Subject AUDI90015 (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 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-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: 19 hours
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours





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Core Participation Requirements:

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 Disability Liaison Unit website :


Mr Dominic Power


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 explores the physics of the generation, propagation and measurement of sound.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the physical parameters of sound (intensity, frequency, period and phase).
  • Understand the concept of the decibel and be able to convert sound pressure and intensity levels to decibels and vice versa.
  • Understand complex waves and resonance, and how these concepts relate to filters and speech acoustics.
  • Understand sound transmission and room acoustics, and be able to measure sound levels and calculate reverberation time in a room.
  • Understand the concept of impedance and how mechanical and acoustic impedance relate to audiological testing.
  • Two short tests during class worth 10% each – 20%
  • A two hour written examination at the end of the semester – 80%.

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

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should show:

  • Well developed problem-solving abilities
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats

Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Audiology

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