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Module title Experimental Audiological Research
Module code AUDI2001
Module lead

Ben Lineton

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External Examiner: Mrs Wendy Stevens
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit FEE Ed - Audiology
Academic session first offered 201516
Credit Points ECTS 7.5
Level Undergraduate
When will the module be taught Semester 2
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 2)
BSc Hearing Science (year 2)
MSci Hearing Science (year 2)
BSc Healthcare Sci (Audiology) (year 2)
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 19th Oct 2016 - 10:44am

Module overview

This module provides the opportunity to gain deeper learning of the perception of hearing and to apply this, along with your new knowledge of research design and statistics, by conducting a small-scale experiment to investigate some aspect of hearing.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • Inspire an enthusiasm for, and engagement in, scientific exploration and discovery
  • Facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of the processes involved in hearing and our capabilities for integrating knowledge across disciplines and modules (e.g. Basic Neurosensory Assessment; Clinical Measurement and Training; Physiological and Psychophysical Measurement; Applied anatomy Physiology and Pathophysiology).
  • Facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of general issues related to the research process and experimental design, and of a range of specific issues for audiological research.
  • Facilitate the development of your general scientific skills in areas of: • thinking (e.g. curiosity, critical analysis and reasoning, integration of knowledge across• disciplines, integration of theory and observations, problem solving strategies, creativity) • working (e.g. technical, collaborative and independent working, project management and • data analysis) • communication (e.g. written, graphical and verbal)

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Explain (i) key processes involved in hearing (signal detection, loudness and pitch perception, frequency and temporal resolution and binaural hearing), (ii) how these are affected by different forms of hearing impairment and (iii) how these are related to speech intelligibility
  • B. Develop and articulate a specific, answerable and justifiable research question demonstrating critical evaluation of previous research from relevant disciplines
  • C. Design, conduct, interpret and report an experiment based on this research question, demonstrating critical evaluation in its design and interpretation
  • D. Demonstrate effective scientific thinking, working and communication skills, including collaborative working.

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

• Hearing acuity (thresholds, masking, frequency resolution, signal detection and effects of hearing loss)

• Suprathreshold aspects of hearing (loudness, pitch, temporal resolution and effects of hearing loss)

• Speech intelligibility, effects of hearing loss and inter-relationships amongst measures of hearing function

• Binaural hearing and effects of hearing loss

• Recap on research methods and statistics

• Calibration and applied electroacoustics

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include:

  • There is a 2-hr slot scheduled for this module every week. These slots will involve lectures, tutorials and group work.
  • You will also need to work in your own time and in timetabled independent learning sessions in order to supplement the scheduled sessions. In addition to the information resources available to you, you will be able to meet with the module staff for assistance as and when required.

Learning activities include:

  • Lectures on processes involved in hearing.
  • Facilitated and unfacilitated group work sessions related to Assignment 2 (NARP).
  • Tutorials.
  • Assignments.
  • Working in your own time and in timetabled independent learning sessions. You are expected to read supporting texts outlined in the book list and make reference to appropriate academic journals in order to support lectures.

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 25

Private Study hours:125

Total study time: 150

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Assignment. Poster and abstract explaining experiment (team work). This assesses Learning Outcomes B-D. 65%
Exam      (Duration:90 minutes) 35%

Other Assessment Notes

Exam. End of semester 2. 2hr, written, unseen, no notes (individual work). This assesses Learning Outcome A. Feedback by contacting the module coordinator to meet and discuss.

Referral Method

By examination

One 2hr exam. 1 x 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Learning Resources

Resource type:

provided separately

Cost Implications


Appendix: KIS hours

Contact hours for Teaching:Hours
Seminars (including sessions with outside speakers)0
Practical Classes and Workshops (including Boat work)0
Project supervision17
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions4
Follow-up work4
Wider reading or practice13
Completion of assessment task94
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0