MSc Audiology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Paediatric Audiology

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN60052
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit provides knowledge and understanding of the range of aspects of paediatric audiology, taking into account the wider developmental, psychosocial and medical context.



The unit aims to:

  • provide knowledge and understanding of paediatric audiology in order to meet the requirements for employment in hearing health care service or research.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures, workshops, tutorials
  • Self-directed study
  • Problem-solving sessions
  • Case studies
  • Discussion
  • Report and essay writing
  • Directed and related reading
  • Private study laboratory sessions.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Be able to critically evaluate public health issues and initiatives with regard to hearing in children.
  • Understand the basis of maturational and developmental appropriateness of different behavioural and objective techniques to assess hearing in children.
  • Be able to critically evaluate diagnostic and management options of specific conditions (eg OME, ANSD, APD).
  • Be able to critically evaluate the principles of the selection, prescription, verification, evaluation and monitoring of amplification for children.
  • Contextualise childhood hearing loss.


Intellectual skills

  • Be able to critically appraise scientific literature.
  • Be able to critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data.


Practical skills

  • Present information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports.
  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner.
  • Work effectively as an individual or part of a team.
  • Use conventional and electronic resources to collect, select and organise complex scientific information

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effectively utilise a range of information sources including information technology / health informatics.
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-learning and independent thinking and to utilise problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Be able to set priorities and link these with effective time management.
  • Be able to critically evaluate their personal performance both as an individual and within a team.
  • Demonstrate skills in working

Assessment methods

Group work: Case Study (pass/fail)
2,000-word assignment - 100%

Feedback methods

Written feedback

Recommended reading

  • Howard, J. (2017) Mary D. Sheridan's Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years. 4th edn. London: Routlege. ISBN: 9781138655911
  • McCormick, B. (2004). Paediatric Audiology 0-5 Years. 3rd edn. London: Whurr. ISBN: 1861562179
  • Northern, JL, Downs M. (2013). Hearing in Children. 6th edn. San Diego: Plural Publishing Inc. ISBN: 1597563927

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kai Uus Unit coordinator

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