Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The auditory system extends from the external ear to the auditory cortex. The journey of sound will be the general topic of this subject. The role of hearing in communication and speech will be explored. The physiological process of hearing, from a mechanical vibration to sound comprehension, will be explained. The basic knowledge gained in this subject will provide a platform for audiologists to understand the pathology of the auditory system.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBojana Sarkic

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 (HZHCAU) will be given preference over students not enrolled in this course. This subject has a quota.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn introduction to the physiology of hearingRecommendedPickles, J 2012EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING, NETHERLANDS.
ReadingsBallantyne's deafnessRecommendedGraham, J 2009WILEY, LONDON.
ReadingsHuman physiologyRecommendedDavies, A, Blakely, A and Kidd, C 2001CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, EDINBURGH.
ReadingsHuman physiology: the mechanisms of body FunctionRecommendedVander, A, Sherman, J and Luciano, D 2001MCGRAW HILL, NEW YORK.
ReadingsLecture notes on human physiologyRecommendedBray, J, et al 1999BLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD.
ReadingsPrinciples of physiologyRecommendedBerne, R and Levy, M 2000MOSBY, ST LOUIS.
ReadingsReview of medical physiologyRecommendedGanong, W 2001MCGRAW HILL, NEW YORK.
ReadingsTextbook of medical physiologyRecommendedGuyton, A and Hall, J 2000SAUNDERS, PHILADELPHIA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Interpret and explain the nature of sound propagation.

Lecture and workshop classes; Written exam; Essay assessment.

02. Analyse and explain the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system including the outer, middle, and inner ears.

Lectures and workshop classes; Written exam; In class quiz.

03. Analyse and explain neuro-anatomy and physiology as it relates to the auditory system.

Lectures and workshop classes; Written exam; Participate in class debate.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information Quota due to limited resources. Enrolments accepted until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBojana Sarkic

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 34 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 34 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Four workshops over the 12 week period."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Two 20-minute in-class quiz (equivalent to 1,000 words)20 02, 03
One 1500-word essay20 02, 03
One 90-minute written exam60 01, 02, 03