Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

303542 v.3 Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)

BSc(Curtin), BSc(Hons)(Curtin)

Course CRICOS Code: 003888G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation. Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people (and their communities) who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation. Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by physical, social attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice may be directed to changing aspects of the environment to enhance participation.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

At least one TEE Science subject.

Specific Requirements

All applicants (except Year 12 school leavers currently studying TEE in WA for the first time) must complete a personal information form. Applications without this form will not be considered. For a personal information form contact the School of Occupational Therapy on (08) 9266 3602. Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication. Students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate within four weeksof entry into the first year of the course. In addition, throughout the course, students are required to have passed all units in a year before being allowed to proceed to the next year. The STAT is not accepted for entry to this course.


Selection is based on the tertiary entrance rank for Year 12 students. Other criteria applies for non-school leaver applicants. Part-time students are not accepted.

Duration and Availability

This course is four years full-time study.

Course Organisation

Clinical practice throughout the course is undertaken in a number of hospitals and allied institutions with the cooperation of the relevant specialist and administrative staff.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists and for registration with the Occupational Therapists Registration Board of Western Australia. The course is recognised by the World Federation of OccupationalTherapists (WFOT).

Career Opportunities

Occupational therapy is practiced in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, homes, workplaces, schools, reform institutions and housing for seniors. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process, and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation. Opportunities exist throughout Australia and other member countries of WFOT.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13019 v.2   Psychology 123 3.0 25.0
1643 v.7   Human Biology 133 4.0 25.0
309629 v.1   Anatomy 131 4.0 25.0
309630 v.1   OT 111 - Measurement 3.0 12.5
7713 v.9   Health Science Communication 180 2.0 12.5

Year 1 Semester 2

1441 v.4   Psychology 114 2.0 12.5
303034 v.2   Human Biology 132 2.5 12.5
309631 v.1   OT 122 - Pathophysiology 1.0 25.0
309632 v.1   OT 142 - Foundations of Occupatonal Therapy 4.0 25.0
309633 v.1   OT 132 - Neuroscience Neurodevelopment 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

309634 v.1   OT 201 - Health and Occupation 3.0 25.0
309635 v.1   OT 211 - Environment, Health and Disability 3.0 25.0
309636 v.1   OT 221 - Contextual Determinants of Health, Illness and Disability 3.0 25.0
309637 v.1   OT 231 - Neurology 3.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

309638 v.1   OT 242 - Neuropsychiatry 3.0 25.0
309639 v.1   OT 252 - Individual and Group Counselling 5.0 25.0
309717 v.1   OT 262 - Applied Ergonomic Performance 3.0 25.0
309719 v.1   OT 272 - Kinesiology and Applied Biomechanics 3.0 25.0

Year 3 Semester 1

303103 v.4   Occupational Therapy Third and Fourth Year Stream   400.0
303104 v.4   Honours Occupational Therapy Stream   400.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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