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AUDI1009 Clinical Practicum 1 (neurosensory)

Module Overview

This module will provide you with the basic clinical knowledge, skills and clinical experience for neurosensory science, covering audiology, neurophysiology and ophthalmology/vision science. The module consists of a series of compulsory small-group practical sessions associated with lectures and compulsory clinical taster placements (see Terms of Placement).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to facilitate your learning of the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of a Healthcare Science Practitioner in the neurosensory division, covering audiology, neurophysiology and ophthalmology/vision science. This includes basic assessment and rehabilitative techniques. A key theme of this module is to help you integrate theory with practice.

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale, theoretical basis and clinical utility of the following neurosensory procedures for use with adult patients, with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research): • Audiology: otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry (PTA), middle ear tests, aural impression taking and hearing aid testing. • Neurophysiology: electrode preparation and application, spontaneous EEG, EMG, nerve conduction velocity. • Ophthalmology: ophthalmoscopy, subjective visual acuity testing (including Snellen charts, Landolt Rings), visual evoked responses.
  • Explain the principal sources of measurement and clinical uncertainty associated with those procedures, their impact on the interpretation of the results and the strengths and limitations of approaches to manage these sources of error, with reference to evidence. Important examples including cross-hearing and its prevention with masking during PTA; electrical noise and associated signal processing with EEG and evoked responses
  • Perform core procedures from the above list on individuals from a non-clinical population safely and with basic technical competence showing effective patient handling, communication, professionalism, interviewing and counselling skills as appropriate.
  • Explain, and where appropriate demonstrate, the basic statutory and mandatory knowledge and skills of a health care professional
  • Evaluate critically the results of individual and multiple procedures with consideration to measurement and clinical uncertainty, leading to potential interpretations in terms of common neurosensory system pathologies, identification of key outstanding uncertainties and recommendations for further testing as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate appropriate and consistent use of terminology, scientific conventions, scientific language, methods for presenting and reporting test results, professionalism and patient-centred approach.

Syllabus

• Induction week • Disability awareness training (whole group) • Patient handling skills/communicating with neurosensory impaired people (whole group) • Liaising with other professionals / reporting (whole or two groups) • Awareness of National standards for testing patients • EEG/EMG recording • Visual acuity and resolution testing • Basic audiometric assessment techniques • Optical correction systems • Introduction to hearing aids • Middle ear assessment techniques • Introduction to evoked potentials • Introduction to and debriefing after taster placements

Special Features

Practical sessions. Three fortnightly taster placements.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Weekly small-group practical session and simulations • Supporting lectures. These will provide theoretical knowledge of the underlying principles behind each procedure to support clinical teaching • Practice sessions to enable students to practice clinical procedures under supervision • You will be expected to practice clinical procedures in your own time. You will be able to go to clinical supervisors for assistance • Statutory and mandatory training – note the you must pass this in order to proceed to taster placements • Introduction to and debriefing after taster placements • Clinical taster placements – see Terms of Placement

TypeHours
Fieldwork150
Completion of assessment task5
Revision40
Wider reading or practice20
Lecture15
Follow-up work15
Workshops35
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Additional resources provided separately.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Referral Method. You need only refer in the component that was failed and in the individual procedures as appropriate for the OSCEs Repeat Year internally only (due to practicals and taster placements)

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 65%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 35%
Statutory and Mandatory training %

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 65%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 35%
Statutory and Mandatory training %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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