University Handbook 2018

Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Course code/s: HMOTH, HMOTPB

Course details
Location Bendigo Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code HMOTPB HMOTH
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr Tracy Fortune
Course advisor Dr Carol McKinstry
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 062795B
Course duration 2 years full-time
Credit points 240 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
The structure below is for students who commence from 2017 onwards. Students who commenced prior should refer to the relevant year of entry in the Handbook.

Course description

This course aims to give graduates from another discipline a professional qualification in occupational therapy. Occupational therapy deals with people's occupational needs and the loss of daily living skills that follow physical, emotional, psychological and social disorders. Occupational therapists help individuals to become more independent and maximise personal productivity, wellbeing and quality of life through occupational performance. Students develop knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment, the therapeutic use of occupations, intervention techniques, the design of equipment and adaptation of environments.

Please note it is compulsory for applicants without a background in biological sciences (e.g. anatomy) to take a bridging program as a foundation for further studies. This course provides an understanding of the function and structure of the human body. More information can be obtained from the website at

The course requires full-time enrolment, over two years, from early February to early December. It comprises 80 weeks of coursework (40 weeks per year), including 1000 hours of professional practice. First year includes a four-week full-time professional practice block, second year includes 2 x 8-week full-time professional practice blocks, and a part-time project based learning experience, completed in a health or community agency over 10 weeks.

The structure of the curriculum, over a typical week, comprises enquiry-based learning (EBL) EBL tutorials, lectures and professional concepts or skill development classes.

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. 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.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Critically analyse and apply occupational, biopsychosocial and cultural understandings in order to plan, implement and evaluate occupational therapy practice in diverse and changing contexts.
Integrate and apply diverse understandings and strategies to support occupational participation, health and wellbeing among individuals and communities.
Critically analyse research evidence to enable knowledge translation for ethically informed and evidence based occupational therapy practice.
Collaborate and communicate effectively with professional and non-professional stakeholders using advanced verbal, non-verbal and written skills.
Exercise personal autonomy and collaborative decision making in the application of professional knowledge and skills in a range of health related contexts.
Critically reflect on learning and practice using digital literacies and appropriate technologies to support continued personal and professional development.

Course structures

The course requires the completion of 240 credit points over two years of full-time study.

First year

First year (105 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM Academic Integrity Module* 0
TE-W05-16 OCT5OTF Foundations of Occupational Therapy 15
TE-W09-21 OCT4ECP Enabling Change: Musculoskeletal and Neurological Conditions 30
TE-SEM-2 OCT5PPA Professional Practice A 15
TE-W22-35 OCT4ECM Enabling Change: Mental Health across the Lifespan 30
TE-W37-43 OCT5ECC Occupational Therapy: Enabling Change C (Children) 15

Key:*LTU0AIM  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 (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W07-15 or TE-W17-25 OCT5ACP Enabling Change: Advanced Clinical Practice (6 weeks) 30
TE-VARIOUS OCT5PPB Professional Practice B 30
TE-W07-15, TE-W16-23 OCT5ERA Evidence Review in Occupational Therapy 15
TE-W24-35 OCT5MSP Macro Strategies for Advanced Professional Practice 30
TE-W33-45 OCT5PPC Professional Practice C 30



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