PHYL5616 Audiology Research Project Part 1

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students undertake a research project under the supervision of an academic or audiological professional approved by the unit coordinator. The research project forms an integral part of the master's degree course. Students conduct research in one of the following fields: (1) physiology or psychoacoustics of hearing; (2) epidemiology of hearing loss; (3) the sociological consequences of hearing impairment; (4) treatment strategies of hearing impairment; or (5) audiological practice in the community or workplace. Projects are chosen by the student in collaboration with an accredited supervisor and are undertaken after submission of a research plan to the unit coordinator as well as a presentation of a seminar. In order to pass the unit, a pass is required in the written proposal/seminar, the final seminar and the written report.
Students are able to (1) explain the goals of research in audiology and related fields; (2) explain the process of planning research, including determination of research needs, literature searching, critical appraisal of previous research, wide consultation, estimation of achievability of research goals and contingency planning; (3) explain the process of budgeting for research; (4) explain the processes of data collection and analysis, and the importance of an unbiased approach and appropriate statistical analysis; and (5) explain the importance of ethics in research and research design, the many issues that impact on ethical research processes and data management, and the importance of the research proposal and ethics committee clearance before research.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) ethics application; (2) literature review; and (3) online research modules. 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 ethics application, literature review, and online research modules components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helmy Mulders and Dr Helen Goulios
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540)
completion of 48 points in the degree
for PHYL5616: PHYL5610 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 1, PHYL5613 Audiology Practice Management, PHYL5615 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 1; for PHYL5614: PHYL5617 Advanced Hearing Aids and Rehabilitation Part 2, PHYL5611 Advanced Clinical Audiology Part 2
PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
Contact hours
highly variable depending on project, but assumed to be equivalent to 4 hours per week
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