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Module title Introduction to Paediatric Audiology
Module code AUDI3003
Module lead

Steven Bell

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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 1
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 22nd Feb 2016 - 2:57pm

Module overview

The module will provide trainee audiologists as firm background in the issues involved in paediatric audiology, including child, speech and language development, childhood hearing impairment and it’s multifaceted impact, paediatric hearing assessment and the important of early intervention. The module runs across Semester 1 of Year 3 and will involved lectures, self-directed individual work, on-line resources, quizzes and, building on your experiences during the summer placements, some practical introductions to paediatric hearing assessment related to the Individual Record of Clinical Practice.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • To introduce you to the normal development of hearing, speech and language in children, including the concept of the critical period and prominent theories of language acquisition
  • To introduce you to the epidemiology and pathophysiology of hearing impairment in children and the impact of hearing impairment on child development, particularly language, educational and social development
  • To introduce you to the commonly used methods used for hearing assessment in children for the purposes of diagnosis and to address individual needs for habilitation
  • To intorudce you to the importance of early intervention and family-centred, multidisciplinary aural habilitation

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Explain the prominent theories of speech and language acquisition and development in relationship to key developmental milestones
  • B. Explain the effect of hearing impairment on child development, including language, educational and social development
  • C. Critically evaluate the most common methods of hearing assessment used with children, including their underlying principles and the interpretation of their results
  • D. Critically evaluate the importance of early intervention and family-centred, multidisciplinary aural habilitation, including specific methods used in habilitation, how habilitation is linked to assessment results and the general care pathway as applied to hearing-impaired children

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

  • Biology of language, including the concept of the critical period
  • Theories of speech and language, including theories of language acquisition
  • Milestones of normal child development particularly of speech and language
  • Epidemiology of, and screening for, hearing impairment in childhood
  • Strategies for assessment
  • Practicals on hearing assessment (1) of babies and toddlers; (2) pre-school children
  • Constructing and interpreting patient history
  • Selecting appropriate tests for different ages
  • An introduction to Sections A7 and A21-23 of the IRCP
  • Indications for medical/surgical management or onward referral
  • Basic habilitation approaches applied to children
  • Assessment for cochlear implant candidacy
  • Basic surgical, medical and audiological aspects of cochlear implantation

Summary of teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures in classroom environment
  • Collaborative learning
  • Self-directed study
  • Small-group practicals

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 121

Private Study hours:129

Total study time: 150

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Individual Assignment (Learning outcomes A, B,C) 70%
Group Assignment (Learning outcome D) 30%

Referral Method

By set coursework assignment(s)

Individual Assignment (combined) 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 sessions6
Follow-up work6
Wider reading or practice34
Completion of assessment task89
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0