COVID-19 course and subject information

Find out how COVID-19 may affect your studies.

Last updated: 10.08am, 14 September 2020

For the rest of 2020, we’ll continue to deliver your classes, services and events online, with only a small number of subjects being taught in-person when government restrictions allow. To help you make the most of being a student while studying at home, we’ve put together some resources and programs you can access online to stay engaged with your studies and your university experience.

Key dates

Census dates and last dates to withdraw

Census dates and last dates to withdraw without fail have been extended by two weeks for standard Semester 2, Semester 2 Early Start, and Semester 2 Extended subjects. This means that you have extra time to decide if your subjects and study load are right for you. Key dates for non-standard subjects that start in the second half of the year have also been reviewed and some have been extended too. All key dates are accurately reflected in the Handbook. As dates vary by subject, always check the Handbook entry for each of your enrolled subjects and be aware of these important dates.

Incorrect subject census dates may continue to show on your student invoice or statement of liability. You should refer to the Handbook as the source of truth for your subject census dates. Your student invoice will still display the correct payment due date.

Changes to the academic calendar

The 2020 University calendar has been pushed back by one week, and Semester 2, 2020 commenced on Monday 3 August. See key dates for the most up-to-date academic calendar or download a detailed revised Academic Calendar (PDF 130.9 KB) that you can print at home.

Subject delivery modes

Lectures, tutorials and interactive seminars

Most Semester 2 subjects will continue to be delivered online via the LMS, and there are a small number of subjects being taught in-person when Government restrictions allow. Visit the LMS for information on how your classes will be delivered. Large group teaching will remain online.

To help you feel safe when spending time on our virtual campus, we’ve created a guide explaining what practices and behaviours are expected of you and your peers while online.

Specialist and practical classes

Specific arrangements for specialist classes, practical classes, performances and design studios delivered online will vary from subject to subject. Check the LMS for details.


Your University supervisor will work with your supervisors in your clinical or work-based environment to decide whether your placement can still go ahead.  If you can’t complete your placement as anticipated, alternative arrangements will be made wherever possible.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is working closely with its partners to deliver student clinical placements in line with current health advice. Students who are closest to graduation are being prioritised for placement where possible. For the latest information, contact your discipline placement coordinator.

Where possible, Education placements are planned to go ahead in Semester 2, subject to Government restrictions. Check your subject entry in the LMS for more information.

Online subject participation requirements

There may be different participation requirements for online and in-person activities in Semester 2. Check the LMS subject page for information, and ask your subject coordinator if you are unclear about the participation requirement for your subjects in Semester 2.

If you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not well enough to continue classes for a period of time, you will be automatically considered for Special Consideration once we receive supporting documentation.

  • Asynchronous activities with flexible participation (not at a set time)

    Online subjects might have asynchronous (not at a set time) activities that you need to participate in or engage with. This means that there might be lectures, tutorials or other online activities that you need to attend or complete, but not at the time they’re held in Australia. Asynchronous activities allow you to be flexible with when you participate with your activity, no matter the time zone you’re in, or whether you have any technical difficulties.

  • Synchronous activities (at a set time)

    Your subject might have synchronous (at a set time) activities, like a lecture, tutorial or other online activities that you are required to participate in at the time that they’re held in Australia. Contact your subject coordinator if you’re concerned that you will not be able to participate in your synchronous activity at the time that it’s held, and they will help you with what to do next.

  • Attendance expectations for subjects with in-person activities

    Subjects which have in-person activities in Semester 2 will have clear expectations around attendance as these are essential specialist or practical activities which must be delivered in-person.

    If you are enrolled in a subject with essential in-person activities and you can’t attend the activities because of health or personal reasons, you should contact your subject coordinator.  If you are waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not well enough to continue classes for a period of time, you will be automatically considered for Special Consideration once we receive supporting documentation.

    If your course plan includes subjects with in-person activities but you are overseas, interstate or in regional Victoria or you can’t attend campus for health or personal reasons, please book a course planning appointment to discuss your study plan options.

Privacy online

As a result of our move to a fully virtual campus, tutorials and other classes may be recorded and uploaded to the LMS. We record your classes so that you can use the recordings to revise your subject material for assessments and exams. We don’t use the recordings for any other purpose. If you do not want your image to be recorded during one of these classes, you should let your lecturer or tutor know you can turn off your video camera. However, as it is expected that you will actively participate in your classes, it is not be possible to exclude your voice from any recording.  For further information, please see the LMS Privacy Collection Notice.

Please review our guide to good practices and appropriate online behaviours while studying online to help you ensure that all students and staff are treated with respect online.