Credit points: 15

Subject outline

An understanding of the nature of sound is fundamental to the field of audiology. This subject includes an overview of the basic principles underlying the nature, analysis and perception of sound and speech. Through reading, demonstrations, exercises, projects and lectures, you will develop a foundation of the concepts that underlie acoustics and psychoacoustics. You will apply these concepts to practical problems in audiology. Theoretical knowledge will be complemented with hands-on laboratory exercises. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through exams, practical demonstrations and the writing of a diagnostic handout.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAmr El Refaie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

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
ReadingsFundamentals of hearing: an introduction.RecommendedYost, JW 20075TH EDN, ACADEMIC PRESS, SAN DIEGO.
ReadingsIntroduction to sound: acoustics for the hearing and speech sciences.RecommendedSpeaks, CE 19993RD EDN, SINGULAR PUBLISHING GROUP, SAN DIEGO.

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

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

One 2.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Four 1.0 hours tutorial every two weeks and delivered via face-to-face.
"Tutorials commence in the second week of semester."


Assessment elementComments%
Assignment one.Spectogram.20
Assignment two.Multi-frequency, multi-component tympanometry.20
One 2-hour written examination.60