1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop-1 weekly
1 x 6-hour workshop-2 once-only
1 x 7-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
2 6 of DSRS3222, HLTH3102, HLTH3105, MMED3932, MMED3941, REHB3001
3 Admission into MOT-Master of Occupational Therapy
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3))
1 OCCT8001 - The Occupational Therapy Process
2 REHB8101 - Interprofessional Practice
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assignments; Tutorial Presentations
Topic description

Occupational Science is the study of humans as occupational beings which examines the links between engagement, occupation, culture, health and well-being.

Educational aims

This topic will examine occupational science and its relation to occupational therapy. Students will study humans as occupational beings and examine the relationship between occupation, culture, health and well-being, and occupational justice.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between occupation, health and well-being
  2. Analyse the complex factors that influence time use and apply the concepts of occupational balance
  3. Analyse the effect of the environment on occupational engagement and performance
  4. Analyse patterns of occupation and their relationship to health and well-being
  5. Examine and respond to the unique perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences of health, wellbeing and occupation, encompassing cultural connections
  6. Apply the concepts of occupational justice for both individuals and populations
  7. Articulate health and social issues from an occupational lens

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.