University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Audiology

Course code/s: HZHCCA

Course details
Location Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code HZHCCA
Mid year intake available Not available in 2018. Consideration will be given to a 2019 mid-year intake in April 2019. Students taking this option study 3.5 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study).
Course coordinator Dr Andrea Simpson
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 083317C/080780D
Course duration

Commencing semester 1: 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Commencing June: 3.5 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.

Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes The June intake is only available at the Bundoora campus and will only proceed if the course has available places.

Course description

This is a contemporary Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Audiology program that meets the commercial realities of audiology practice and teaches the practical vocational skills that practising audiologists require, such as hearing and balance assessment and training in using software for diagnosis and rehabilitation practice. The program has a strong, practical, multidisciplinary component and a focus on regional health.

Demand for audiologists, globally, is expected to increase significantly over coming years due to a number of factors, such as the ageing population, improved and compulsory screening of infants for hearing loss, improved technology and increased consumer demand for diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological services.

All graduate audiologists must complete the intern year, which includes employment in general audiology practice. Graduates will be eligible to work in a number of audiological areas including hospitals, early intervention centres, cochlear implant centres, health and community centres, government organisations, academic institutions and private practice.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Alt Exit)
Interpret specialised knowledge and ideas on health topics clearly and coherently.
Critically review and analyse health-related research to synthesise and evaluate current evidence on health topics.
Work in professional settings with accountability and collaboratively with others.
Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision-making in health related contexts.
Select appropriate communication modes to clearly impart health related information to a range of professional and non-professional audiences.
Reflect on current skills and knowledge to plan ongoing personal and professional development.
 
Master of Clinical Audiology
Critically integrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the discipline of audiology with the ability to apply knowledge and skills as required by Audiology Australia’s “Core Knowledge and Competencies of Master of Audiology Graduates (2011)”.
Collaborate and communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders using advanced verbal, non-verbal and written skills.
Adhere to and apply knowledge and skills as ethically and socially responsible health professionals, with adaptability to practice in a socially diverse community.
Critically analyse research evidence, policy and legislation to enable knowledge translation for ethically informed and evidence based Audiological practice.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 540 credit points over four years of full-time study (for those commencing in semester 1) or three and a half years of study for those commencing in June.

First year (commencing semester 1)

First year (135 credit points) (commencing semester 1)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1   Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS1CDH Communication Disorders-History, Attitudes & Innovations 15
TE-SEM-2   Students to select a first-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

First year (commencing June)

First year  (135 credit points) (commencing June)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-2 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-2 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-WK27-38 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-WK27-38 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-WK27-38 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-WK42-05 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-WK42-05 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-WK42-05 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS1CDH Communication Disorders-History, Attitudes & Innovations 15
TE-various   Students to select first-year level elective subjects to the value of 30 credit points.  Any prerequisites must be met. 30
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (165 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 HCS2ACW Analysing and Combining Words 15
TE-SEM-1 HCS2CSL Communication and Swallowing across the Lifespan 30
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 HBS2ANS Anatomy and Neurophysiology for Speech and Swallowing 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS3SHS Speech and Hearing Sciences 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3MHP Mental Health and Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-2 HCS2IAA Introduction to the Auditory System: Basics of Hearing 15
TE-SEM-2   Students to select a second-year level elective subject to the value of 15 credit points. Any prerequisites must be met. 15
TE-WK49-51 HCS2IHB Introduction to Hearing and Balance: Embryology, Genetics and Epidemiology 15
TE-SUM-1 HCS2PCA Patient-Centred Care in Audiological Practice 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 AUD4IDA Introduction to Diagnostic Assessment 15
TE-SEM-1 AUD4HES Acoustics and Psychoacoustics 15
TE-SEM-1 AUD4PHL Pathology of Hearing Loss 15
TE-SEM-1 AUD4CAA Professional Practice – Clinical Audiology A 15
TE-SEM-2 AUD5ADA Advanced Diagnostic Audiology 1 15
TE-SEM-2 AUD5LSA Paediatric Audiology 15
TE-SEM-2 AUD5RHD Hearing and Systems and Fitting 15
TE-WK31-45 AUD5CAB Professional Practice – Clinical Audiology B 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 AUD5ADB Advanced Diagnostic Audiology 2 15
TE-SEM-1 AUD5LSR Rehabilitation 2 - Lifespan Rehabilitation 15
TE-SEM-1 AUD5CAC Professional Practice – Clinical Audiology C 15
TE-WK11-45 AUD5IRA Independent Research in Audiology 30
TE-SEM-2 AUD5LSB Advanced Audiological Rehabilitation 30
TE-SEM-2 AUD5CAD Clinical Audiology D 15

 

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