Start Anytime

At Deakin we understand juggling work, life and study can be complicated. With Start Anytime you can begin a unit at any time of the year, and complete it online at your own pace.


What you can study

Deakin's Start Anytime program is open to postgraduate students who are eligible to enrol in the following units:

  • MPM701A Business Process Management
  • MBA710 Business Process Management
  • MIS770A Analytical Skills Foundations.

These units are part of several postgraduate business degrees, including the MBA, Master of Business Analytics and Master of Marketing.


Work at a pace that suits you

With Start Anytime, you can fast-track a unit and complete it in as little as four weeks, or take your time and complete it over a year. There are no assignment deadlines – you complete work within a time frame that works for you.

Study online anytime, anywhere

This unique learning program is offered via Deakin's Cloud Campus, which means you can study when and where it suits you. 

Your classroom is online, where you can access all your learning resources, participate in discussions and engage with teaching staff and your fellow students in your own time.

Depending on your circumstances, you can be enrolled in a unit for a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of one year. You don’t need to commit to the length of study period before you start.

Access support and resources

Enjoy easy access to all the support you need, including course materials, online learning orientation and online study support. You'll work in real time with students and academics, get one-on-one assistance and timely feedback on assignments.

Register your interest

To register your interest in Start Anytime, please complete the form below: 

Register your interest in Start Anytime

Contact us

If you've got en enquiry about Start Anytime, get in touch! 

Enquire about Start Anytime

FAQs

What can I study?

We are starting with two units in Deakin’s Business School.

  • MPM701A Business Process Management (Unit Chair: Jeff Chamberlain)
  • MIS770A Analytical Skills Foundations (Unit Chair: Jamie Mustard)

What campus are Start Anytime units offered on?

Start Anytime units are on Deakin's Cloud Campus. The Cloud Campus comes to you, whenever and wherever you want. And as an enrolled Deakin student, you are welcome on any campus, if there is one near you, or at any learning centre, where you can print and use Deakin's fast broadband for Skyping or watching and downloading videos.

How does the assessment work?

In Business Process Management (MPM701A), there are two written assignments, one worth 40% and one worth 60%. Both are individual assignments and the questions are unique to each student.


In Analytics Skills Foundations (MIS770A), there are two written assignments, worth 15% and 35%, and an oral test, worth 50%, conducted by Skype or face-to-face. You can submit the first two assignments when you are ready. When it's time for your oral test, you negotiate a time that suits you with your teacher.


You can submit each assignment when you are ready, and prompt feedback will be given (usually between five to ten working days).

Are there any exams?

There are no fixed point supervised exams in Start Anytime units.

Are there timetabled classes?

No. That’s the whole point – you learn at your own pace. The teaching materials are designed in a way that allows you to go as quickly (or slowly) as you want.

What support is available?

Teaching staff will run regular online workshops that you attend, You can post queries on discussion boards in the unit site and your fellow students or teachers will reply. You'll also have one-to-one support with your learning via Skype or email. 

Help is also available from the Deakin Library and other areas of the university such as language and learning advisors.

What does it cost?

Start Anytime units cost the same as the timetabled version of the units.

Can I do both Start Anytime units at the same time?

Yes, providing they fit into your course structure and your load. Contact 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733) or email myfuture@deakin.edu.au.

Can I do a Start Anytime unit at the same time as a normal trimester unit?

Yes, you can.

Why are there only two units available?

These two units were selected because they are popular and particularly well suited to this style of independent, flexible learning.

Will more units be available for Start Anytime?

The Start Anytime program will be rolled out to further units across other faculties over time.

What degrees do these units enable access to?

You can access several prestigious postgraduate degrees in Deakin’s Business School:

How do I enrol?

Self enrolment is not open. Students can register their interest by completing this form.

I'm not currently studying at Deakin

If you wish to begin a degree listed above, check the entry requirements for each course (on the course page linked from the list above) and apply as a new or current student. Then you will join a community of teachers and learners and work at your own pace. There will be weekly timetabled meetings online which are not compulsory. All your learning resources will be available to you, but there are no compulsory timetabled learning activities. You submit assignments when you are ready and you will get quick feedback. There are no final supervised exams in Start Anytime units. 

I am a current Deakin student 

If you are already enrolled in one of the degrees listed above, and you have not already completed MPM701 or MIS770, you will be able to study in this new, exciting way.
Enrolment for Start Anytime is not yet open, but you can register your interest in the Start Anytime program.
You will join a community of teachers and learners and work at your own pace. There will be weekly timetabled meetings online which are not compulsory. All your learning resources will be available to you, but there are no compulsory timetabled learning activities. You submit assignments when you are ready and you will get quick feedback. There are no final supervised exams in Start Anytime units.
If you are enrolled in a Deakin degree not listed above, you can still enrol in one of the units provided the unit fits into your course structure – as an elective, for example.
Enrolment for Start Anytime is not yet open, but you can register your interest in the Start Anytime program.

What will appear on my transcript?

The unit code and your mark and grade, just as for your timetabled units.

Where can I find out more?

The Start Anytime program will be rolled out to further units across other faculties over time. Read about Start Anytime in the media release in Deakin’s newsroom. Current students should contact 03 9244 5041 or email blact@deakin.edu.au. Prospective students should contact 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733) or email myfuture@deakin.edu.au.  

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