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Module title Audiological Science 1
Module code AUDI2004
Module lead

Emma Mackenzie

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External Examiner: Mrs Wendy Stevens, De Montfort Unviersity
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 Semester 1
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 15th Apr 2016 - 2:07pm

Module overview

The modules Audiological Science 1 and 2 cover the scientific foundation of adult audiological assessment and rehabilitation. They build on Clinical Practicum 1 (neurosensory) and Biopsychosocial Basis of Neurosensory Science from Part 1 of the programme, in which you learnt the scientific rationale and the practical skills for basic audiological procedures, and they support Clinical Practicum 2 (audiology), in which you will be consolidating and extending your practical and professional skills.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • to enable you to learn the scientific basis of the specific procedures from Section A of the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP), building on Clinical Practicum (neurosensory) from Part 1 of the programme. There are three themes:  Otology. This covers the pathophysiology and medical/surgical treatments of ear disease and hearing impairment as well as the relationship between audiology and ENT services and the indicators of onward referral  Speech science. This covers the acoustics and perception of speech and the effects of hearing impairment on speech perception  Hearing devices and the fitting process. This covers hearing assessment, and device specification, selection, verification and validation.

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Explain common diseases of the ear and auditory system in terms of the pathophysiological processes, medical/surgical treatments available, the relationship between audiology and ENT services in their identification and treatment, and the indicators of referral to ENT services
  • B. Explain key physical and perceptual characteristics of speech, how they are analysed, and the effects of hearing impairment on speech production
  • C. Explain the rationale and function of many forms of hearing device technology and delivery in terms of the signal processing (acoustic, electronic and digital), international standards, the relationship with type of ear disease and hearing impairment, and the effects on the speech signal
  • D. Critically evaluate scientific evidence on the benefits and disadvantages of specific technological interventions for hearing impairment, for example in terms of different levels of evidence and the strengths and weakness of different study designs
  • E. Critically evaluate the selection and verification of hearing aids with respect to the auditory needs of the user, with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research)

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.

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Summary of syllabus content

  • Diseases of the external, middle and inner ears and their medical and surgical treatments
  • ENT services, their relationship with audiological services and the indicators of onwards referral
  • Basics of how speech sounds are produced and transmitted
  • Acoustic characteristics of speech sounds and how these can be analysed
  • Psychoacoustical effects of hearing impairment on speech perception and how it is measured
  • Introduction to non-linear analogue and digital hearing aids - Electroacoustic characteristics, compression terminology
  • Range of devices available to NHS and private patients, candidacy for devices, advantages and limitations of different options, consideration of the evidence base where appropriate.
  • Features and new developments in hearing assistance technology to improve speech intelligibility and reduce acoustic feedback.
  • Software and equipment for fitting hearing aids
  • Specification and measurement of non- linear hearing aid performance
  • Prescription/fitting of non-linear hearing aids
  • Verification of non-linear hearing aids

Summary of teaching and learning methods

  • Traditional classroom style lectures
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Computing labs introduced by a short lecture
  • Tutorials as and when required
  • Topic tests available on Blackboard
  • Open door policy by module co-ordinator
  • Lectures support small group practical sessions in Clinical Practicum
  • Self-directed learning
  • Collaborative learning

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 48

Private Study hours:252

Total study time: 300

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Group Presentation Pass/Fail%
Exam      (Duration:2 hours) 100%

Other Assessment Notes

Group Presentation - Pass/Fail.   2 hour unseen written exam= 100% - written feedback and opportunity to meet with Module lead for further feedback.

Referral Method

By examination

2 hour unseen written exam 1 x 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

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 supervision0
Demonstration Sessions0
Supervised time in studios/workshops/laboratories0
External Visits0
Summer Workshops0
Work Based Learning0
Independent studyHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Follow-up work24
Wider reading or practice42
Completion of assessment task2
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0