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Module title Audiology Placement
Module code AUDI6013
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 0
Level Postgraduate taught
When will the module be taught Full Academic Year
Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules
Programmes in which the module is core
Programmes in which the module is compulsory MSc Audio/Clinical Placement (year 2)
Programmes in which the module is optional
Date of last edit 27th Jul 2016 - 3:43pm

Module overview

The module will last a minimum of 40 weeks (9 months) and a maximum of 12 months starting the beginning of the academic year. You will gain experience of, and expertise in, all procedures, types of patient appointment and other skills as listed in the syllabus below. There will be a mix of continuous assessment and end of placement assessment.

See also the separate document Terms of Placement, which you will have accepted when accepting the offer of a placement: also available from


Aims and learning outcomes


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

  • The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to gain the knowledge, experience and expertise in audiology to ensure that you are prepared to enter the profession and undertake the breadth of practice expected of a newly qualified Healthcare Science Practitioner and as required for professional registration.

Disciplinary Specific

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

  • A. Demonstrate safe, effective, empathetic, efficient and patient-centred practice in real-time as described in the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) and with reference to appropriate national and local standards of practice such as published by the NHS (e.g. the principles and values that guide the NHS), your registration bodies (e.g. code of conduct) and your professional bodies. This includes clinical reasoning and problem-solving, communication with the public and other health care professionals, and collaborative working in multidisciplinary teams
  • B. Critically evaluate clinical practice in the areas covered by the IRCP in terms of underpinning theory and evidence from a range of sources (including fundamental science, clinical studies, systematic reviews, guidelines and standards)
  • C. Demonstrate that you have met the relevant Core Dimensions and Indicators of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF)
  • D. Explain the role and processes involved in clinical audit and service improvement
  • E. Reflect critically on, and self-motivate learning related to, your practice, your experiences, general practice and professionalism within audiology and health services, the feedback you receive, the feedback you give and the role of the Healthcare Science Practitioner

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

  • See the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) and placement handbooks
  • Reflective practice and your Professional Development Portfolio
  • The Knowledge & Skills Framework and your Professional Development Portfolio

Summary of teaching and learning methods

  • Observation of clinical practice
  • Participating in clinical practice under direct/indirect supervision (see Terms of Placement)
  • Receiving feedback on above
  • Self-directed study
  • Tutorials
  • Open door policy by clinical supervisor
  • Formal methods of formative assessment:
    • Continuous assessment and feedback via the Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) and the Professional Development Portfolio (PDP)
    • Feedback Visit by representative of the University
    • Evaluation by placement supervisor at end of placement.

Summary of assessment and Feedback methods

Assessment Method Number % contribution to final mark Final assessment (✔)
IRCP: see Placement Handbook for details. This assesses Learning Outcome A. All three elements of this must be passed for successful completion of module: continuous assessment (via the second Pathbrite portfolio and your hard/paper copy), the Assessment Visit and the full completion of the competency signatures. You are eligible for the Assessment Visit only if you have completed the core Sections B1-B5 of the continuous assessment component by the due date of the Assessment Visit. PASS/FAIL Pass/Fail%
PDP: due in near end of Spring placement (via the first Pathbrite portfolio). See Placement Handbook for details. This must be passed for successful completion of module. This assesses Learning Outcomes C and E. PASS/FAIL Pass/Fail%
Placement: you must complete at least the minimum 40-week clinical placement period. If you cannot because the Placement Centre removes you from placement due to your conduct, professional suitability or disciplinary matters or where patient safety is compromised (Section 9 of the Practice Placement Agreement) or because of the outcome of a fitness to practice process, you will be deemed to have failed the placement. Pass/Fail Pass/Fail%

Other Assessment Notes

You must pass all methods of assessment individually to pass the module overall; in addition, you must pass all components, sections and sub-sections of the IRCP to pass the module overall. If you do not, you will not pass the placement and there is no opportunity to retake it. In recognition of the high workload of the placement and the interaction between the PDP with the placement learning, one remediation opportunity is available for the PDP to students who would otherwise fail it. Note that the remediation opportunity will delay your completion of the placement module.

Referral Method

See notes below

No referral method or repeat year possible with this module.

Method of Repeat Year

Special Features

Students requiring reasonable adjustments to their placement activities need to ensure the placement co-ordinator is aware of these reasonable adjustments in sufficient time to provide them if appropriate. Many requests for reasonable adjustments can be accommodated.

You may need to have an additional criminal records check and an occupational health check immediately before starting your main placement.

Learning Resources

Resource type:

See Placement Handbook, the various resourses on the Placement Website - ( and briefings during Parts 1-3 of the programme

Cost Implications

(MSc students on placement are automatically covered by University travel/health insurance although a student may choose to arrange private insurance if they felt the University policy did not provide adequate cover.) 

Costs will vary by placement location, placement outstation clinics, personal circumstance and personal choice. For example, if you are allocated to a placement centre with no outstation clinics within walking distance from home in the UK and already have sufficient suitable clothing, your costs may be zero. If you are allocated to a placement centre in Central London and also use public transport from a London-based private accommodation to the centre and several outstation clinics, your costs could exceed £3000. Note that while we endeavor to allocate students to their preferred placement centres, our commitment is to provide a placement that is fit for purpose, wherever that may be; see the Terms of Placement document for further information (


  • Possibly £44 for an additional criminal records check (Enhanced with list checks) before starting placement; this is in addition to the criminal records checks you paid for as part of your application to the programme. Some placement centres require this; others do not (other) - £44
  • Possibly costs of immunizations as part of your occupational health clearance. This depends on the immunizations you have had previously and whether additional immunizations are covered by your existing healthcare arrangements (other)
  • Travel to the placement centre and all outstation clinics; see the Terms of Placement document available at (travel)
  • Accommodation (travel)
  • Sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our and the Placement Centre’s dress code (clothing)

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 sessions0
Follow-up work0
Wider reading or practice150
Completion of assessment task0
Placement Hours0
Year Placement0
6 Month Placement0