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Module title Paediatric Audiology
Module code AUDI6007
Module lead

Steven Bell

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External Examiner: Dr Kai Uus, University of Manchester
Faculty Engineering & the Environment
Academic unit FEE Ed - Audiology
Academic session first offered 201516
Credit Points ECTS 7.5
Level Postgraduate taught
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 MSc Audiology (year 1)
MSc Audio/Clinical Placement (year 1)
Programmes in which the module is optional MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 4)
Date of last edit 27th Jul 2016 - 3:32pm

Module overview

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the specialism of paediatric audiology. This module includes problem-based learning, and will also provide you with learning opportunities in a range of generic skills relevant to clinical scientists.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • The aims of this module are to facilitate the development your knowledge of paediatric audiology, your skills in critically appraising scientific arguments and evidence, and your skills at collaborative working as is required for effective practice in paediatric audiology.

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Explain current knowledge on the epidemiology of childhood hearing loss, effects of hearing loss on child development and the general aetiological investigations used after identification of hearing loss
  • B. Critically evaluate the scientific bases and clinical utility of paediatric hearing assessment methods in the context of child development, the aim of the assessment (e.g. screening, diagnosis and habilitation), principal habilitation options and current research in the field
  • C. Critically compare common approaches to habilitation of children with hearing loss, including hearing-aid prescription and evaluation, cochlear implant technology (for children with severe-to-profound hearing loss) and other common and emerging forms of management
  • D. Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication.

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

The principles and practice of newborn hearing screening programmes

Non-audiological assessment methods relevant to paediatric audiology

Behavioural assessment methods for children and stages of assessment. 

The importance of timely hearing assessment and its link to speech and language development. 

Factors that contribute to the successful hearing assessment of a child, e.g. accuracy, sensitivity, reliability and the scientific evidence underlying paediatric assessment methods. 

Planning and implementation of audiological assessment strategies taking into account the needs of the individual patient. 

Principles of selection, prescription, verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification for children including the role of carers and other professional in the process. 

Planning and implementation of a rehabilitation strategy taking into account the needs of the individual.

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Lectures in classroom environment

Practical demonstration session of paediatric testing methods

Facilitated group work

Non-facilitated group work

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 (✔)
Group Assignment for Learning Outcomes A and B Pass/Fail%
Individual Assignment for Learning Outcomes C and D 100%

Other Assessment Notes

Electronic feedback comments will be given for each type of assignment along with marks

Referral Method

By set coursework assignment(s)

Individual assignment 1 x 100%

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Learning Resources

Resource type: Background textbook

The main textbook related to this module is Paediatric Audiology 0-5 years 3rd edition, B McCormick (2003) - also available in the library.

Resource type: Other

Most resources for the module will be provided separately via the Blackboard on-line teaching system.

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 sessions8
Follow-up work8
Wider reading or practice10
Completion of assessment task105
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0