MSc Audiology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Adult Auditory Assessment

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN69411
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge that underpins diagnostic Audiology as well as an understanding of the practice.


The unit aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge that underpins diagnostic Audiology as well as an understanding of the practice.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures and Seminars (on-campus)
  • Online learning
  • Directed and related reading
  • Self-directed study
  • Practical classes (online/simulated and on-campus)

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically evaluate the type of patient recordings, stimulus and recording parameters used in the recording of auditory evoked potentials.
  • Critically evaluate the fundamental principles of the psychophysical assessment of auditory pathologies.
  • Describe the range and basic function of routine audiological equipment and critically evaluate their use in the everyday assessment of hearing, tinnitus and balance in patients.
  • Evaluate investigations and treatment of routine otological and audiological disorders.
  • Discuss the prevalence and incidence of hearing loss and tinnitus.
  • Describe the use of advanced diagnostic procedures.
  • Discuss the impact of cochlear dead regions and understand how these are assessed.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise scientific literature.
  • Critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data.

Practical skills

  • Describe how different auditory assessments and investigations can contribute to a holistic patient approach in the diagnosis and care.
  • Critically evaluate how different auditory assessments and investigations can be combined in differential diagnosis of disease, or disability.
  • Critically evaluate the role of a multi-professional approach to the assessment and management of patients.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Critically evaluate their personal performance both as an individual and within a team.
  • Demonstrate skills in working collegiately and effectively with others as a member of a team.

Assessment methods

Time released (long and short answer) exam paper style online assessment (100%).

Feedback methods

Written feedback

Recommended reading

Essential reading:

  • British Society of Audiology (BSA). Recommended procedures.
  • Katz J (Ed). (2009). Handbook of Clinical Audiology. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia.
  • Gelfand, S (2009) Essentials of Audiology (3 Ed), Thieme Medical Publishers, New York.
  • Martin, M (1997) Speech Audiometry. 2nd Edition, Whurr.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Timothy Wilding Unit coordinator

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