PHYL5511 Pathophysiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit provides and overview of the pathophysiology of the auditory and vestibular systems and includes the influence of genetic factors, neuro-developmental factors, acquired syndromes, age related factors and environmental and other diseases on the functioning of these systems. The use of advanced audiological and medical diagnostic assessments including electrophysiological and imaging techniques in the differential diagnosis and treatment of auditory and vestibular disorders is presented.
Students are able to (1) students can explain the genetics, embryology & development of the peripheral auditory, central auditory & vestibular systems; (2) students can explain the basic mechanisms of disease & injury; (3) students can explain the common syndromes/diseases/injuries involving the peripheral auditory, central auditory & vestibular systems; and (4) students can explain the medical & surgical treatment of common syndromes/diseases/injuries of the peripheral auditory, central auditory & vestibular systems.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignment and (2) end of semester written examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or combined PhD Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
PHYL5511: PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2, and PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication, and PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology
Advisable prior study:
some anatomy and physiology is strongly recommended
Contact hours
lectures: equivalent to 1 hour per week; case-based tutorials: equivalent to 1 x 3-hours per week. Both lectures and tutorials are delivered in an intensive 5-week period, followed by clinical placements July–November.
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