Students within the occupational therapy course experience a range of exciting and challenging learning opportunities. The philosophy of occupational therapy is centred on the importance of engaging in purposeful occupations. Students are encouraged to gain an understanding of this concept through participating in active learning. A high proportion of teaching takes place in small groups completing practical workshops and tutorial activities. We believe this helps students to learn more effectively.
In addition, the equivalent of one year’s study is practice placements. Students undertake fieldwork in each year of the program, with the majority being in third and fourth year.
Practice Education placements provide the practical experience of working with individuals and groups, under supervision, in a range of settings and often involve travelling to other locations in North Queensland and Australia. There are also opportunities to complete practice placements overseas.
An honours program is offered to those students who demonstrate high academic performance in first and second years. The two year honours program begins in the third year of the degree, and allows a student to develop a personal research project, and undertake the research part time during third and fourth year. The honours program culminates in a formal presentation of the research results and either a thesis, or two journal articles, at the end of fourth year.