Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Human beings maintain balance through a sophisticated mechanism involving several body systems. This subject will concentrate on the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular systems. The interaction between the vestibular, occulomotor and visual systems to maintain balance will be discussed. The basic knowledge gained in this subject will provide a platform for audiologists to understand the pathology of the vestibular system, as well as the basics for vestibular rehabiliation.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAmr El Refaie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Audiology (HZHAUD) will be given preference over students not enrolled in the course. This subject has a quota.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBalance Function Assessment and ManagementRecommendedJacobsen, G.P. and Shepard, N.T. (2008)PLURAL PUBLISHING
ReadingsBallantyne's DeafnessRecommendedGraham, J. (2009)WILEY: LONDON
ReadingsHuman PhysiologyRecommendedDavies, A. Blakeley, A. and Kidd, C. (2001)EDINBURGH: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
ReadingsHuman Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body FunctionRecommendedVander, A. Sherman, J. and Luciano, D. (2001)NEW YORK: MCGRAW HILL
ReadingsLecture Notes on Human PhysiologyRecommendedBray, J. (et al.) (1999)OXFORD: BLACKWELL SCIENCE
ReadingsPrinciples of PhysiologyRecommendedBerne, R. and Levy, M (2000)ST LOUIS: MOSBY
ReadingsReview of Medical PhysiologyRecommendedGanong, W. (2001)NEW YORK: MCGRAW-HILL
ReadingsTextbook of Medical PhysiologyRecommendedGuyton, A. and Hall, J. (2000)PHILADELPHIA; LONDON: SAUNDERS
ReadingsVestibular Rehabilitation. 3rd EdRecommendedHerdman, S.J. (2007).F.A DAVIS COMPANY

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 50-50, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAmr El Refaie

Class requirements

Block Mode Week: 50 - 50
One 5.0 days block mode per study period on weekdays during the day from week 50 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Subject delivered over five full days (9am-5pm) of lectures and small group workshops during week 50 (9-13 December)."

Tutorial Week: 50 - 50
Two 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 50 to week 50 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Two one-hour tutorials will be held before the written exam for reflection and revision."


Assessment elementComments%
One 1,500-word essay30
One 10-minute presentation20
One 60-minute exam50