Pathologies of the Auditory System

Subject AUDI90016 (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: Lectures: 17 hours. Clinics: 4 hours of attendance at ENT outpatient clinics
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 :


Dr Elizabeth Rose


Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building
Level 7, 161 Barry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
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Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to prepare the student to understand the basis of diseases that are commonly found in the ear and in particular the reasons for a patient having a hearing and/or balance disorder. The knowledge the students have gained about the structure and function of the ear will be built on, and this will be integrated with the impact of the different types of pathology on the patient’s life.
The teaching and learning will take place in three ways:
1. a series of lectures
2. additional information on the Learning Management System (LMS)
3. a group project on the diagnosis and management of a pathological condition.

Learning Outcomes:

On the completion of this subject the student should:
Understand the effects of different ear pathologies on the structure and function of the ear.
Understand the presentations and management of ear conditions.


A group presentation and written report about the diagnosis and management of a particular pathological process, held during semester:

  • Oral presentation equivalent to 500 words – 20%
  • Group written report of 500 words – 20%
  • A one hour written examination at the end of the semester – 60%

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 be able to demonstrate:
• critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
• independent learning skills
• the ability to communicate knowledge in both oral and written form
• the ability to work collaboratively and in particular to demonstrate respect for the rights and opinions of others

Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Audiology

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