SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1B123726
Module Leader Elaine Gribben
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

This module must only be undertaken by students on the BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology programme. Students must be working in a clinical environment in an NHS Clinical Physiology department

Summary of Content

The module will provide coverage of the structure and function of the auditory system and common conditions affecting hearing. It deals with essential aspects of the audiological assessment including the examination environment and practitioner / patient interaction. It provides essential theoretical underpinning for clinical practice training; Year 1 link to career stage 1, 2 & 3 Scopes of Practice document (Assistant Audiologist)


Anatomy & physiology of the ear, nose and throat; cranial anatomy. Introduction to neurophysiology: nerve cell structure and function; glial cell structure and function. Introductory neuroanatomy: central and peripheral nervous systems. Common causes & types of hearing loss / aetiology and pathology. Physical examination of ear (otoscopy); common ear conditions. Measurement of sound. Acoustics / the test environment. Patient safety. Audiology "sciences" e.g. audiometry, masking, etc. Person centred awareness / communication strategies / deaf awareness / information sharing / signposting / deaf culture. Introduction to history-taking / questionnaires. Introduction to hearing aids and hearing aid fitting / hearing aid candidacy. Introduction to quality and standards of practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Describe the normal structure and function of the ear, nose and throat and associated structures.2. Explain the pathophysiology of the main types of hearing disturbance.3 Assess the suitability of an environment to be used for hearing assessment.4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the practitioner / client relationship including a knowledge of deaf culture.5. Explain the main theoretical principles underlying audiological examination.6. Describe the basic sciences behind hearing, acoustics, the performance of pure tone audiometry and the need and use of masking when required.7. Perform basic pure tone audiometry and demonstrate periods of observation and application of these skills via a record (logbook).8. Describe the appearance of the ear via otoscopy and describe common ear conditions.9. Explain and describe the meaning of "patient safety" and how this impacts on the work that they will do and the environment within which they will practice.10. Explain and demonstrate deaf awareness as well as an understanding of deaf culture;11. Eescribe the range of hearing aid technology and features currently available as well as some of the historical aspects from which today's technology developed.11. Describe the currently applicable quality standards, both clinical and professional.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The specialist module material will be delivered mainly by senior NHS Practitioners, clinicians and consultants via a combination of lectures and tutorials together with directed learning exercises, practical problems and data interpretation. Lectures will provide the foundation material for the module which will be supplemented and enhanced by material presented in tutorials and practical sessions. Tutorials will also allow practical applications of individual topics to the students' own work experience to be examined and discussed.

Indicative Reading

Recommended Reading: Martin, F.N & Clark, J.G. (2012) Introduction to Audiology . 11 th Edition. Pearson. Lass, N.J. & Woodford, C.M. (2007) Hearing Science Fundamentals . Mosby. Additional Reading: Naish, J. et al . (2011) Medical Sciences . Saunders. Michael-Titus, A. et al . (2010) The Nervous System: Basic Science and Clinical Conditions . 2 nd Edition. Churchill Livingstone. Grossman, S. (2013) Porth's Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States . 9 th Edition. Lippincott. Martini, F.H. et al . (2014) Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology . 10 th Edition. Pearson.

Transferrable Skills

Data analysis and interpretation Problem solving Practical skills Application of theory to practice Time management Teamworking during group sessions Communication skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 115.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 02 1.00 50.00 35% short answer
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 35% objective