Flexible Delivery of the occupational therapy course has been offered to allow students to choose the mode of study which best suits their personal and learning needs. On campus study suits some students and flexible delivery suits others.
Flexible delivery allows students flexibility in where they study (i.e. at home or an external location). However, there are still assessment deadlines that need to be met.
All first year subjects and some second year subjects are offered to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Flexible) in external or limited mode.
External: studying externally means you have no on-campus class attendance. Your subject materials will be delivered to you via the internet, print materials or on a CD.
Limited: this means you will need to go on-campus for some attendance as well as receive teaching materials through the internet, print materials or on a CD.
In first year, students study through:
Online learning packages
Minimal compulsory practical classes on-campus.
In the second year of study, only some subjects are also offered via flexible delivery mode. This may assist in students transitioning into full time on campus study. For some this could mean some subjects are studied internally (on campus) and some subjects are still studied via flexible delivery mode. Another option for some students may be to study part time in their second year of their studies enabling them to continue studying from an external location for longer.
All 3rd and 4th year subjects are only offered on campus.
The reasons for choosing Flexible Delivery are dependent on the individual. Reasons why students may choose to complete the first year of the occupational therapy course by flexible delivery may include:
You can work on subject content in your own time (Note: you are still subject to assessment deadlines which are clearly listed for each subject in the subject outline)
You can maintain part time work whilst completing your study
You can work family commitments around your studies
You do not need to move to Townsville for the first year of study
You would like to stay home for the first year of study whilst you turn 18
You would like to study part time and “try out” the course before committing to full time on campus study.
Use the information below to think about what mode of study may suit you best.
May suit Students who:
Study better with face to face contact with teaching staff
Require more structure regarding when they learn
Find it difficult to keep up with assessment tasks
Want to use university studies as a way of building friendships and networks.
Challenges of on campus study:
Lecture, workshop and tutorial times are determined by the university and are not flexible.
You will be required to attend a certain percentage of on campus tutorials and workshops to pass the course.
You need to move to Townsville to complete the first year of study.
May suit students who:
Are independent learners
Can independently schedule and organise work, family and study commitments
Are motivated and willing to learn in a different manner to face to face teaching
Are proactive in seeking clarification, feedback or guidance from teaching staff
Challenges of off campus study:
You are responsible for keeping up with content and assessments– lecturing staff will not check whether or not you are keeping up with your work.
Time spent on subject content when studying by distance is equivalent to time spent on content when on campus. Hence you need to ensure that you dedicate sufficient time to your studies which is 10 hours per week per subject.
You will have scheduled times to contact staff. You need to ensure you make contact with staff early on if you have queries about content or assessment to ensure you get prompt feedback/contact with staff.
Residential blocks are compulsory for some subjects. You are required to commit to up to two weeks of on campus study in Townsville per study period. Please refer to course outlines for dates and times of these residential blocks.
A consideration of your learning style and preferences may also assist in deciding which type of study mode best suits you or at least making you aware of your learning preferences. For more information visit Learning Skills Online.
NOTE: Regardless of which study mode you select you will still be required to dedicate the same amount of time to study which is 10 hours per subject per week. As a flexible delivery student you are not required to attend lectures and workshops on campus during the study period but you are still expected to cover this content and keep up to date with the weekly subject and assessment requirements.
There are some points for students to be aware of about studying Occupational Therapy via flexible delivery.
As stated above some subjects have a residential block component with compulsory on campus attendance.
Subjects within the occupational therapy course follow a progression plan. Some subjects have prerequisites (completion of other subjects) that need to be met prior to enrolment in the subject. If you are not studying full time or your wish to vary your progression plan you will need to liaise with the Occupational Therapy Academic Advisor or Flexible Delivery Coordinator to discuss subject selection.
Whilst there is flexibility about when you choose to schedule your study you are still required to complete assessments by the due dates.
Flexible delivery study is only available for first year and some second year subjects.
You can enrol in the flexible delivery course as a part time student or full time. However you need to complete your entire Occupational Therapy degree within seven years, meaning the whole degree cannot be completed part time.
If you are trying to decide whether to study part time or full time consider your other obligations including work, family, and social commitments. You should also discuss your options with the Occupational Therapy Academic Advisor or Flexible Delivery Coordinator.
Third year study period 2 and fourth year study period 1 require completion of block placements which need to be completed full time.