Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is the first of four clinical practicum subjects. You will develop competence in basic adult audiological assessment through a combination of observation in clinical environments, computer simulations, independent learning and practice assessments, on real clients. You will apply your knowledge of fundamental clinical assessment procedures learned in AUD4IDA (Introduction to Diagnostic Audiology), including history taking, client preparation, otoscopy, pure tone audiometry, acoustic immittance assessment and speech discrimination testing. You will begin to develop the critical and analytical thinking skills required to select appropriate tests, and interpret and integrate findings across the test battery. In addition, you will begin to develop skills in client interaction and professional conduct in a clinical setting. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through skills test and assignment work.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAmr El Refaie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must complete 300 credit points in HZHAUD or HZHCAU or be admitted in HMAUD.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHandbook of clinical audiology.PrescribedKatz, J et al (eds) 20096TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS AND WILKINS, BALTIMORE.
ReadingsAudiology diagnosis.RecommendedRoeser, RJ, Valente, M & Hosford-Dunn, H (eds) 2007THIEME, NY.
ReadingsAudiology: the fundamentals.RecommendedBess, FB & Humes, LE 20084TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS AND WILKINS, BALTIMORE.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAmr El Refaie

Class requirements

Laboratory Class
One 4.0 hours laboratory class per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site
Four 1.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via blended.
"Placement at an external audiology clinic for one day per week, over a period of four weeks, for observation."


Assessment elementComments%
Clinical placement attendance and submission of case reports.Hurdle requirement.0
Infection control assignment (equiv to 1,000 words).Students will be required to independently research infection control procedures and guidelines in audiology and prepare a two-page summary for their own use in future clinical placements.20
OSCE clinical skills assessment (approx 30 minutes duration).End of semester.50
Satisfactory professional conduct at external placements.Hurdle requirement.0
Simulation assignment (equiv to 1,000 words).Students will be asked to conduct three hearing tests using computer simulation software (The Parrot program) with emphasis placed on the accuracy of masked thresholds.30