Studying Online @ SASS

During this time of concern over health, well-being and safety of our students and staff, the way we deliver our units has had to change to comply with government regulations as well as international health and travel advisories. We have redesigned our units to be delivered fully online while maintaining the high standards of education quality for which Monash is internationally known. Below are frequently asked questions that we hope will address the questions and concerns you may have about the shift to online teaching and learning.

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What units are available for me to study online?
  2. All units that are offered by the School of Arts and Social Sciences in Semester 2, 2020 are available in online mode. You will be able to complete all of Semester 2, 2020 online even if you are outside of Malaysia. You will not have to return to campus to complete your units.

  3. I know units are now online but I am worried it will negatively disrupt my study.
  4. It is quite normal to worry about how COVID-19 will disrupt your study plans. You will wonder if you are able to stay on track with your study goals, no matter where you are in the world? Our answer is “Yes”.

    We believe that focusing on your university studies through the routines that studying involves can provide important anchors during these times of uncertainty. It will help you to stay grounded, motivated and in control. In fact, studying online gives you greater flexibility compared to on-campus study. You choose the best times for you to access the study materials that your lecturers have uploaded on Moodle, or to do the activities and tasks developed to support your learning. It is only if your unit has a synchronous class schedule where all students are invited to join that class at the same time that your study time will be fixed. But, aside from this, studying online means you get to decide the times that are best for you to engage with your units so that you get the most out of it. By doing so, you also develop a routine that can help you get through the various forms of movement control in place in Malaysia and in other parts of the world.

  5. Can I make changes to my enrollment?

    The census date (last day to discontinue units without incurring fees) for Semester 2 2020 teaching period is on 7 September 2020. Please refer to the Principal dates for the latest updates.
  6. We are here to help you organise your enrolment. You can update your enrolment in the Web Enrolment System (WES) or reach out to the Course Management Office (Arts) ( and they will help you to solve your concerns.

  7. Can I still participate in an internship or study tour?
  8. The study tour and internship units offered by the School, like other units, will continue to be offered so as not to affect students’ course progression. Innovative changes have been incorporated during this very uncertain and difficult time. Below is the status of the School’s internship and study tour units:

    AMU2685 Malaysian Studies (Winter, 2020)
    This unit will be offered in the Winter Intensive slot but with revised dates and without the study travel to Sabah. The unit will commence 13 July and end 2 August, 2020 in view of the revised exam dates (22 June to 10 July, 2020). Semester 2 will now begin on 3 August, 2020. The unit initially had a field trip to Sabah but is now called off. It would not be conducive for air travel and ground travel there in July given the trend of the pandemic. The unit will be redesigned to replace the study trip portion.

    AMU3744 Workplace Learning Internship (Summer B, 2020/2021)
    We will continue to monitor the covid-19 pandemic situation. Nevertheless, the unit has been identified to be offered as planned as this stage.

  9. I would like to change or add units, is this possible?

    The last day to add Semester 2 units is on 14 August 2020 and the last day to drop a unit without incurring fees is on 7 September 2020. Please refer to the Principal dates for the latest updates.
  10. The process is mostly the same as standard enrolment or re-enrolment.

    Review your course requirements, and find the unit(s) that you want to study in the course handbook.

    Once you have finalised your course plan please refer to this guide on how to add/remove units in the Web Enrolment System (WES).

  11. I am a bit confused trying to change my enrolment. Who can I talk to?
  12. If you are looking for help with WES, read this guide on how to enrol on the Web Enrolment System (WES).

    If you need some additional advice to work through your enrolment, please contact us at or make an appointment if you need one-on-one consultation.

    We are ready to help you through this.

    Online learning

  13. I have never studied online before. Are you able to tell me what it will be like?

    Let's hear first hand from our current students what it is like to study online.
  14. Online study provides you with the opportunity to optimise your education during a challenging time. The academic team at the School have redesigned their units in ways that will allow you to fulfil the various unit and course learning outcomes through the online mode. This will enable you to keep on track in your course while gaining the kind of world-class education for which Monash University is known. Our dedicated academic staff have committed to making sure that your study experience, though it will be different, will remain of high quality.

  15. So, will my learning outcomes still be the same?

    Your learning outcomes will remain the same as studying on campus. We have integrated new online learning models and methods so that we can provide you with the same content and outcomes you would receive from face-to-face learning but delivered in a new way, online. We do not promise you that it will be absolutely easy; as with all new things, effort will be required to get used to new ways of doing things. But, our commitment is to make sure that you gain the academic and broader skills that we have promised to deliver through the SASS curriculum. The difference is in the way that goal will be accomplished.
  16. Will it affect my transcript in any way?

    Your testamur, academic transcript and recognition will not be affected in any way at all. They will remain the same.