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Unit Overview


This unit provides a comprehensive coverage of the physical principles of sound generation and audiological measurements. Topics covered include; the physics of sound, waves and their time-domain and frequency-domain analysis, Fourier or spectral analysis, decibel scales, sound pressure measurements, microphones, loudspeakers, headphones, frequency response and sound pressure calibration, noise measurement, weighting scales and band analysis, equal loudness contours, physics of sound source localisation, basic architectural acoustics, echo and reverberation, basic electronics, sampling, quantisation and aliasing, digital filtering, complex signal processing, basic audiometer design, noise analysis, evoked response and otoacoustic emission technology, and foundations of hearing aid design and implant technology.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain the principles of sound generation and propagation, its detection and measurement by microphones, its amplification and modification through amplifiers/filters and software, and its reproduction through speakers and headphones; (2) synthesise, measure, manipulate and generate sounds and similar time waveforms using current computer software, and understand the pitfalls in these processes; (3) explain key issues in evoked response testing of ears and architectural acoustics; and (4) explain the principles of noise measurement and sound treatment, room acoustics and soundproof rooms..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lab report and (2) theory examination at the end of semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
Enrolment in
90540 Master of Clinical Audiology
or 00840 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology
or 73560 Master of Audiological Sciences
Nil 90540 Master of Clinical Audiology
Advisable prior study
Some physics and mathematics is strongly recommended
Contact hours
equivalent to a 1-hour lecture plus a 3-hour lab class per week, but delivered in an intensive 5-week courses, followed by two weeks of workshops prior to clinical placements in Feb-May

Unit notebooks and laboratory manuals are produced for the unit.

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