COVID-19 course and subject delivery information

Find out how we’re transitioning back to campus for all of our programs and students

Teaching and learning in 2023

From Semester 1, 2023, our undergraduate programs will be delivered on campus. In our graduate programs, three modes of delivery may be available – campus-based, online and dual-delivery depending on the program. Specific subject delivery information will be published in the 2023 Handbook on 14 November 2022. Check back for more updates in the meantime.

We look forward to welcoming back all of our students to our campuses, to engage with other students and staff, and to make the most of all that campus life has to offer.

Subject delivery for second half of 2022 – including Semester 2

Teaching and learning in the second half of 2022, including Semester 2, will continue in three modes of delivery. This is to maintain the vibrancy of our campuses while also supporting our overseas students who are not yet able to travel to Melbourne. The modes of delivery include:

  1. Dual-Delivery: most subjects will be a blended mix of online (for students outside Australia) and on-campus (for students in Australia). Some Dual-Delivery subjects will have in-person exams so please check the Handbook carefully.
  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.

We strongly encourage you to take your classes on campus if you can, to engage with other students and staff, and make the most of University of Melbourne campus life. If you are currently overseas, we encourage you to return to Melbourne for the start of Semester 2 if you are able to do so. However, we understand it will not yet be possible for all students to travel to Melbourne, so we are continuing to make flexible subject delivery options available in second half year 2022 to enable all students to progress in their studies as part of our transition back to campus.

You can find out the delivery mode for your subjects by checking the Handbook’s subject pages and visiting MyTimetable to view your class options.

Subject delivery modes

Delivery modes for subjects are published in the subject listing of the Handbook – the best location to find your course and subject information.

  • Dual-Delivery

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

    Some Dual-Delivery subjects will have in-person exams during the Semester 2 exam period (Monday 31 October – Friday 18 November). Please check the subject’s Handbook entry carefully (under the ‘Assessment’ section) to ensure you can meet your subject’s attendance and assessment requirements (ie you will be able to attend an in-person exam in Melbourne if required).

    If a subject is core to your academic program and has an in-person exam which you will not be able to return to Melbourne for, please book a course advice appointment to discuss alternative options. Changes to your enrolment should occur before the end of week 2 of semester.

    How to build your class timetable with dual delivery subjects

    • Select 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.
    • Review your allocated timetable: When the MyTimetable review and adjust period is open, you will be able to review your allocated mode of delivery. During this period, you will be able to change your allocation, including from online to on campus (or vice versa).
    • 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 by submitting a Timetable Assistance Form.

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

  • 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. To enrol in On Campus subjects, you must be able to attend campus or a physical location.

  • Online

    These subjects are taught entirely online with no campus-based activities. All students can enrol in online subjects. Please check the Handbook or MyTimetable for detailed information on subject delivery specific to you, as you may be required to attend some mandatory activities at set times, such as live Zoom sessions and online exams.

COVID-19 requirements for studying on campus

The University strongly encourages individuals to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations but no longer requires evidence of vaccination in order to access campus. To support a COVIDSafe campus, the University has implemented a comprehensive public health response. More information about these measures is available on our dedicated COVID-19 website.

Participation and attendance requirements

Participation and attendance requirements are mandatory. These requirements are published in the Handbook and depend on the subject’s mode of delivery.

Assessments in Second Half Year 2022

Most exams and assessments in Second Half Year 2022 will be delivered online. However, some On Campus and Dual-Delivery subjects will have assessments scheduled on campus. Please check the Handbook entry (Assessments section) for your subject carefully to make sure you can meet the assessment requirements for your enrolled subjects.

For advice and to change your enrolment if you are not able to sit your assessment on campus, please contact Stop 1 before the end of week 2 of semester to discuss your enrolment options.

Your subject coordinators will confirm how your subjects will be assessed.

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 when learning 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.

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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. 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

    Please note, in second half year 2022, some Dual-Delivery subjects will have in-person exams scheduled during the Semester 2 exam period (Monday 31 October – Friday 18 November). Please check the subject’s Handbook entry carefully (under the ‘Assessment’ section) to ensure you can enrol in these subjects based on your location and whether or not you will be able to attend the exam in-person in Melbourne  .

    For advice and to change your enrolment if you are not able to sit your assessment on campus, please contact Stop 1 before the end of week 2 of Semester to discuss your enrolment options.

  • 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 online and on campus (in person) activities 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 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. See Timetable dates (unimelb.edu.au) for further information.

  • 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 can enrol in subjects themselves up until the last date to enrol, which is usually the end of week 2 of semester for a standard semester subject. In special circumstances, students may be able to enrol in subjects up until the Census date (31 August 2022 for Semester 2) with the permission of the subject coordinator. Check the key dates for your subjects in the Handbook carefully and if need be contact Stop 1 for advice regarding your enrolment decisions.

  • I am enrolled in a Dual-Delivery subject with an in-person exam, but I am worried I will not be able to return to Melbourne in time to sit my exam – what should I do?

    If you’re enrolled in a Dual-Delivery subject with an in-person exam you need to be in Melbourne during the Semester 2 exam period (Monday 31 October – Friday 18 November).  If you are not able to return for the assessment period, you should change your enrolment into a subject with online assessment options – any changes to enrolment need to be made before the end of week 2 of Semester.   Check the Handbook entry carefully for your subject and if you need advice or need to change your enrolment contact Stop1.

  • 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 or book at Course Planning appointment with Stop 1.

  • 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 for 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.

  • I want to enrol in 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 2, 2022, you can continue your course online. However, the expectation for 2023 is that students are back on campus.

  • I only have one semester left in my course at the beginning of 2023 – do I need to return to Melbourne?

    We understand it might be difficult for some students with only a small number of subjects left to complete their course (eg 50 points or less) to return to Melbourne.  We are committed to providing flexible options to these students and once the 2023 Handbook is published and re-enrolment is open from 14 November 2022, we encourage you to book a Course Planning appointment through Stop 1 and to contact your Course Coordinator to discuss your options.

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

    No matter where you are  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 Support services for remote study to access the 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.