Communication Sciences & Disorders

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One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

CSD 203 Phonetics I
.50 credit
The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet, with practice in phonetic transcription and motoric description of variations in speech. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

CSD 204 Phonetics II
.50 credit
Communicative awareness and effectiveness are developed through analysis of videotaped oral presentations and laboratory experience. For speech-language pathology majors, this course offers additional practice in transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: CSD 203.

CSD 233 Workshop in Sign Language I
.50 credit
A beginning course in sign language, emphasizing sign vocabulary, American Sign Language (ASL) syntax, manual alphabet, and situational assessment. Designed for those who need to communicate with non-verbal children and adults.

CSD 234 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
The study of the anatomical and physiological processes related to normal speech production. The respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and nervous systems are studied in depth. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

CSD 236 Workshop in Sign Language II
.50 credit
An intermediate course in sign language providing additional sign vocabulary and ASL syntax. Prerequisite: CSD 233 or consent of instructor.

CSD 245 Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Educational Settings
.50 credit
A broad introduction to human communication sciences and disorders as they are experienced in educational settings. Includes normal and abnormal speech, language, and hearing processes in children, adolescents, and adults.

CSD 246 Survey of Communication Sciences and Disorders: Medical Settings
.50 credit
A broad introduction to human communication sciences and organically based communication disorders as they are experienced in medical settings.

CSD 337 Language Development Across the Lifespan
The nature and typical development of language are studied in conjunction with concurrent development in cognitive, social, and motoric systems. Theories of language are also addressed. Prerequisites: speech-language pathology major, junior status and 3.20 GPA. Second-term sophomores will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

CSD 338 Normal  Speech and Language Development in the Young Child
Study of the acquisition of speech and language in children. Designed for students majoring in education or other appropriate areas. This course is not applicable toward the major in speech-language pathology.

CSD 339 Introduction to Audiology: Principles and Methods
The study of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system and its disorders. Includes instruction and practice in the use of audiometric equipment. Prerequisites: CSD 234, junior standing and a 3.20 GPA.

CSD 340 Fluency Disorders
.50 credit
A study of fluency, dysfluency, theories of etiology, and current therapeutic approaches in the treatment of stuttering and other fluency disorders. Prerequisite: 3.20 GPA and junior standing.

CSD 341 Phonological and Articulatory Disorders
A study of phonological development combined with a study of phonological and articulatory disorders. Strategies for assessment and remediation are addressed. Prerequisites: CSD 204 and 3.20 GPA.

CSD 343 Neurological Bases of Communication
Designed for students pursuing a degree in communication science and disorders or interested in the field of allied health. Students will understand the anatomy and physiology of the human brain; neural processes of speech, language and cognition; and the neurological basis for swallowing. Also, students will develop an appreciation for brain-behavior relationships and how they are impacted following an injury to the brain. Prerequisites: CSD 234 and 3.20 GPA.

CSD 344 Speech Science
The study of the nature of sound waves, sound transmission, resonance, and filtering. Introduction to speech perception. A review of principles and methods of measuring acoustical phenomena and an introduction to the acoustic theory of speech production. Prerequisites: CSD 204 and 3.20 GPA.

CSD 345 Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology
Designed to increase students’ professional writing skills, specifically in the areas of professional correspondence, clinical report writing and academic writing, and to enhance skills of information literacy. Prerequisites: ENG 106, CSD 245, CSD 246, CSD 378 and a 3.20 GPA.

CSD 354 Special Topics in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
.50 or 1.00 credit
An opportunity for intensive exploration of a particular topic chosen by the instructor. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

CSD 355 Aural Rehabilitation
The study of basic methods involved in the treatment of the hearing impaired, including auditory training, speech reading, amplification, communication development, and  case management. Prerequisites: CSD 339 and 3.20 GPA. January Term, Spring Term.

CSD 377 Speech-Language Pathology Practicum
.50 credit
A minimum of 25 hours of clinical observation is required as well as attendance at seminars on treatment techniques and current topics in speech-language pathology. Prerequisites: speech-language pathology major, 3.00 GPA and consent of the instructor.

CSD 378 Speech-Language Pathology Practicum
.50 credit
Students are required to assist other student clinicians in the treatment of clients in the on-campus clinic, along with attendance at seminars in treatment techniques and current topics in speech-language pathology. Prerequisites: speech-language pathology major, consent of the instructor, 3.20 GPA, current or prior enrollment in CSD 337 and CSD 341, and a grade of A or B in CSD 377. The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) must be taken prior to enrollment unless the student has an ACT plus writing of 22 or higher.

CSD 443 Language Problems in Children
The etiology, symptomatology, diagnosis, and remediation of language disorders in infants and children are studied. Prerequisites: CSD 337 and CSD 378, 3.20 GPA or consent of instructor.

CSD 454 Clinical Methods and Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology; Senior Capstone
Introduction to HIPAA, clinical evaluation, client management, and professional conduct as outlined in the ASHA Code of Ethics. Methods of observing, recording, and assessing speech and language behaviors, interpreting diagnostic information, developing treatment objectives, and modifying behaviors are studied. Fundamentals of speech and language therapy, instructional programming, and behavior management in speech-language pathology are addressed. Prerequisites: CSD 204, 234, 337, 341 and 378; 3.20 GPA.

CSD 468 Internship in Speech-Language Pathology
Students will arrange to observe speech-language therapy at an off-campus clinical site and participate in speech-language therapy sessions with clients. No clock hours may be counted from this experience.

CSD 477-478 Speech-Language Pathology Practicum
.50 credit
Requires supervised clinical practice including treatment of clients, data collection, preparation of materials, progress notes, lesson plans and reports; attendance at seminars on treatment techniques and current topics in speech-language pathology; and a minimum of one to three hours of client and clinical instructor contact per week. Prerequisites: those who earn an A in CSD 377 and CSD 378 and who have a minimum of an A- average in CSD 337, CSD 340, CSD 341 and CSD 443 will be eligible to treat one client in CSD 477 and CSD 478. Those who did not earn an A will continue to assist a graduate student in the treatment of clients; speech-language pathology major and consent of the instructor.

CSD 492/292 Independent Study in Speech-Language Pathology
.25, .50 or 1.00 credit
Studies may include readings and clinical study or research. Consent of instructor required.

CSD 495 Honors Independent Research
.50 credit
This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of speech-language pathology culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guid- ance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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