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Module title Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders
Module code AUDI6008
Module lead

Daniel Rowan

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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 MSc Biomedical Engineering (year 1)
MSci Healthcare Sci(Audiology) (year 4)
MSci Hearing Science (year 4)
Date of last edit 27th Jul 2016 - 3:33pm

Module overview

For those taking this module as part of pre- or post-registration audiological training or career development, the module is intended to provide fundamental academic and practical preparation for clinical work in the assessment and management of vestibular disorders. This will build on knowledge of the auditory system and auditory disorders to include the development of a contextual understanding of the anatomy and physiology of balance system, vestibular pathologies and their biopsychosocial consequences, the various forms of clinical assessment and various management techniques. Importantly, the module will also enable you to develop your clinical reasoning skills. 

For those taking this module as part of a non-audiology healthcare programme, the module is intended to provide a first step on the path to developing and extending your clinical knowledge and skills in the context of balance disorders. 

The module will combine traditional lecture-based, problem-based and practical learning techniques.

Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • Knowledge about the balance system generally and the vestibular system in particular, disorders of the vestibular system, the impact of the disorders on those suffering from them, and techniques used to assess and manage the vestibular system.
  • Cognitive and communication skills regarding the identification and critical evaluation of information from a variety of sources (including the research literature) in order to make evidence-based, patient-centred decisions and recommendations.
  • Pre-clinical practical skills in carrying out audio-vestibular assessments and management techniques using specialist equipment

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Explain the physical, biological and psychosocial processes involved in specific vestibular disorders and the differential diagnosis and management of them.
  • B. Critically evaluate the scientific evidence base behind vestibular assessment and rehabilitation methods
  • C. Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources (including the research literature and national guidelines) in order to make evidence-based, patient-centred decisions and recommendations
  • 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


  1. Physical, biological and psychosocial processes
  2. Patient interview and ‘bedside’ patient assessment including postural examination, eye-movement examination and vestibular-specific tests
  3. Videonystagmographic tests (including ocular motor and vestibular tests) and other objective tests
  4. Differential diagnosis (e.g. peripheral vs. central lesions)
  5. Functional assessment, rehabilitative techniques and measures of benefit

Summary of teaching and learning methods

Classroom taught lectures

Small-group Clinical Practicum sessions

Problem-based learning in small groups

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 23

Private Study hours: 117

Total study time: 150

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
Group report for Learning Outcomes C Pass/Fail%
Exam      (Duration:2 hours) 100%

Other Assessment Notes

Individual 2hr unseen written exam for Learning Outcomes A, B and D.

Feedback - a score after the exam and the opportunity to meet the Module Lead for verbal feedback

Referral Method

By examination

Individual 2 hr unseen written exam, extending from that above to assess all learning

Method of Repeat Year

Repeat year internally

Repeat year externally

Special Features

Combination of traditional lecture-based learning with problem-based and practical learning

Health and Safety

Generic risk assessments have been carried out on all procedures covered in this module. They are stored on a shared drive belonging to The Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. 

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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 practice103
Completion of assessment task2
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0