COVID-19 course and subject delivery information

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

Last updated: 09.47am, 27 September 2021

Changes to teaching, learning and student services

Due to current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions, amended arrangements are in place for some teaching, learning, and research activities. For more information about changes and access to services that may be of assistance, please visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): student advice and support.

Teaching and learning in 2022

Teaching and learning in 2022 will continue in three modes of delivery - with some subjects being campus-based (for essential in-person activities), the majority dual-delivery (blended for onshore students and purely online for offshore students) and some subjects to be delivered fully online. The modes of delivery are to cater for students who may not yet be able to travel to Melbourne for classes.

Check the subject entries in the Handbook for accurate information on their delivery modes. The Handbook for subjects taught in 2022 will be available from Monday 15 November 2021. For key University dates relating to your course or the academic calendar, visit our key dates page.

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.

Subject delivery modes

The delivery mode refers to how the subject will be taught (dual-delivery, on campus, or online). In 2021, there will be three delivery modes for your subjects:

  • Dual delivery

    These subjects are taught in two modes: blended delivery (campus-based and some online) 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.

    When you are entering your timetable preferences in MyTimetable, you will be able to choose the delivery mode for dual-delivery subjects based on the individual classes available and your location.  Onshore students are strongly encouraged to select campus-based activities. All onshore students will be able to preference on-campus classes.  Online classes will be prioritised for offshore students.

    You will be allocated to a delivery-mode after preferences have been entered and will then be able to adjust your allocation during the review and adjust period. Once class allocations are finalised, you are expected to continue in your allocated mode of delivery for the whole semester.

    Find out more about class delivery on MyTimetable.

  • 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 another 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.

Information about how subjects will delivered in 2022 will be confirmed later in Semester 2.

Teaching and learning activities on campus

Our campuses are open and provide access to libraries, informal learning spaces, sports facilities and, of course, food and coffee. On campus activities are being managed to ensure compliance with relevant COVIDSafe guidelines to enable a COVIDSafe campus.

We strongly encourage you to return to campus if you are able to do so, to engage in classes, with other staff and students and all the University campus life has to offer. Libraries, informal study and social spaces are open for student use.

If you are unable to return to campus, many subjects are available online to best suit your circumstances  either in Dual-Delivery or Online delivery modes.  In addition, almost all of our support services are available online. Explore our tips for staying engaged while studying online, find a specific service or contact Stop 1 for advice.

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

Participation and attendance requirements

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

Assessments in 2021

Most assessments in 2021 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.

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, 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

  • I’m planning on travelling to Melbourne after the semester 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.

    Onshore students who are able to attend campus are strongly encouraged to select on campus-based activities – all onshore students will be able to preference on-campus classes.  Online classes will be prioritized for offshore students.

  • 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 2 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 2021. Don’t worry if you see different a delivery modes in your Study Plan, 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

  • 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 encouraged to choose on-campus, in-person delivery modes for your dual-delivery subjects. 

    If you are enrolled in subjects with online delivery 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.

Further support

The University has a range of support services available to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.