Philosophy Flexible Learning
Several philosophy units are offered in flexible mode. These units are typically offered in semesters where the on-campus version of the unit is not offered (including summer semester). They mostly do not require on-campus presence, except for the exam. Some Flexible units are taught as intensive units in Summer semester (typically 2 weeks of on-campus lectures and workshops). So Flexible units are suitable for students who cannot attend lectures and tutorials on-campus during regular semesters.
For each unit there is a basic resource base of materials. These include a study guide, usually also a collection of readings and/or web-based resources. These materials have been prepared with distance education students in mind, so they are designed for students who will be working with very little face-to-face teaching. There is also a tutorial support service operating via phone, email and/or Moodle.
Because there is less face-to-face interactions, students in flexible units will need to be well organised and disciplined. You should expect to spend 12 to 15 hours per week on any unit. You will need to be highly motivated and capable of working independently. We will provide a good support structure, with timely responses to contacts and requests; but we will not provide a normal teaching program of lectures and tutorials.
Once you have your materials and any textbooks that you need, you’re up and running and ready to make a start with the course. You will usually get access to the Moodle site one week before the start of semester.
About the program
The assessment regime for units offered in flexible delivery mode will involve a series of tasks, each of which must be completed to a satisfactory standard before moving to the next. Flexible units are delivered throughout the 12 weeks of regular semesters, or over summer semester, or in intensive mode in summer semester, and the assessment tasks are time to these time-frames.
Note that it is not possible to enrol in Summer units via WES.
Your home faculty may ask you to have an Enrolment Amendment Form approved by the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies. If so, please call in to Room W604A in the Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk.
Summer semester officially starts in early November and ends with exams scheduled for early February. Summer off-campus units run the same over summer as they do in semester 1 and 2, spread over 12 weeks (unless they are delivered in intensive mode, in which case they run over 2 weeks, typically in early December, requiring on-campus presence).
There are no face-to-face lectures or tutorials in flexible units, though units typically have recorded lectures and other on-line material; there are also on-line forums and ways to interact with other students and the lecturer. Philosophy units offered in flexible mode do not have timetabled contact hours.
As an off campus student, your exam location depends upon your home address. If you will be living away from your usual address during the exams you should plan ahead and amend your address accordingly.
The following units are offered in Flexible Learning mode in Semesters 1 and 2 as well as over summer.
ATS1371 Life, death and morality (Introduction to Philosophy A) [S2, Summer]
ATS1835 Time, self and mind (Introduction to Philosophy B) [Summer]
ATS2861 God, Freedom and Evil [Summer]
ATS2946 Critical thinking: How to analyse arguments and improve your reasoning skills [S1, S2, Summer]
ATS3870 Philosophy of religion [Summer]
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is the cut-off date for enrolments?
A: No applications are accepted after two weeks when unit has commenced.
Q: How do I enrol for a unit?
A: For normal semester you can enrol via WES. For summer semester, if you are not an Arts student, you will need permission from your Faculty and enrol manually. See link http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/summer-winter/instructions
Q: Why can’t I enrol through WES?
A: Summer semester units will need to be enrolled manually.
Q: I have enrolled in WES but don’t have access to my Moodle site yet.
A: Moodle usually takes 24 hours for the system to recognise a new enrolment.
Q: I want to make changes to my enrolment but am having problems via WES and eSolutions cannot help me.
A: Philosophy Flexible Learning does not have access to alter, change or amend enrolments. You will need to contact the Arts Student Services desk.
Q: How do I enrol manually?
A: See link on how to enrol manually http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/processes/summer-winter/instructions
Q: I cannot see the timetable of lectures and tutorials.
A: Flexible learning is taught online therefore there will be no scheduled lectures and tutorials. Lectures are available on the Moodle unit sites.
Q: Can I enrol as a Flexible student and still attend lectures and tutorials?
A: No. If you want to attend lectures and tutorials and have face to face contact then you will need to enrol as a Day student.
Q: I have not done any Philosophy units before, do I need permission to enrol into a unit?
A: Some units have prerequisities, but most do not. The prerequisites are in the handbook. A student would only need special permission if they want to enrol in a unit they did not have a prerequisite for. They can ask the unit coordinator or flex coordinator for a ‘prerequisite waiver’. That might be approved if they had done closely related units or units at a different University. To ask, they just need to contact the unit/flex coordinator.
Q: Do I have to purchase any unit readers?
A: No. The unit materials are is available for download on the Moodle site.
Q: Where do I find the due dates of my assessments?
A: All assessment due dates can be found on the Moodle site in the Assessment tab.
Q: If I have a question or query about the assignment who do I contact?
A: You will need to email your unit coordinator. Their contact details are available on the Moodle site.
Q: If I go over the word limit will I get penalised?
A. Yes, you might be penalised if you go over the word limit, especially if you are significantly over the word limit. Check Moodle for information.
Q: How much can I go over the word limit without getting penalised?
A: Unless otherwise stated, all word limits are strict, so you cannot exceed them without running the risk of being penalised. In some cases, a ‘plus or minus 10%’ leeway is given. That means you can go 10% over the stated word limit without being penalised. (For example, if the word limit is 400 words, you can write 440 without being penalised).
Check Moodle or the instructions for the assignment to determine whether the 10% leeway applies. If the assignment instructions do not explicitly mention it, it does not apply.
Q: When can I ask for an extension?
A: Up to 2 day extensions are granted if asked 24-48 hours before due date. All requests should be sent to the unit coordinator. The unit coordinators details are available on the Moodle site.
Q: What if I require more than 2 days extension?
A: You will need to apply for Special Consideration. See Special Consideration below.
Q: Can I request an extension after the due date?
A: No. Late penalties will apply to work submitted after due date. Alternatively, you can apply for Special Consideration within two days after the due date.
Q: How do I apply for special consideration?
A: See link https://www.monash.edu/exams/changes/special-consideration
Q: Do I need to provide documentation for special consideration?
A: Yes. The Arts Faculty requires documentation to process special consideration forms.
Q: I have applied for special consideration but have had no response. Who do I contact?
A: You will need to contact email@example.com. Alternatively you can also contact Arts Student Services Desk on 1800 666 274 or level 2, south wing, Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus.
Q: I have applied for special consideration but still received late penalties on my assessments?
A: Late penalties will be applied until we receive official confirmation of special consideration from the Arts Faculty.
Q: I need another extension on my special consideration. Can the Philosophy Flexible Learning office grant me an extension on my current application?
A: No. The Philosophy Flexible Learning office does not handle special consideration applications. All requests and outcomes are processed by the Arts Faculty.
Q: When I look at my timetable, I see the venue but no seat number. Where will I sit?
A: Off campus students seat numbers are only allocated a few days before the exam.
(This will be for Centrally run exams only.) At your exam venue, follow the signs for OCL/Flex/DE students. You’ll be directed to a room or area different from that for on-campus students and staff will direct you to where you should sit.
Q: I’ve not changed my address on Callista and Exams have organised my exam where I used to live. What should I do?
A: Firstly, update your details in WES/Callista. Next contact Exams. For more information:
Q: If I have not completed all assessments am I still eligible to sit an exam?
A: Yes you are still eligible but you will still not pass the unit. All assessments must be completed in a unit.
Q: I will be in a different country during the exam period. How do I sit for my exam?
A: See Exam information for off-campus students.