University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Course code/s: HZHOT

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Bundoora Mildura Shepparton
Course coordinator Dr Tracy Fortune
Course advisor Dr Carol McKinstry
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/062795B
Course duration 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes Students enrolling at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses should note that the first year of the program will be taught at your respective campus while the second, third and fourth years are taught at the Bendigo Campus.

Course description

The course leads to a combined Bachelor and Masters-level qualification. The Bachelor component includes foundational studies spanning health, illness, disability, psychology, research, sciences and introductory occupational therapy subjects. The Master of Occupational Therapy Practice component focusses on  applied studies focusing on assessment and intervention using occupation to enable individuals, groups and communities experiencing occupational participation difficulties. All students complete professional practice placements in clinical and community facilities, and there is likely to be provision for some students to undertake some of their academic learning in these agencies.

In first year, students will undertake an interdisciplinary common year in which students enrol in subjects with peers across the Schools of Allied Health and Nursing, which are part of the College of Science Health and Engineering. The focus of this year is on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, introductory research skills, and developing an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. Students also take two electives from anywhere in the University in the first year of the course.

In the second year of study students are introduced to concepts of participation in occupation through an introduction to occupation and its relationship to health and wellbeing, and a service learning subject in local schools. Students will further explore human biosciences and public health aspects of human health and integrating research evidence into practice. In both years three and four, students study occupational therapy through a curriculum centred on an enquiry-based learning (EBL). EBL is an instructional strategy in which students learn, through contextualised problems, and strive to find meaningful solutions to the range of complex human problems manifest in health care settings. During these two years, students will undertake placements in clinical and other settings.

Supervised professional practice placements enable students to develop a sound basis for professional practice in a broad range of health and other services in which occupational therapists are employed.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study.

First year

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Elective Subject may be taken from anywhere in the University. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Elective   15
TE-various OCT1OCS Occupational Science 15

* ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs. 

** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (150 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ALU Anatomy: Vertebral Column, Lower and Upper Limb 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 PHE2HED Health Education Development 15
TE-W10-25 or TE-W29-43 OCT3PPI Professional Practice 1: Service Learning 30
TE-SEM-2 OCT3OPH Occupational Perspective of Health 30
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PAN Pathophysiology, Anatomy and Neurosciences 15
TE-SEM-2 PSY2DEV Developmental Psychology 15
TE-SEM-2 or TE-SEM-1 HLT3CCS Chronic Self Management 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W06-10 OCT3FEC Foundations for enabling change: Environment, group and individual approaches in occupational therapy 15
TE-W07-43 OCT4ECP Enabling Change  Musculoskeletal and Neurological Conditions 30
TE-W18-28 OCT4ECM Enabling Change: Mental Health across the lifespan 30
TE-W15-51 OCT5PPA Professional Practice A 15
TE-W37-43 OCT5ECC Occupational Therapy: Enabling Change -(Children) 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE5SCC Service Coordination and Case Management 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 OCT5ACP Enabling Change: Advanced Clinical Practice (6 weeks) 30
TE-W11-26 OCT5ERA Evidence Review for Occupational Therapy 15
TE-W19-26 OCT5PPB Professional Practice B 30
TE-W29-38 OCT5MSP Macro Strategies for Advanced Professional Practice 30
TE-various OCT5PPC Professional Practice C 30



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