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AUDI1011 Clinical and Professional Practice in Audiology 1

Module Overview

This module will enable you to develop the basic clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and behaviours required of your first stage of clinical training in audiology, including those required for audiology assistant and Hearing Care Assistant (HCA) roles. This module is carefully coordinated with the other modules in Part 1 such that you will be able to register with the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiology as an HCA on successful completion of Part 1. For example, it provides a discipline-specific context for your introduction to healthcare services in Introduction to Professional Practice and helps prepare you for Audiology Clinical Placement 1. Three key themes of this module are integration of theory with practice, a strong foundation in patient-centred communication and care, and employability. The module consists of a series of compulsory small-group practical sessions associated with lectures.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • A - Demonstrate the basic clinical and professional audiology competencies relevant to adult service users, including those required of audiology assistant and HCA roles, within simulated clinical scenarios. Those skills and behaviours include: • Patient-centred communication: basic interviewing, information gathering, basic debriefing, basic counselling and record keeping • Hearing assessment: otoscopy, pure-tone audiometry (PTA) and tympanometry • Rehabilitation: taking an aural impression, communication skills, assistive technologies, sign-posting to other services and basic hearing-aid testing, fitting and adjustment • Associated: problem solving, professional conduct
  • B - Explain the rationale, theoretical basis and clinical utility of the aspects of practice referred to in Learning Outcome A with reference to evidence (e.g. basic science, professional standards, best-practice guidelines and published research).
  • C - Critically evaluate information from multiple sources relevant to the aspects of practice referred to in Learning Outcome A with consideration to measurement/clinical uncertainty, common auditory system pathologies and options for management
  • D - Explain the professional context, expectations and regulations for assistant audiologists and HCAs, including the National Code of Conduct for Support Workers and fitness to practise requirements.
  • E - Demonstrate appropriate and consistent use of terminology, scientific conventions, scientific language and methods for presenting and reporting test results.


• Disability awareness training (whole group) • Principles of patient centred communication • The National Code of Conduct for Support Workers • Standards of professional practice in audiology • The Individual Record of Clinical Practice (IRCP) • Overview of rehabilitation planning • Scope of practice of HCA • Audiological testing and onward referral • Basic interview skills • Recording findings • Basic debriefing skills • Overview of other services including employment services. Opportunities to shadow an Employment Advisor will be offered where available (in Semester 1) • Otoscopy • Fundamentals of audiometric assessment techniques • Advanced audiometric assessment techniques • Tympanometry • Impression taking • Hearing devices and assistive technologies • Fundamentals of hearing aid provision, subjective verification and evaluation • Introduction to real ear measurement verification of hearing aid fitting • Trouble shooting and basic repair of hearing aids • Case based clinical decision making – onward referral, management of hearing loss • Introduction to reflective practice and employability issues

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Weekly small-group practical session and simulations, including the use of simulated patients and patient volunteers • Opportunities to shadow an Employment Advisor (where possible) and to attend local hard of hearing groups (in Semester 1), where available • 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 • Working through a practical workbook • Formative counterparts to the summative assessment • You will be expected to practice clinical procedures in your own time. You will be able to go to clinical supervisors for assistance

Supervised time in studio/workshop72
Practical classes and workshops6
Follow-up work16
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Completion of assessment task5
Wider reading or practice89
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Katz J (2015). Handbook of clinical audiology. 

Graham JM (2009). Ballantyne's deafness. 

Gelfand SA (2016). Essentials of audiology. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%
Individual Record of Clinical Practice 


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%
Individual Record of Clinical Practice 

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Accommodation and Travel

You may also need to pay for public transport in order to attend external sessions with a local Employment Advisor for hearing-impaired people and local hard-of-hearing groups.


Costs may include sufficient appropriate clothing to meet our dress code for practicals and the OSCEs. You will also use that clothing for your Audiology Clinical Placement 1.

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

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