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AUDI6008 Assessment and Management of Vestibular Disorders

Module Overview

For those taking this module as part of pre- or post-registration audiological training or career development, the module is intended to provide fundamental academic and practical preparation for clinical work in the assessment and management of vestibular disorders. This will build on knowledge of the auditory system and auditory disorders to include the development of a contextual understanding of the anatomy and physiology of balance system, vestibular pathologies and their biopsychosocial consequences, the various forms of clinical assessment and various management techniques. Importantly, the module will also enable you to develop your clinical reasoning skills. For those taking this module as part of a non-audiology healthcare programme, the module is intended to provide a first step on the path to developing and extending your clinical knowledge and skills in the context of balance disorders. The module will combine traditional lecture-based, problem-based and practical learning techniques.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Knowledge about the balance system generally and the vestibular system in particular, disorders of the vestibular system, the impact of the disorders on those suffering from them, and techniques used to assess and manage the vestibular system. • Cognitive skills regarding the identification and critical evaluation of information from a variety of sources including the research literature) in order to make evidencebased, patient-centred decisions and recommendations. • Pre-clinical practical skills in carrying out audio-vestibular assessments and management techniques using specialist equipment. • Skills in collaborative working and learning.

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the physical, biological and psychosocial processes involved in specific vestibular disorders and the differential diagnosis of them.
  • Critically evaluate the scientific evidence base behind vestibular assessment and rehabilitation methods.
  • Critically evaluate information from a variety of sources (including the research literature and national guidelines) in order to make evidence-based, patient-centred decisions and recommendations.
  • Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication.

Syllabus

1. Physical, biological and psychosocial processes. 2. Patient interview and ‘bedside’ patient assessment including postural examination, eye-movement examination and vestibular-specific tests. 3. Videonystagmographic tests (including ocular motor and vestibular tests) and other objective tests. 4. Differential diagnosis (e.g. peripheral vs. central lesions). 5. Functional assessment, rehabilitative techniques and measures of benefit.

Special Features

Combination of traditional lecture-based learning with problem-based and practical learning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Classroom taught lectures Small-group Clinical Practicum sessions Problem-based learning in small groups

TypeHours
Lecture16
Revision30
Follow-up work22
Completion of assessment task25
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Tutorial3
Wider reading or practice25
Practical classes and workshops4
Total study time140

Resources & Reading list

Recommended Resources. A list of recommended resources provided separately.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Group report for Learning Outcomes C - Pass/Fail required

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 100%
Group report %

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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