PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - CLINICAL AUDIOLOGY A
Credit points: 15
This is the first of four clinical practicum subjects. You will develop competence in basic adult audiological assessment through a combination of observation in clinical environments, computer simulations, independent learning and practice assessments, on real clients. You will apply your knowledge of fundamental clinical assessment procedures learned in AUD4IDA (Introduction to Diagnostic Audiology), including history taking, client preparation, otoscopy, pure tone audiometry, acoustic immittance assessment and speech discrimination testing. You will begin to develop the critical and analytical thinking skills required to select appropriate tests, and interpret and integrate findings across the test battery. In addition, you will begin to develop skills in client interaction and professional conduct in a clinical setting. Your learning in this subject will be assessed through skills test and assignment work.
SchoolSchool of Allied Health
Subject Co-ordinatorMichelle Thornton
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following course codes: HZHCCA, HZHAUD, HZHCAU and must have passed 300 credit points. Or Must be admitted in HMAUD and no other rule applies.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Handbook of clinical audiology.||Prescribed||Katz, J et al (eds) 2009||6TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS AND WILKINS, BALTIMORE.|
|Readings||Audiology diagnosis.||Recommended||Roeser, RJ, Valente, M & Hosford-Dunn, H (eds) 2007||THIEME, NY.|
|Readings||Audiology: the fundamentals.||Recommended||Bess, FB & Humes, LE 2008||4TH EDN, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS AND WILKINS, BALTIMORE.|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Perform basic pure tone audiometry, immittance audiometry and speech audiometry on a cooperative adult patient.
- Off-campus clinical placement: (i) active observation and case discussion with a qualified clinical audiologist at an external clinic, with a focus on diagnostic assessments of adult clients; (ii) case reports, including de-identified copies of test results, will be prepared for each of the four days of clinical placement and submitted. Students will select one case for open discussion at a subsequent PBL session. Laboratory classes: (i) computer simulation software will be used to practise pure tone audiometry techniques with a focus on masking technique; (ii) you will be required to conduct two comprehensive assessments on classmates under the direct guidance of a clinical educator. The test results generated will contribute to a portfolio of audiometric tests which will be submitted a
02. Evaluate and select the appropriate clinical tests required to conduct a non-complex audiological evaluation. Integrate the information from the basic test battery and interprete the results to determine the nature and level of hearing impairment.
- PBL: selected real cases will be shared with the class, with an emphasis on patient management issues, interpretation and integration of results, and possible follow-up/management routes.
03. Research and implement infection control procedures in audiology, and demonstrate an understanding of risk factors for infection.
- Laboratory class: a practical demonstration of infection control procedures in audiology. Independent learning task: infection control in audiology.
04. Demonstrate professional expectations in audiology.
- Off-campus clinical placement: (i) active observation and case discussion with a clinical audiologist at an external clinic, with a focus on diagnostic assessments of adult clients (ii) case reports, including copies of test results, will be prepared and submitted. Students will select one case for open discussion at a subsequent PBL session. Laboratory classes: (i) computer simulation software will be used to practise pure tone audiometry techniques with a focus on masking technique; (ii) you will be required to conduct two comprehensive assessments on classmates under the direct guidance of a clinical educator. The test results generated will contribute to a portfolio of audiometric tests which will be submitted at the end of semester two.
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichelle Thornton
One 1.0 days practical per study period from week 22 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Infection control assignment (equiv to 1,000 words).||Students will be required to independently research infection control procedures and guidelines in audiology and prepare a two-page summary for their own use in future clinical placements.||20||03|
|OSCE clinical skills assessment (approx 30 minutes duration).||End of semester. Hurdle requirement; Clinical placement attendance and submission of case reports and Satisfactory professional conduct at external placements.||50||01, 02, 03, 04|
|Simulation assignment (equiv to 1,000 words).||Students will be asked to conduct three hearing tests using computer simulation software (The Parrot program) with emphasis placed on the accuracy of masked thresholds.||30||01, 02|