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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

Learning Outcomes

Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • A - Explain the physical, biological and psychosocial processes involved in specific vestibular disorders and the differential diagnosis of them.
  • B - Critically evaluate the scientific evidence base behind vestibular assessment and rehabilitation methods.
  • C - 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.
  • D - Demonstrate mastery of effective self-directed learning and scientific communication.


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.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

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

Resources & Reading list

Recommended Resources. A list of recommended resources provided separately.


Assessment Strategy

Group report for Learning Outcomes C - Pass/Fail required


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (120 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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