Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course covers advanced aspects of auditory function and dysfunction as a basis for understanding the use of objective audiological assessment techniques for the diagnosis of hearing loss or site-of-lesion testing. The course also aims to enable students to develop a greater understanding of the assessment and management of more complex cases such as Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, children with multiple disabilities, minimal hearing losses, and otitis media. Students will also be provided with further knowledge and skills relating to technology such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, and assistive listening devices.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the theoretical basis and clinical application of a range of objective assessment techniques;

2. Demonstrate skills in interpreting the critical aspects of audiological results and reports related to the differential diagnosis of disorders;

3. Cite examples of professional collaboration in paediatric service delivery and appropriate treatment options for children with different hearing losses;

4. Describe a range of common and complex disorders of hearing and their possible effect on hearing and development;

5. Describe the considerations, rationale and components of new-born hearing screening in Australia; and

6. Explain how amplification devices are selected for infants and young children, and how this technology can be maintained and used to its full potential in an educational setting.


Review of auditory systems;

  • Form and function of the central auditory pathway;
  • Advanced audiologic assessment procedures including electrophysiological techniques and otoacoustic emissions;
  • Integrating test results to determine site-of-lesion and provide a differential diagnosis;
  • Universal newborn hearing screening: rationale, methods, diagnosis and referral procedures;
  • Implications and challenges of Universal Newborn Hearing Screening;and
  • Minimal and unilateral hearing loss;
  • Otitis media and its effect on hearing and speech development;
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder;
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders;
  • Assessment of children with multiple disability;
  • Advanced hearing technology management: components and features;
  • Cochlear implant candidacy criteria, surgery, activation and follow up;
  • Syndromes and hearing loss; and
  • Incorporating audiological testing information and management into the educational needs of infants and children.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).

Assumed knowledge

All core courses in MSpecEd (D/HH) or demonstrated equivalent.

Assessment items

Report: Essays/Written Assignments - Research report: Disorders associated with hearing loss

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Problem Based Learning (Case Study)

Quiz: Online Quiz

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Self-Directed Learning: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Attendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.

Contact hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks