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Postgraduate Course: Audiology and Audiometry (EDUA11238)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to equip the teacher with sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to interpret audiological information and assess the provision of audiological support to the deaf child. The course places value on the views of d/Deaf consumers and aims to provide the teacher with an understanding of how audiological practice can be located within a linguistic access framework.

Course description a. Anatomy and physiology of the ear
b. Causes and types of deafness
c. The nature of sound
d. Diagnostic and assessment procedures in assessing hearing
e. The nature and practical implications of Newborn Hearing Screening
f. Principles and practices of audiometry including interpretation of audiograms, typmanomtry, speech audiometry and free-field speech testing
g. Aids to hearing including hearing aids, cochlear implants, radio systems and assistive listening devices
h. Current research for example in relation to cochlear implantation and effectiveness of digital hearing aids
i. Audiology in context: vieiwing audiology from different perspectives including Deaf perspectives and taking into account issues of linguistic access.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will need to buy a listening and hearing aid care kit, or their employers should provide this. Approximate cost from Connevans £17.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/11/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, External Visit Hours 10, Online Activities 60, Summative Assessment Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 52 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Complete an Audiology Log. This will involve tasks relating to: understanding the anatomy and physiology of the ear, interpreting audiological evidence, assessing the function of hearing aids, testing, and where possible repairing hearing aids, using of a range of audiological equipment and evaluating own effectiveness in interaction with parents (50%);

Produce a written case study of 2,000 words, in which research literature is critically reviewed, about the application of audiology / audiometry within education for a deaf pupil (50% of final mark);

Students who receive a mark of less than 50% have one opportunity to resit. They will receive a tutorial from the course tutor to discuss the resit, then usually a period of 4 weeks will be agreed for resubmission. If the student fails the resit, they will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or transcript.

The mark which will appear on Euclid, the official space where marks are announced on MyEd will reflect the first mark. This mark is used to provide an average for the whole diploma. However, the resit mark will not be capped at 50% and it will also appear on the mark sheet put to the Inclusive Education examination board.

To read more about this exam regulation, please go to:

The School Postgraduate Studies Committee at the School of Education agreed during 2015/16 that this regulation would come into force from 16/17. The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf (BATOD) argued that the mandatory nature of the qualification throughout the UK meant that it was essential that teachers of deaf children attain this minimum level for all specialist courses. The committee agreed that only one resit would be possible. Regulation 27.1 from the link above explains this.

Feedback Students will receive feedback from mentors in their work as practical log tasks are assessed. Students read and analyse research articles about cochlear implants and receive feedback from tutors in second course block.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal concepts and principles in audiology and audiometry.
  2. Be able to use a range of specialized audiology skills in a wide variety of professional contexts with deaf young people, parents and a range of professionals.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to audiological issues informed by current developments, a range of perspectives and research in the sector.
  4. Practise as a teacher of deaf children in ways which draw on critical reflection on own and others¿ roles and responsibilities in Health and Education.
Reading List
Archbold & Mayer (2012) Archbold, S. & Mayer, C. (2012) Deaf Education: The Impact of Cochlear Implantation? Deafness and Education International (14) 1, pp. 2-15
Boothroyd (2012) Speech Perception in the Classroom, In J. Smaldino & C. Flexer Handbook of acoustic accessibility: best practices for listening, learning, and literacy in the classroom, New York: Thieme.
Dockrell, J.; Shield, B; Bacon, S; Lansing, C. (2012) The Impact of Sound-Field Systems on Learning and Attention in Elementary School Classrooms Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research. Vol. 55 Issue 4, p1163-1176.
Ear Foundation (2012) The Views and Experiences of Young People using FM Technology: a study by interviews.
Fitzpatrick,E., Olds, J., Gaboury, I., McCrae, R.Schramm, D. & Durieux-Smith, A. (2012) Comparision of outcomes in children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, Cochlear Implants International, Vol. 13 (1), pp. 5-15.
Gelfand, Stanley A. Hearing: An introduction to psychological and physiological acoustics. CRC Press, 2016.
Maltby, M. & Knight, P. (2000) Audiology: an Introduction for Teachers and other Professionals : Chapter 2 - the Physics of Hearing. London: David Fulton
McCracken, W. & Turner, O. (2012) Deaf Children with Complex Needs: Parental Experience of Access to Cochlear Implants and Ongoing Support, Deafness and Education International. 14 (1) pp. 22-35
McCormick, B. (Ed.) Paediatric Audiology (1993) (3rd edition), London: Whurr Moord, B. C.
Moore, Brian CJ. An introduction to the psychology of hearing. Brill, 2012.Scottish Sensory Centre (2011)
Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0-3)
Smaldino, Joseph J., and Carol Ann Flexer. Handbook of acoustic accessibility: Best practices for listening, learning, and literacy in the classroom. Thieme, 2012.
Wood, S. (1993) Chapter 6: Pure Tone Audiometry, In: Barry McCormick (Ed.) Paediatric Audiology 0 - 5 years. London: Whurr.
Woll, B. (2012) Speechreading revisited. Deafness and Education International. 14 (1) 16 - 21,
Wright, A (1993) Chapter 2: Structure of the ear, In: John Ballantyne, M. Martin & A. Martin. Deafness. London: Whurr
Yoshinago-Itano, C. (2003) From Screening to Early Identification and Intervention: Discovering Predictors to Successful Outcomes for Children With Significant Hearing Loss, Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 8:1 pp. 11-30.
Yosinaga-Itano, C. (2014) Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention After Confirmation That a Child Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 19(2): 143-175.
Young et al (2005) Informed Choice, deaf children and families. Electronic journal of research into educational psychology. No. 7. Vol 3 (3) pp 253 - 273
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students learn technical skills on this course: reading scientific instruments accurately, understanding complex graphs and charts and applying insights from audiology and audiometry to their work as a teacher of deaf children. There is some numeracy involved.
Special Arrangements Students will need to arrange visits to their local paediatric audiology clinic, and where possible to shadow educational audiologists or qualified teachers of deaf children who are experienced with audiological issues.
Additional Class Delivery Information Practical sessions included in both course blocks with opportunities to practise audiology tasks arranged with students and their mentors.
Keywordsaudiology audiometry linguistic access
Course organiserMr Brian Shannan
Tel: 07715038319
Course secretaryMs Marie Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)51 6678
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