. In both the third and fourth years students are expected to undertake a 12 week placement. In the final term of the course students are required to undertake around 150 hours of community placement. Overall students will complete a minimum of 1000 hours of fieldwork education.

Before commencing work placement, students must have gathered the following to provide to the appropriate academic supervisor and their fieldwork supervisor:

  1. Signed clinical placement agreement;
  2. Current Australian Federal Police ( National Police Check) (not older than 3 years);
  3. Current approved first aid/CPR certificate; and
  4. Evidence of Immunisations (Hepatitis B, whooping cough and Mantoux Test as per the CQUniversity Policy for Vaccination of students in health units at http://policy.cqu.edu.au/Policy/policy_file.do?policyid=157 ;
  5. Students require a Student (S) blue card -application form can be found at http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
  6. Completion of CQU Pre-clinical checklist

Application for Credit Transfer

Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies undertaken equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity program have been successfully completed. Students should examine the course synopses in this handbook to determine the courses for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity courses, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, course profiles, etc) to do this. Or, in some programs you can apply for electives outside of CQUniversity range of courses. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years old, you may not be eligible to apply for this as credit.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this program that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the program using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.