COVID-19 course and subject delivery information

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

Teaching and learning in 2022

First Half Year (Summer Term and Semester 1), 2022

Teaching and learning in First Half Year 2022 will continue in three modes of delivery to cater for students overseas who may not be able to travel to Melbourne in time for the start of classes.

The three subject delivery modes:

  1. Dual-Delivery: most subjects will be a blended mix of online (for students outside Australia) and on campus (for students in Australia).
  2. On Campus: some subjects with essential in-person activities will be only taught on campus.
  3. Online: some subjects will be delivered fully online.

Subject delivery modes for each subject are published in the Handbook.

For information about learning online or on campus, visit how to stay engaged while studying online or attending campus. For key University dates relating to your course or the academic calendar, visit key dates.

Second Half Year (Semester 2), 2022

Delivery modes for subjects in Second Half Year 2022 (including Semester 2, 2022 subjects) have not yet been confirmed. Information in the Handbook for Second Half Year 2022 delivery modes are subject to change and will be confirmed in the first half of 2022.

Subject delivery modes

  • Dual-Delivery

    Dual-Delivery subjects are taught in a flexible format on campus and online for students who can and cannot attend campus:

    • For students who can 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.

    Enrolment in dual-delivery subjects

    All students can enrol in Dual-Delivery subjects.

    Class timetable and Dual-Delivery subjects

    1. Selecting your timetable preferences. When you enter your class timetable preferences in MyTimetable, you will be able to choose classes (tutorials, lectures, seminars, etc) in the delivery mode (blended or online) that suits you best. Online classes will be prioritised for students outside Australia.
    2. Reviewing your allocated timetable. When the MyTimetable review and adjust period is open, you will be able to review your allocated mode of delivery. You can't change your allocation including from online to on campus or vice versa.
    3. Attending classes: Once class allocations are finalised, you are expected to continue in your allocated mode of delivery for the whole semester. If you are returning to Melbourne from overseas during semester, you will be able to request a swap from online to on campus classes where these are available via submitting a Timetable Assistance Form.

    Find out more about class types and delivery modes in MyTimetable.

    COVID-19 requirements for studying on campus

    All students attending campus will need to meet the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. If you are enrolled in subjects with on-campus components, you must validate your COVID-19 vaccination status with the University to stay allocated in on-campus classes.

    Students who do not meet this requirement before classes start will have their class allocations moved to online classes where this mode is available for your subject.

  • On campus

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

    Enrolment in campus-based subjects

    To enrol in On Campus subjects, you 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.

    COVID-19 requirements for studying on campus

    All students attending campus will need to meet the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement. If you are enrolled in subjects with on-campus components, you must validate your COVID-19 vaccination status with the University.

    Students who do not meet the University’s vaccination requirement will need to meet with a course adviser to discuss their study options.

  • Online

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

    Enrolment in online subjects

    All students may enrol in these subjects.

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.

Teaching and learning activities on campus

Under the Victorian COVID-19 roadmap, our campuses will  be open and accessible to students, staff and visitors who meet the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Our campuses provide access to our libraries, informal learning spaces, sports facilities, galleries, food, and coffee providers. On campus activities are carefully managed to ensure compliance with relevant COVIDSafe guidelines to enable a COVIDSafe campus.

We strongly encourage you to return to campus if you can, to engage in classes with other students and staff, and all that the University of Melbourne campus life has to offer.

If you are overseas and unable to return to campus:

Participation and attendance requirements

Participation and attendance requirements are mandatory and are specified in each subject’s entry in the Handbook. The requirements depend on the type of subject and its mode of delivery (Dual- Delivery, On Campus or Online) and will be confirmed by your Subject Coordinator.

Assessments in 2022

Most assessments in First Half Year 2022 will remain online, with some exceptions for Campus-based subjects. Subject coordinators will communicate arrangements directly to students enrolled in their subject about the assessments and how they will be delivered throughout semester.

Assessment arrangements for Second Half Year 2022 subjects will be confirmed in the first half of 2022.

