Undergraduate Flexible mode (Online)

What is flexible learning?

The flexible mode of study is a new offering at Monash University which will see the roll out of undergraduate psychology units in the online space, commencing with first year psychology in 2018.

Students who choose the flexible mode of study are not required to attend weekly lectures. Instead, students studying in the flexible mode will have access to online learning resources designed especially for this flexible offering, such as online workbooks containing videos by experts in the field supplemented with explanatory information, activities to enhance understanding and discussion opportunities with peers.

Tutorial classes for students studying in flexible mode are tutor-led interactive virtual classes that are offered during the day and in the evening- ideal for those who wish to study off-campus at a time and place that suits them. Online tutorial classes can be accessed via smartphone, tablet or laptop. The content of the online tutorial classes is matched to the content offered in the on-campus mode, but with greater opportunities for interaction due to the technology being utilised.

Students in the flexible mode have the same prescribed textbooks as the on-campus students and identical assessment tasks. The flexible mode is fully online, aside from the examination at the end of the semester which is on-campus.

Why flexible mode?

Learning in the new flexible mode offers convenience, flexibility and opportunities for interaction with your peers.

Convenient times -  traditional tutorial classes are available only during business hours and require attendance on-campus,whereas students studying in the flexible mode can choose from either a daytime or an evening tutorial class

Study wherever you have access to the internet and a laptop- study at home, at a library, or another place which you find to be most conducive to study and learning

Work through workbooks at any time of the week- this is particularly convenient option for those working part-time or have other work or life commitments.

Study at your own pace- you can choose to pause and replay videos, revisit and review written narrative and attempt learning exercises at your discretion.

Modern and contemporary - e-learning has been embraced in both academia and clinical fields Students who undertake studies in the flexible mode will be equipped to undertake postgraduate studies online in the future.

Student testimonial

Flexible mode allowed me to work on my psychology course at anytime during the week, without needing to be physically present on campus. Everything was available online through the Monash portal. There were ample resources given to complete the course which I used both during online classes and additional resources to extend the scope of the material.”

“The class I completed was unlike anything I had ever done before. I found this class to be incredibly interactive in comparison to the other units I was studying.”

Isabelle H.

Who can do the flexible mode?

  • Any student who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Monash University and has an interest in learning psychology
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and international students should seek course advice to determine whether studying in flexible mode is an option
  • Students are required to have access to a PC or Mac to complete the online workbooks. An in-built or external microphone and webcam are highly recommended


APAC accredited -students who complete the required number of psychology credit points are eligible to apply for postgraduate studies in psychology

Live tutorial classes: get a chance to interact and share your thoughts and ideas with other students in a live environment guided by a tutor.

Interactive learning activities: that will test and apply your knowledge through workbook.

Student support: flexible mode students will receive additional online support with any technical issues related to the learning platform or using Moodle site to work through weekly workbooks.

Years and Units

2018 Semester 1 PSY1011 Psychology 1A

This unit is an introduction to the discipline of psychology as a behavioural science. Topics include personality, the biological basis of behaviour, sensation and perception, an introduction to theories of learning and development, cross-cultural psychology plus an introduction to the historical origins of the discipline.

2018 Semester 2 PSY1022 Psychology 1B

This unit introduces students to topics including social psychology (e.g., how other people and the social environment influence how we think and behave), cognitive psychology (e.g., the exploration of internal mental processes), and abnormal psychology (e.g., what happens when our thoughts, feelings, or behaviour cause distress, and interfere with our ability to function). This unit also introduces research methodology (e.g., research design, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics).

2nd and 3rd year subjects will be available online from 2019 and 2020.

Contact us

T: +61 3 9905 3968 E: ug.psych@monash.edu