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AUDI2001 Experimental Audiological Research

Module Overview

This module provides the opportunity to gain deeper learning of the perception of hearing and to apply this, along with your new knowledge of research design and statistics, by conducting a small-scale experiment to investigate some aspect of hearing.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Inspire an enthusiasm for, and engagement in, scientific exploration and discovery • Facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of the processes involved in hearing and our capabilities for integrating knowledge across disciplines and modules (e.g. Basic Neurosensory Assessment; Clinical Measurement and Training; Physiological and Psychophysical Measurement; Applied anatomy Physiology and Pathophysiology). • Facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of general issues related to the research process and experimental design, and of a range of specific issues for audiological research. • Facilitate the development of your general scientific skills in areas of: - thinking (e.g. curiosity, critical analysis and reasoning, integration of knowledge across - disciplines, integration of theory and observations, problem solving strategies, creativity) - working (e.g. technical, collaborative and independent working, project management and - data analysis) - communication (e.g. written, graphical and verbal)

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain (i) key processes involved in hearing (signal detection, loudness and pitch perception, frequency and temporal resolution and binaural hearing), (ii) how these are affected by different forms of hearing impairment and (iii) how these are related to speech intelligibility
  • Develop and articulate a specific, answerable and justifiable research question demonstrating critical evaluation of previous research from relevant disciplines
  • Design, conduct, interpret and report an experiment based on this research question, demonstrating critical evaluation in its design and interpretation
  • Demonstrate effective scientific thinking, working and communication skills, including collaborative working.


• Hearing acuity (thresholds, masking, frequency resolution, signal detection and effects of hearing loss) • Suprathreshold aspects of hearing (loudness, pitch, temporal resolution and effects of hearing loss) • Speech intelligibility, effects of hearing loss and inter-relationships amongst measures of hearing function • Binaural hearing and effects of hearing loss • Recap on research methods and statistics • Calibration and applied electroacoustics

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • There is a 2-hr slot scheduled for this module every week. These slots will involve lectures, tutorials and group work. • You will also need to work in your own time and in timetabled independent learning sessions in order to supplement the scheduled sessions. In addition to the information resources available to you, you will be able to meet with the module staff for assistance as and when required. Learning activities include: • Lectures on processes involved in hearing. • Facilitated and unfacilitated group work sessions related to Assignment 2 (NARP). • Tutorials. • Assignments. • Working in your own time and in timetabled independent learning sessions. You are expected to read supporting texts outlined in the book list and make reference to appropriate academic journals in order to support lectures.

Project supervision17
Completion of assessment task75
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. Additional resources to be provided separately.



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 40%
Assignment 25%
Examination  (120 minutes) 35%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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