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One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

CSD 100 Introduction to Sign Language
.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 nonverbal children and adults.

CSD 101 Sign Language I
.50 credit
An intermediate course in sign language providing additional sign vocabulary and ASL syntax. Prerequisite: CSD 100 or consent of instructor.

CSD 102 Sign Language II
This course focuses on continued development of conversational fluency in American Sign Language, including further training in receptive and expressive skills, fingerspelling, vocabulary development and grammatical structures. Cultural aspects associated with deaf education; historical treatment of deaf people; and sociological, political and cultural issues important to the deaf community are addressed. Prerequisite: CSD 101 or consent of instructor.

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: second-term sophomore standing.

CSD 204 Phonetics II
.50 credit
Communicative awareness and effectiveness are developed through analysis of videotaped oral presentations and laboratory experience. For communication sciences and disorders majors, this course offers additional practice in transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisites: CSD 203, 3.00 GPA.

CSD 234 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
The study of the anatomical and physiological processes related to normal speech and language production. The respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, hearing and nervous systems are studied in depth. Prerequisites: second-term sophomore standing, 3.00 GPA.

CSD 242 Toward Understanding Autism
A course on the identification and treatment of individuals with autism. A brief historical overview will be included. Characteristics and learning styles of individuals with autism will be examined.

CSD 245 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders: Educational Settings
.50 credit
A broad introduction to human communication sciences and disorders as they are experienced in educational settings. Students are required to observe typical and atypical communication and accumulate observation hours. Fundamental writing skills related to the profession are addressed. Prerequisites: CSD major or special education major.

CSD 246 Introduction to 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. Spring Term; January Term in odd years.

CSD 319 Applied Linguistics for Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
An introduction to applied linguistics as a foundation for speech, language and hearing sciences. The course emphasizes concepts of how language is structured, how meaning is conveyed, and how language varies across occasions and groups. It addresses the scientific method and language analysis in applications for research and clinical practice in the assessment and treatment of language disorders.

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: communication sciences and disorders 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 communication sciences and disorders. Fall Term, odd years.

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. Prerequisites: 3.20 GPA and junior standing.

CSD 341 Speech Sound 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 sciences 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, complete required biological science course 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, completed required physical science course, 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 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, Fall Term.

CSD 356 Children at Risk from Birth to Five
This course provides an introduction to factors associated with early intervention in speech-language pathology and audiology. Topics include fetal development; prenatal, neonatal and postnatal risk factors; syndromes associated with communication deficits; assessment of infant and toddler nonverbal communication; infant/caregiver interaction and attachment; remediation; and the primary role of the speech-language pathologist on the early intervention team. Prerequisite: junior status or sophomore with consent of instructor.

CSD 378 Beginning Clinical Practicum
.50 credit
Students are required to accumulate clinical observation hours, as well as attend seminars on treatment techniques and current topics in speech-language pathology. Professional writing skills related to clinical practice are addressed. Prerequisites: CSD 245, communication sciences and disorders major, consent of the clinic director, 3.00 GPA, and current or prior enrollment in CSD 337 and CSD 341.

CSD 380 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
The seminar in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is designed to introduce students to the area of AAC and the principles and practices related to assessment and intervention for individuals who present with complex communication needs. January Term.

CSD 381 The China Experience
The immersion experience in China provides students with an opportunity to observe and participate in not only conventional but also alternative evaluation and treatment sessions in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; it offers students a multicultural experience in rehabilitative medicine. Travel course, offered January Term in even-numbered years.

CSD 382 Global Perspectives in Communication and Disability: Costa Rice Experience
This course is designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to foster their global experience, knowledge and skills to provide appropriate services to diverse clients. The combination of Spanish classes, cultural excursions, home stays with local families, and clinical services learning activities will foster students’ appreciation of culture and linguistic diversity and their ability to provide culturally relevant services. Travel course, Summer Term.

CSD 437 Language Problems in Children
This course presents an overview of the etiology, symptomatology, diagnosis and remediation of language disorders in infants and children. Prerequisites: CSD 337 and CSD 378, 3.20 GPA.

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. Students study methods of observing, recording and assessing speech and language behaviors, interpreting diagnostic information, developing treatment objectives, and modifying behaviors. The course also introduces fundamentals of speech and language therapy, instructional programming, and behavior management in speechlanguage pathology. Prerequisites: CSD 204, 234, 337, 341, 378, and current or prior enrollment in CSD 477, 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 476 Language Stimulation and Enrichment Experiences
Students plan speech-language stimulation and enrichment activities that are age and developmentally appropriate; write a weekly lesson plan documenting the speech-language objectives being stimulated; and implement the activities with at-risk populations at off-campus sites. Prerequisites: CSD 337, CSD 378. Elective may fulfill one term of clinical practicum requirement.

CSD 477 Experiential Learning and Assisting in Clinical Practicum
.50 credit
Students assist other student clinicians in CSD 500 or 501 in the on-campus clinic. As assistants, students participate in supervised clinical practice, including treatment, data collection, preparation of materials and writing of progress notes and lesson plans. Students may also participate in clinical research. Attendance at seminars on treatment techniques and current topics in speech-language pathology is required. Prerequisites: communication sciences and disorders major, consent of the clinic director, 3.20 GPA.

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 guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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