Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Research in audiology is a rapidly progressing field which translates into changes in clinical practice. Audiologists require a strong grasp of how to search for evidence in the literature to inform their own clinical practice. This subject will provide you with the knowledge of how clinical decisions can be based on valid and reliable evidence, with particular reference to a chosen area of interest within the field of audiology. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through an individually written thesis and a research project.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have passed one or more of the following units: {AUD5CAB, AUD5RHD, AUD5LSA, or AUD5ADA}


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate and critique the literature in the field of Audiology

Self-directed independent research

02. Design, implement and disseminate an independently directed research study of relevance to the field of audiology.

Define an answerable clinical question. Identify a search strategy to perform a comprehensive literature search. Define a target population.Self-directed independent research.

03. Generate and address answerable evidence-based hypotheses of relevance to the field of Audiology.

Critically appraise research evidence. Determine appropriate process, outcome and satisfaction measures for assessing change. Self-directed independent research.

04. Communicate complex concepts regarding the validity of scientific evidence and clinical applicability/potential for change in clinical practice.

Identify the need for clinical change. Identify an example of good and bad evidence for clinical practice. Formulate strategy for evidence dissemination. Produce a dissertation of original work identifying a topic or clinical problem, the application of evidence to the problem, and comment on the applicability to changes in clinical practice. Self-directed independent research.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Week 11-45, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Simpson

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 11 - 45
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 45 and delivered via face-to-face.

Independent Research Week: 11 - 45
Three 2.0 hours independent research other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 45 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A3: Written assignment: 10,000 word thesis dissertation (includes tables, references, A1 and A2)Draft providing formative assessment - students are expected to incorporate comments into final thesis60 01, 02, 03, 04
A1: Written assignment: 2,000 - 2,500 word literature reviewDraft providing formative assessment - students are expected to incorporate comments into final thesis. 25 01, 02, 03, 04
A2: Written assignment: 1,000 - 1,500 word methods15 02, 03