Otago Polytechnic

Welcome to the School of Occupational Therapy

This section is for students who have a confirmed place on the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme for February 2017. Please read through all the information below well before the start of the programme and make sure you have completed all the tasks you need to do before you arrive on campus. 

Key dates and times

Orientation week: Monday 13 -  Friday 17 February, 2017

Throughout this week there are activities taking place within the School to orientate you to the Occupational Therapy programme. All Year 1 students are required to attend these (even if you have already been a student at Otago Polytechnic/Wintec on another programme). A full timetable for Orientation Week activities will be provided on your first day, but please note the following arrival details:

Dunedin campus
  • Monday 13 February - Mihi Whakatau and orientation. Please arrive at The Hub, Otago Polytechnic (Forth Street, Dunedin) by 8.20am. 
Hamilton campus
  • Monday 13 February - Pōwhiri and orientation. Please arrive at Te Kopu Mania o Kirikiriroa Marae on the Wintec City Campus by 8.45am.  

Regular classes start in the week beginning Monday 20 February, 2017. Click here for a calendar showing teaching weeks, assessment weeks, fieldwork placements and holidays.

Teaching timetables 

Timetables for Year 1 students in Hamilton are already available on the Wintec website – instructions are included in your Welcome Letter below.

Timetables for Dunedin-based students will not be finalised until the beginning of the semester.

You may be able to see some entries on your timetable already if you log on to the Student Hub, but these are incomplete and may change substantially right up until the beginning of the semester. Until we have confirmed to you that the timetable has been finalised, you should not rely on this for making arrangements for work, childcare etc. Unfortunately the timetabling system doesn’t enable us to block access to the draft timetables while we are preparing them. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. 

Further information for Dunedin students 

Please find below:

Further information for Hamilton students 

Please find below:

Further information for all students 

Please find below:

Computer information 

You are required to have access to a suitable computer for your degree study. 

Please note that if you apply for a Student Loan, you can also apply for course-related costs. The course-related costs part of a Student Loan helps with costs related to your study and can include computer equipment as well as stationery, books and travel. You can borrow up to $1,000 per Student Loan account for course-related costs.

Outlined below are the essential downloads and minimum requirements.

Moodle is the online site which provides you with course content, learning resources and up-to-date information necessary for your weekly studies. You will be accessing Moodle daily.

Students enrolled in our programme will require daily access to:

  • an internet connection – you will need a broadband connection to take full advantage of video and audio resources provided
  • an internet browser (e.g. latest versions of Firefox, IE, Chrome)
  • a computer capable of running the following software, accessing the internet and playing audio and video files (i.e. has a sound card with speakers or headphones)
  • media player software for playing common audio and video files either as a standalone software (e.g. iTunes, QuickTime, VLC media player) or plug-ins to your internet browser (e.g., Flash)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 7 or above) for displaying PDF files
  • a word processing programme – the latest Microsoft Word programme can be installed via a link in your OP student email account free of charge for the duration of your study. 

Students should also be comfortable with using the computer including basic file management, email and word processing skills. Access to and familiarity with using a digital camera and uploading pictures would also be an advantage.

Essential internet browsers


This browser can be used with Windows, Mac OSX and Linux systems.


Google Chrome

This browser is required for use with the Student Hub – Otago Polytechnic’s online information system for students.


Essential applications -software 

Adobe Acrobat Reader 

View and print millions of documents on the Web with the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader.


Microsoft Office Viewers 

Student email has web apps that let you create as well as view documents.

Online courses often use documents stored in Office formats. If you do not have Microsoft Office installed, you will need to download the viewing tools to be able to read them. 

File Extension: DOC, RTF Download Viewer File Extension: XLS, CSV Download Viewer File Extension: PPT, PPS Download Viewer

Essential applications - Media Players  

One or more of these - depending on the type of files you are viewing). 

Adobe Flash 

Adobe's Shockwave, Flash and Authorware Player plug-ins let you experience automation and entertainment in your web browser. 

File Extension: SWF Download 

VLC Video Lan 

VLC is a powerful media player, playing most of the media codecs and video formats out there.


Real Networks RealPlayer 

Play online audio and video content.

File Extension: RAM, RA Download 

Apple QuickTime Player 

QuickTime lets you view, stream and download digital media to your Mac or PC. 

File Extension: RAM, RA Download