hcs2iaa introduction to hearing science




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 Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Anderson

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 admitted in the Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Audiology (HZHCAU) or the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Audiology (HZHCCA) will be given preference over students not enrolled in this course. This subject has a quota.

Learning resources


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 and properties of sound and of sound perception.

Lecture and tutorial classes

02. Analyse and explain the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system.

Lectures and tutorial classes

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

Lectures and tutorial classes.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size50

Enrolment information Merit based quota. Priority will be given to students in HZHCAU and HZHCCA for which this subject is core. Enrolments accepted until quota is reached.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlicja Malicka

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 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.

TutorialWeek: 34 - 43
Four 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 34 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Four tutorials over the 12 week period."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Two 30-minute in-class quiz (equivalent to 1,000 words)2002, 03
One 1500-word essay4002, 03
One 90-minute written exam (1500 words equivalent)4001, 02, 03