COVID-19 course and subject delivery information

Find out how we’ve adapted our teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated: 12.45pm, 23 February 2021

Teaching and Learning in First Half Year 2021

Teaching and learning will continue with mixed modes of delivery for First Half Year 2021 with some subjects being campus-based (for essential in-person activities), some a combination of both online and on campus in-person (dual-delivery) and some subjects to be delivered fully online. This is to cater for students who may not be able to travel to Melbourne for classes, and to provide a COVIDSafe campus in place in line with government advice and public health directives.

Check the subject entries in the Handbook for accurate information on their delivery modes. Learn how to stay engaged while studying online or visit the coming to campus page for information and guidelines to ensure your safe return to campus in 2021.

For key University dates relating to your course or the academic calendar, visit our key dates page.

Subject delivery modes in First Half Year 2021

The delivery mode refers to how the subject will be taught (on campus, online or a combination of the two). In First Half Year 2021, there will be three delivery modes for your subjects:

  • Dual Delivery

    These subjects are taught in two modes: blended delivery (online and campus-based) for students who can attend campus, and entirely online delivery for students who cannot attend campus.

    All students may enrol in these subjects.

    For students who are able to attend campus, these subjects will be delivered using a blend of Campus-based activities and online activities.

    For students who are unable to attend campus, these subjects will be delivered using entirely online activities.

  • Online

    These subjects are taught entirely online with no campus-based or in-person activities.

    All students may enrol in these subjects.

    These subjects have no campus-based or in-person activities and are delivered entirely online.

  • Campus based

    These subjects have essential, required activities that can only be taught in person Campus-based or in a physical location. These subjects may also include online activities and support materials on the LMS.

    To enrol in these subjects, students must be able to attend campus or a physical location.

    These subjects have a requirement for Campus-based or in-person activities that cannot be offered online.

You can find the delivery mode for your subjects in the subject listing of the Handbook which is the source of truth for your course and subject information.

Delivery modes for Second Half Year (including Winter Term and Semester 2) will be confirmed before the end of First Half Year. You will have the opportunity to review and adjust your Second Half Year enrolment once the delivery mode of your subjects for this period are confirmed.

If you’re not sure which study periods fall within First Half Year and Second Half Year, you can find out more by visiting What are half-year periods?

Teaching and learning activities on campus

The number of activities which can take place on campus in Semester 1, 2021 are managed carefully to ensure compliance with relevant COVIDSafe guidelines to enable a COVIDSafe campus. Government restrictions and public health advice continues to guide the University’s phased and gradual return to campus to ensure the health and safety of the University community, which is our number one priority.

  • If you are unable to return to campus 

    If you are unable to return to campus in time for the start of classes, a large number of subjects are available to study online to best suit your circumstances either in the Dual-Delivery or Online subject types.

    If you are unable to attend campus due to COVID restrictions, the Library can help to provide access to the material you need. Find out more on our Source online and print materials page.

  • If you can return to campus

    If you can return to campus and you have the opportunity to do so via the activities offered in your subjects, we encourage you to do so. The number and type of activities which can be delivered on campus is determined by the physical restrictions in place and our venue capacities. We anticipate that the volume of on campus activities will increase as the public health situation in Melbourne continues to improve and restrictions ease. As on-campus activities increase, we will continue to offer online activities in Dual-Delivery and Online subject types for students unable to attend campus.

    Note that we might not always be able to guarantee you a spot in an on-campus activity due to our reduced venue capacities. If so, we will let you know when capacities increase across campus and we can start inviting more students to return to partake in on campus activities. We will continue to increase the number of informal study and social spaces available on campus, and our libraries have been gradually re-opening from the beginning of 2021.

Participation and attendance requirements for Semester 1, 2021

For 2021, participation and attendance requirements apply. These requirements are specified by your subject entry in the Handbook. The requirements depend on the type of subject and its mode of delivery (dual delivery, online or campus based) and will be confirmed by your Subject Coordinator.

Assessments in First Half Year 2021

Most assessments in Semester 1 will remain online, with the possible exception of Campus-based subjects. Subject coordinators will communicate arrangements directly to students enrolled in their subject before the mid-semester break in Semester 1, 2021.

