Clinical Audiology A

Subject AUDI90021 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-May-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures, practical sessions and tutorials: 80 hours. Clinics: 40 hours.
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours



Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
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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 Jessica Vitkovic


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 introduces students to the audiological evaluation and management of adult patients. In particular, this subject covers history taking; clinical examination including otoscopy; the theory and practice of diagnostic audiological techniques including pure tone air and bone conduction audiometry, masking techniques, speech audiometry, tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing; infection control procedures; professionalism and clinical communication skills; non-organic hearing loss; diagnostic testing and clinical decision analysis. This subject also introduces students to the principles and practices of clinical education. Students will gain clinical experience in the assessment and management of hearing and balance disorders in the non-paediatric population.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:
• Understand the use, calibration and care of diagnostic equipment
• Apply appropriate infection control procedures
• Take a clinical history
• Demonstrate clinical examination skills
• Choose and administer appropriate tests in an efficient manner
• Demonstrate developing clinical reasoning skills in the interpretation and integration test results
• Demonstrate developing skills in formulating appropriate management plans for patients
• Demonstrate the development of professionalism and clinical communication skills in both verbal and written formats


Theoretical component - 50% comprising:

A written assignment of up to 1000 words due late semester 2 – 10%
A two hour written examination at the end of semester 2 – 40%

Clinical component - 50% comprising:

A clinical skills assessment by OSCE at the end of semester 1 – 10%
A clinical skills assessment by OSCE at the end of semester 2 – 15%
A clinical examination at the end of semester 2 consisting of a simulated patient case followed by an oral examination – 25% (a pass for this examination is a hurdle requirement of the clinical component).

Students must pass the written examination and the clinical component in order to pass this subject.
Satisfactory attendance and participation in the adult clinical placements throughout the year is a hurdle requirement.

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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:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
• critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
• the ability to integrate theory and practice and to apply this in novel situations
• an openness to new ideas
• planning and time management skills
• the ability to communicate their knowledge in both oral and written form
• the ability to behave in a professionally appropriate manner

Related Course(s): Master of Clinical Audiology

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