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Module title Clinical Practicum 1 (neurosensory)
Module code AUDI1009
Module lead

Hannah Semeraro

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External Examiner: Mrs Wendy Stevens, De Montfort University
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit FEE Ed - Audiology
Academic session first offered 201516
Credit Points ECTS 15
Level Undergraduate
When will the module be taught Full Academic Year
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 1)
BSc Hearing Science (year 1)
MSci Hearing Science (year 1)
BSc Healthcare Sci (Audiology) (year 1)
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 5th Jul 2016 - 10:42am

Module overview

This module will provide you with the basic clinical knowledge, skills and clinical experience for neurosensory science, covering audiology, neurophysiology and ophthalmology/vision science. The module consists of a series of compulsory small-group practical sessions associated with lectures and compulsory clinical taster placements (see Terms of Placement).

Aims and learning outcomes


Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale, theoretical basis and clinical utility of the following neurosensory procedures for use with adult patients, with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research)
  • Explain the principal sources of measurement and clinical uncertainty associated with those procedures, their impact on the interpretation of the results and the strengths and limitations of approaches to manage these sources of error, with reference to evidence. Important examples including cross-hearing and its prevention with masking during PTA; electrical noise and associated signal processing with EEG and evoked responses
  • Perform core procedures from the above list on individuals from a non-clinical population safely and with basic technical competence showing effective patient handling, communication, professionalism, interviewing and counselling skills as appropriate
  • Explain, and where appropriate demonstrate, the basic statutory and mandatory knowledge and skills of a health care professional
  • Evaluate critically the results of individual and multiple procedures with consideration to measurement and clinical uncertainty, leading to potential interpretations in terms of common neurosensory system pathologies, identification of key outstanding uncertainties and recommendations for further testing as appropriate
  • Demonstrate appropriate and consistent use of terminology, scientific conventions, scientific language, methods for presenting and reporting test results, professionalism and patient-centred approach

Disciplinary Specific

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Audiology: otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry (PTA), middle ear tests, aural impression taking and hearing aid testing:
  • Neurophysiology: electrode preparation and application, spontaneous EEG, EMG, nerve conduction velocity
  • Ophthalmology: ophthalmoscopy, subjective visual acuity testing (including Snellen charts, Landolt Rings), visual evoked responses

Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attributes are the personal qualities, skills and understandings that University of Southampton students have the opportunity to develop. They include but extend beyond subject-specific knowledge of an academic discipline and its technical proficiencies. The Graduate Attributes are achieved through the successful attainment of the learning outcomes of the programmes, and successful engagement with the University’s co-curriculum e.g. the Graduate Passport.

A checklist for embedding the graduate attributes is available at:

Summary of syllabus content

• Induction week

• Disability awareness training (whole group)

• Patient handling skills/communicating with neurosensory impaired people (whole group)

• Liaising with other professionals / reporting (whole or two groups)

• Awareness of National standards for testing patients

• EEG/EMG recording

• Visual acuity and resolution testing

• Basic audiometric assessment techniques

• Optical correction systems

• Introduction to hearing aids

• Middle ear assessment techniques

• Introduction to evoked potentials

• Introduction to and debriefing after taster placements

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include:

• Weekly small-group practical session and simulations

• Supporting lectures. These will provide theoretical knowledge of the underlying principles behind each procedure to support clinical teaching

• Practice sessions to enable students to practice clinical procedures under supervision

• You will be expected to practice clinical procedures in your own time. You will be able to go to clinical

supervisors for assistance

• Statutory and mandatory training – note you must pass this in order to proceed to taster placements

• Introduction to and debriefing after taster placements

• Clinical taster placements – see Terms of Placement


Study time allocation

Contact hours: 50

Placement: 150

Private Study hours: 100

Total study time: 300

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
OSCEs: of core procedures at end of Semester 2 addressing Learning Outcomes C and F 35%
Statutory and Mandatory training: completion of this prior to attendance of clinical taster placement addressing Learning Outcome D 0%
Exam      (Duration:120 minutes) 65%

Other Assessment Notes


Referral Method

See notes below

Referral Method. You need only refer in the component that was failed and in the individual
procedures as appropriate for the OSCEs

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Special Features

Practical sessions

Three fortnightly taster placements

Cost Implications

Costs may include:

Costs will vary by taster placement location, personal circumstance and personal choice. Note that while we endeavor to allocate students to taster placement centres which are convenient to travel to, our commitment is to provide a placement that is fit for purpose, wherever that may be; see the Terms of Placement document for further information (

Many UK/EU students will receive a bursary of £1,750 per year from the NHS for the first three years of the programme which are intended to be used towards the costs involved with being on placement. International students are not eligible for this payment.

  • During the application process for the programme, you will need to pay £44 for a criminal records check (Enhanced with list checks) in order to access the taster placements (other) - £44
  • Possibly costs of immunizations as part of your occupational health clearance. This depends on the immunizations you have had previously and whether additional immunizations are covered by your existing healthcare arrangements (other)
  • Travel to the taster placement centre and possibly outstation clinics; see the Terms of Placement document available at (travel)
  • Accommodation e.g. hospital accommodation (placements)
  • Sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our and the taster placement centre’s dress code (clothing)
  • Undergraduate students must register for travel/health insurance cover via the University online store whether abroad or within the UK or purchase their own private cover. See: ()

Appendix: KIS hours

Contact hours for Teaching:Hours
Seminars (including sessions with outside speakers)0
Practical Classes and Workshops (including Boat work)0
Project supervision0
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions7.5
Follow-up work7.5
Wider reading or practice-100
Completion of assessment task60
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0