Honours and Masters by Coursework (with a Minor Thesis) programs

If you are planning to commence an Honours or Masters by Coursework (with a Minor Thesis) program in 2021, you will be able to do so. However, if you are not able to travel to Melbourne for the beginning of the academic year, you must discuss your minor thesis topics and research activities with your prospective supervisor before enrolling. Some programs may require you to attend on campus (in-person) activities or subjects, or require access to certain research infrastructure. Therefore, you should check in with your prospective supervisor to see what your options are. This might include determining whether any essential in-person activities could be phased across the year to facilitate attendance on campus if possible or required, or whether you should delay commencing your studies instead.

Privacy online

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 and 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 and Student privacy guidelines for Zoom.

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.

Frequently asked questions

  • I’m planning on travelling to Melbourne after Semester 1 has already started. Can I enrol in a Campus-based (in-person) subject?

    You may be able to enrol in a Campus-based (in-person) subject before you arrive in Melbourne, so long as it is before the census date for that subject and you can meet the attendance and participation requirements in the meantime. Please check the Handbook page and seek advice from the Subject Coordinator or the Course Planning team before choosing this option if in doubt.

  • If I enrol in a dual-delivery subject, how much choice do I have in selecting on campus and online activities?

    The range of in-person and online activities on offer for each dual-delivery subject will differ depending on the discipline and the delivery requirements. However, most dual-delivery subjects will have a mix of Campus-based in-person and online activities, and some opportunity for students to preference classes between the two modes of delivery.

    However, the number of on campus in-person places will be determined by venue capacities, building density and physical distancing requirements in place so we cannot guarantee a spot for every student who preferences an on campus activity. More places in on campus activities may become available as physical distancing requirements ease and we will let you know when this is the case.

  • Will the online content in a dual-delivery subject be the same as the in-person content?

    Yes. If you’re enrolled in a dual-delivery subject, the activities online and the activities on campus (in-person) will allow all students to meet the same intended learning outcomes. The subject objectives and intended learning outcomes will be as per the Handbook entry.

  • What happens if my circumstances change and I can no longer attend my classes?

    If your circumstances change and you can no longer attend the classes in which you have been allocated, your options will depend on what delivery mode your subject has.

    Dual-delivery subjects

    You may have the ability to change your class allocations from on campus (in-person) classes to online classes through the MyTimetable review and adjust up until the end of week 3 for Semester 1 subjects. If your circumstances change after this point and you can no longer attend on campus (in-person) classes, changes to mode of delivery of your classes can be requested via the Timetabling Assistance Form in MyTimetable.

    Campus-based (in-person) subjects

    Campus-based (in-person) subjects have essential activities which need to be delivered in-person and cannot be delivered online. Hence, if you can no longer attend the Campus-based in-person activities for these subjects, you will need to discuss your options with your Subject Coordinator.

  • What is an Off Campus subject and can I enrol in an Off Campus subject if I can’t attend campus?

    Some subjects are listed in the Handbook as being delivered Off Campus as they are delivered at a site which is not on one of the campuses of the University of Melbourne (for example, industry placement or internship).

    Off Campus subjects are the same as Campus-based subjects in that they are delivered in person and you are required to attend a physical location. The attendance will be offsite (not Campus-based) but will still have in person requirements (for example, internship, industry placement etc based on an off-site physical location). Therefore you can only enrol in one of these subjects if you will be able to attend the physical location.

  • I want to enrol in a subject based on the delivery mode it says in the Handbook, but in my Study Plan it’s saying a different delivery mode – have I enrolled correctly?

    Yes, you are enrolled correctly. The Handbook is the source of truth and has the most current information on subject delivery modes in first half year 2021. Don’t worry if you see different a delivery modes in your Study Plan for First Half Year 2021 (Summer Term and Semester 1), what matters is which delivery mode it says on the subject’s Handbook entry. For example, a subject that is published in the Handbook as ‘Dual Delivery’ or ‘Online’ may reflect as ‘On Campus’ in the Study Plan – but that’s okay, it’s definitely the mode that the Handbook says is it is.

    confirming your subject delivery mode in the handbook