MSc/PGDip Advanced Audiology Studies

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Skills In Aural Rehabilitation

Course unit fact file
Unit code PCHN63350
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


This 15-credit unit focuses on the concepts and methods of aural rehabilitation and will enable practitioners to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, making sound judgements in the absence of complete data.

Participants will gain an understanding of the concepts and methods of adult rehabilitation and develop a complex range of specialist skills in aural rehabilitation including use of specialist equipment, communication training and problem solving.

This unit will support existing professional training routes by providing additional skills in understanding and working with the psychological and social impact of hearing loss. It will utilise different teaching methodologies, with some topics being taught on campus via lectures, practical classes and tutorials, while others will be delivered via Blackboard.



This unit aims to:

  • equip practitioners in audiology with the knowledge base to support provision of a service for patients with a wide range of hearing problems;
  • enable students to develop and use a range of counselling and communication skills to enable people with hearing loss to make informed choices about management of chronic hearing loss;
  • enable students to appreciate the ways in which change and development can be sustained through effective helping relationships.


Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Online learning
  • Directed and related reading
  • Self-directed study.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Have an understanding of the key communication skills required to enable patients to choose audiological interventions.
  • Describe appropriate health status measures and their function.
  • Describe the stages of change that affect audiological rehabilitation and their influences on patient behaviour.
  • Acquire awareness of the limits and boundaries of personal competence in applying counselling skills in relationships with patients.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise scientific literature.
  • Critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data.
  • Be able to articulate their response to the helping role.
  • Use of range of basic counselling skills to communicate effectively and to enable patients to prioritise their needs.
  • Develop their reflective practice.

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.
  • Build upon their developing skills through practice.
  • Demonstrate practical skills in reflecting on their impact in encounters with patients.

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.
  • 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.
  • Show their developing self-awareness and their ability to reflect critically on their practice.
  • Identify the importance of systemic working and define how this occurs in context.
  • Contribute their own experiences to considering how to bring about change with patients.

Assessment methods

  • Video assessment of practical demonstration.
  • Two formative 2,000-word assignments - 50% each.

Students who do not want to be awarded the credit points attached to this unit will need to engage with formative tasks allocated within the unit, but do not need to complete the summative tasks (assignments).

Recommended reading

  • Egan, G. (2002) The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity development approach to helping. (7th ed) Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole.
  • Culley, S. and Bond T.(2004) Integrative counseling skills in action (2nd Ed) London, Sage.
  • Alpiner, J and McCarthy, P. (1999) Rehabilitative audiology: children and adults. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
  • Elwyn, G. Frosch, D. Thomsen R. Joseph-Williams, N., Lloyd, A. Cording, E. Tomson, D. Dodd, C. Rollnick, S. Edwards, A. Barry, M. (2012) Shared decision making : a model for clinical practice.  J Gen Intern Med, 27,10, 1361-1367.
  • Resnicow, K. McMaster F. Rollnick, S. (2012) Action reflections: a client-centered technique to bridge the WHY-HOW transition in Motivational interviewing. Behav Cogn Psychother, 40,4, 474-480.
  • Rogers, C. r. The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions of Therapeutic Personality Change Journal of Consulting Psychology Vol 21, No 2, 1957.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

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