SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2B123729
Module Leader Les Wood
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Audiology 1

Summary of Content

This module will provide coverage of aspects of neurophysiology and pathophysiology relevant to audiology. It will cover fundamental aspects of auditory assessment and patient / practitioner interaction and deal with current NHS quality and communication processes. The module provides essential theoretical underpinning for practice training; Year 2 link to career stage 4 Scope of Practice (Associate Audiologist)


Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Structure and function of cerebral cortex. Anatomical organisation of the brainstem and cranial nerves. Localisation of cortical function: evidence from clinical observation and experimental stimulation and recording techniques. Neural pathways for primary auditory processing. Hearing aid technology including IT and programming technologies, patient management systems, HA verification and outcome questionnaires. Tympanometry. Introduction to tinnitus, hyperacusis and recruitment. Recording principles, interpretation of data History taking, development of individual patient management plans. Auditory rehabilitation / managing expectations / counselling skills. Use of data, statistics, audit. Quality and quality standards. NHS demographics Communication, planning and service development. Introduction to multi-disciplinary working.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key principles of neurophysiology.2 .Explain the pathophysiological bases of neurophysiological dysfunction.3. Describe the structure and function of the brainstem, cranial nerves and cortex.4. Explain the neural basis for the primary processing of auditory signals.5. Demonstrate solid knowledge of the theory and technology employed in modern hearing aid systems.6 .Explain the principles and processes of tympanometry.7. Describe and explain the symptoms, aetiology and pathophysiology of tinnitus and hyperacusis.8. Propose individual patient management plans.9. Demonstrate appreciation of the management of patient expectations in the context of rehabilitation.10. Perform relevant data-handling and statistical analysis techniques and recognise the importance of robust data collection practices in the context of potential audit.11. Demonstrate an understanding of current quality and communication processes within the NHS.12. Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of multi-disciplinary working.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The 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 laboratories. 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: Berthold, L. et al . (2007) Tinnitus: Pathophysiology and Treatment . Elsevier. 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
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 5.00

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