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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 audiological science. The module consists of a series of compulsory small-group practical sessions associated with lectures.

Aims and Objectives

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 Audiological procedures for use with adult patients, with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research), including: otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry (PTA), middle ear tests, aural impression taking and hearing aid testing.
  • 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. For example cross-hearing and its prevention with masking during PTA.
  • 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 auditory 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.


• Disability awareness training (whole group) • Patient handling skills/communicating with hearing impaired people (whole group) • Liaising with other professionals / reporting (whole or two groups) • Awareness of National standards for testing patients • Basic audiometric assessment techniques • Introduction to hearing aids • Middle ear assessment techniques

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

Wider reading or practice30
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Follow-up work10
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Additional resources provided separately.


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)


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 
Statutory and Mandatory training 


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination 
Statutory and Mandatory training 

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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