PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed sequentially to fulfil the requirements of the unit. The unit covers the theoretical and practical aspects of basic diagnostic audiological testing of children and adults, the critical and analytical thinking used to select tests and specific test materials, and current literature and research. Topics also include history taking (paediatric and adult), otoscopy, tuning fork tests, pure tone air and bone conduction testing, sound field testing, masking, speech reception thresholds (paediatric and adult), acoustic impedance and reflex testing, site-of-lesion testing. The second half of the year has a paediatric focus and includes theory of paediatric development, genetics in audiology, syndromes in audiology, auditory embryopathies, behavioural observation audiometry, visual response audiometry, play audiometry and otoacoustic emissions and high frequency tympanometry. All components of the assessment must be passed in order to pass this unit.
Students are able to (1) explain principles of basic audiological assessment of adults, including otoscopy, audiometry, tuning fork testing, tympanometry, history taking, otoacoustic emissions testing, basic evoked response testing, and speech testing; (2) competently complete an adult full audiological assessment including an appropriate history, otoscopy, impedence testing, pure tone audiometry (including masking), speech audiometry, integrate results, provide appropriate feedback to patients and make appropriate recommendations for further action; and (3) integrate audiological results for basic adult and paediatric assessments, and write audiological reports including making appropriate recommendations for further action.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a theory examination; (2) a clinical examination; and (3) continuous assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the a theory examination, a clinical examination, and continuous assessment components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Goulios & Dr Robyn Choi
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840)
for PHYL5502: PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System, PHYL5501 Audiological Instrumentation Part 1, PHYL5515 Hearing Devices and Adult Aural Rehabilitation (except for PhD students, see unit coordinator); for PHYL5512: PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumentation Part 2, PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication, PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis (ID 3735)
Approved quota: 35—academic merit based on WAM and a personal statement submitted by applicants with their application
Contact hours
equivalent to 4 hours per week as a mix of lectures/labs/tutorials plus 200 hours of supervised clinical placements at external audiology clinics as arranged by the clinical coordinator; delivery of theoretical material occurs in two intensive 5-week courses in February–March and July–August, followed by two weeks in both semesters of hands-on work at UWA, before the supervised clinical work off-campus throughout the year

Katz, J., ed. Handbook of Clinical Audiology, 7th ed: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins 2014


Seewald, R. C. and Tharpe, A. M.. eds. Comprehensive Handbook of Paediatric Audiology,  Plural Publishing 2010

Various texts from the Johnstone-Peters Library of Hearing Science in Physiology.

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