Research Methods for Hearing and Speech Sciences

Subject AUDI90002 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-Feb-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Feb-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and practicum sessions
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

Basic spreadsheet skills. Computer access with Excel and Minitab software.

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the 3 Disability Liaison Unit website : 4


Prof Richard Dowell


Audiology and Speech Pathology
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building
Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 4171
F: +61 3 8344 4188

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to research design in the behavioural sciences and provide the basic statistical tools and concepts for analysing relevant experimental data.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • critically examine research and literature in the hearing-related sciences;
  • understand basic research design and the generation of testable hypotheses;
  • understand basic statistical tests relevant to speech and hearing science and apply these accordingly;
  • undertake a scientific literature search.
  • Written reports on two computer-based practical assignments not exceeding 500 words each.
    These will take place in weeks 6 and 10 (20% each) - 40%
  • One hour written exam at the end of semester - 60%

Hurdle Requirement: Students must pass the written examination in order to pass the subject.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will have an appreciation of the ethical issues in scientific research and health care. They should also have improved their skills in general problem solving.


Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Audiology
Master of Speech Pathology

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