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 2022, you will be able to do so. However, if you are not able to travel to Melbourne, 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 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

  • 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.

    Onshore students who are able to attend campus are strongly encouraged to select campus-based activities. Online classes will be prioritised for students overseas who have not yet been able to return to campus in time for the start of classes. Students arriving to Melbourne throughout semester will be able to request a swap from online to on campus classes where these exist.

  • Will the online content in a Dual-Delivery subject be the same as the in-person content?

    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.

  • If I arrive in Melbourne from overseas or interstate on or after the start of Semester, can I join an On Campus class?

    If you are enrolled in a Dual Delivery subject with Online and On Campus classes, you can request a swap into an On Campus class in MyTimetable when you return to Melbourne. You can make changes to your timetable directly up until the last day of the timetable adjustment period for your subject; changes after this time can be requested via the Timetabling Assistance Form.

    We strongly encourage you to return to campus if you can, to engage in classes with other students and staff, and all that the University of Melbourne campus life has to offer.

    International students arriving in Melbourne after 18 March when class registration closes and who are enrolled in a Dual Delivery subject with Online and On campus classes available, should be able to join an On Campus class. Contact Stop 1 when you have confirmed your arrival date for further advise about options for your class allocations.

  • If I arrive in Melbourne from overseas or interstate on or after the start of Semester, can I enrol in a subject only offered on campus?

    Students are able to enrol in subjects up until the last date to enrol which is usually the end of week 2 of semester for standard semester subject. In special circumstances, students may be able to enrol in subjects up until the Census date (31 March 2022 for Semester 1) with the permission of the subject coordinator.

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

    If your circumstances change and you can no longer attend your allocated classes, your options will depend on the delivery modes available for your subject.

    You can make changes to your timetable directly up until the last day of the timetable adjustment period for your subject; changes after this time can be requested via the Timetabling Assistance Form.

    Dual-Delivery subjects

    You may have the ability to change your class allocations from On Campus (in-person) classes to Online classes during the MyTimetable review and adjust period. If your circumstances change after this point and you can no longer attend On Campus (in-person) classes, changes to your classes’ attendance mode can be requested via the Timetabling Assistance Form.

    Campus-based (in-person) subjects

    On Campus (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 On Campus 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 (Summer Term and Semester 1) 2022. Don’t worry if you see a different delivery mode in your Study Plan, what matters is which delivery mode it says in 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

  • I want to enrol for a Dual-Delivery and/or an Online subject but my internet access is unreliable. What can I do?

    You will need a stable internet connection to undertake Dual-Delivery or Online subjects.

    If you are enrolled in Dual-Delivery subjects and can attend campus in person, you are strongly encouraged to choose On Campus, in-person delivery modes for classes in your Dual-Delivery subjects.

    If you are enrolled in Online subjects and can attend campus in person, you should make use of the University’s internet access. For more information check out our Student IT services as well as our bookable or drop-in study spaces on campus, which you can use to attend online classes.

    If you can’t attend campus in-person, and can’t upgrade your internet access for financial reasons, you can contact Financial Aid to discuss available assistance to help you access the internet more reliably.

  • As I started my course online, can I finish it online?

    The University acknowledges that there may be delays for international students to arrive in Melbourne, considering the limited airline and flight capacity, visa processing times and other possible logistical difficulties.

    If you are not able to come to Melbourne in time for the beginning of Semester 1, 2022, you can continue your course online.

  • What support can you offer me as a student studying online?

    No matter where you are located in the world, the University wants you to engage in an inclusive study environment. You can make the most of being a student while studying at home with resources and programs that can be accessed online. Visit the Online opportunities and support services page to access support you need.

    You are also invited to access University of Melbourne Study Hubs, including the China Study Hubs, and Study Melbourne Hubs established by the Victorian Government. Check out all the locations and find a Study Hub near you.

Further support

The University has a range of support services available to you. If you require further assistance, you can also submit an enquiry to Stop 1 for advice, or get in touch with UMSU or the GSA.