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Audiology short courses (CPD) at The University of Manchester
Audiology short courses (CPD)
Take units from our MSc Advanced Audiology Studies degree as standalone courses for continuing professional development.

Audiology short courses (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Vestibular Assessment and Management

Unit code HCDI60022
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge necessary to support clinical skills in the assessment and rehabilitation of adults with vestibular dysfunction.



The unit aims to:

  • develop knowledge of vestibular pathologies, types of dysfunction, aetiology and prevalence, and the basic principles and practice of vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, in order to meet the requirements for employment in hearing healthcare service or research.


Teaching and learning methods

  • Lectures
  • Directed and related reading
  • Self-directed study and associated laboratory sessions
  • Tutorials


Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology underlying the vestibular system.
  • Critically evaluate the range of vestibular assessment techniques and the situations in which they may be used.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base required to carry out vestibular assessments reliably and interpret the results obtained from them.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base and practice of vestibular rehabilitation.
  • Recognise the role of integrated services for the diagnosis and rehabilitation for adults with balance disorders.
  • Detail the pathology, types, causes and prevalence of balance disorders in adults.
  • Recognise how learning disability and communication difficulties or disorders might affect the clinical presentation, assessment and management of  balance disorders in adults and children.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise scientific literature.
  • Critically analyse and objectively interpret information/data.

Practical skills

  • Present information clearly in the form of verbal and written reports.
  • Communicate complex ideas and arguments in a clear and concise and effective manner.
  • Work effectively as an individual or part of a team.
  • Use conventional and electronic resources to collect, select and organise complex scientific information.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Use of  library
  • Academic reading
  • Independent learning

Assessment methods

  • 4,000-word assignment - 100%.

Recommended reading


  • Jacobson, Newman & Kartush (1997): Handbook of Balance Function Testing (Singular) or:
  • Jacobson and Shepherd (2008):  Balance function, assessment and management.  Plural, San Diego.
  • Herdman, S & Clendaniel, R (2014) Vestibular Rehabilitaiton (4th Ed).  Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation,  FA Davis Company, Philadelphia  or Herdman S (2007): Vestibular Rehabilitation (Philadelphia) 3rd Edition.


  • Katz J (Ed). (2009). Handbook of Clinical Audiology. (Williams and Wilkins) 6th Edition.
  • Stephens, D. (Ed) (1997) Scott Brown's Otolaryngology 6th Edition Vol 2 Adult Audiology. (Butterworth).
  • Shephard & Telian (1996):  Practical management of the balance disorder patient.  (Singular).
  • Luxon,L. and Davies R. (Ed) (1997) Handbook of Vestibular Rehabilitation. (Whurr).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
MERGED - USE 7683196 Unit coordinator

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