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Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Vestibular Assessment and Management

Unit code HCDI60022
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
Offered by Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge necessary to support clinical skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of adults with vestibular dysfunction.


Develop knowledge of vestibular pathologies, types of dysfunction, aetiology and prevalence, and the basic principles and practice of history taking, vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, in order to meet the requirements for employment in hearing healthcare service or research.


Teaching and learning methods

This will always be a blended approach consisting of:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Self-directed and directed study/reading
  • Practicals

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology underlying the vestibular system.
  • Recognize the importance of and be able to list the important components of a vestibular case history, and the way in which this is taken
  • Critically evaluate the range of vestibular assessment techniques and the situations in which they may be used
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base required to carry out vestibular assessments reliably and interpret the results obtained from them

Intellectual skills

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

Practical skills

  • 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

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Use of library
  • Academic reading
  • Independent learning

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Written feedback

Recommended reading

Jacobson and Shepherd (2008): Balance function, assessment and management. Plural, San Diego.

Bronstein AM and Lampert T (2007) Dizziness (with cd rom). A practical approach to diagnosis and management (Cambridge Clinical Guides)

Davies, S Vestibular diagnostic studies (Overview of testing from

Herdman, S & Clendaniel, R (2014) Vestibular Rehabilitation (4 Ed). Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation, FA Davis Company,

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Deborah Cane Unit coordinator

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