The BSc. OT (Witwatersrand) is a four year Honours equivalent degree, containing the two major subjects of Science of Occupation and Occupational Therapy. Subjects covered in each year of study are as follows:
Science of Occupation:"The science of occupation is defined as a basic science devoted to the study of the human as an occupational being. As a basic science it is free to pursue the widest and deepest questions concerning human beings as actors who adapt to the challenges of their environments via the use of skills and capacities organised or categorized as occupation".
The science of occupation (also known as occupational science) is a basic science which analyzes the occupations of human beings and the various factors that influence those occupations. It explores:
Occupational Therapy:The subject of Occupational Therapy is the study of how to remediate occupational performance that is disturbed or disrupted in some way. It is thus intrinsically linked to the science of occupation.
The educational methodology to be used in the undergraduate course is a hybrid version of problem based learning strategy which is outcomes driven. A This approach will be limited to the occupational therapy components of the course until such time as the resources are available to have a fully integrated problem based curriculum.
The department will further use the developing body of knowledge within the Science of Occupation to inform and direct the practice of occupational therapy with a strong focus on the application of Occupational Therapy theories and methodologies to the unique context of South African.
The department aims through its educational strategy to train generalist occupational therapists who are:
In developing and reviewing the curriculum we will engage with our partners to ensure that the educational content is appropriate, current and will enable competence at the work entry level.
The department will strive to develop a learning environment that is encouraging, supportive and sensitive to learner?s individual needs. The development of knowledge and skill will be enhanced by the providing of skilled educators and appropriate teaching space and resources and educational technology. A Affective learning, including the development of professional and ethical behaviour, will developed by making these issues overt in the curriculum and providing effective role models. A Appropriate strategies and support will be provided to compensate for compassion fatigue and the stress of dealing with illness and disability.