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Courses & Syllabi

CSD 215. NORMAL SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. (3) Fall, Spring. Normal speech and language acquisition and growth from first vocalization to adult grammatical forms. Observation of clinical activity is required.

CSD 230. INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSIONS IN CSD. (2) Fall, Spring.  An overview of the professional practices in the field of communication sciences and disorders.  Topics related to multicultural service delivery, certification, code of ethics, graduate education, and other issues in communication sciences and disorders.  Observation of clinical activity is required. Fee: See course fee schedule.

CSD 250. SURVEY OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS. (3) Fall, Spring. Common speech, language, and hearing disorders with emphasis on causation. Observation of clinical activity is required.

CSD 275. AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I. (3) Fall, Spring. An elementary course in American Sign Language (ASL) using a natural approach to introduce culturally appropriate signed concepts related to the immediate environment. Included development of appropriate linguistic/cultural behaviors and awareness of/respect for Deaf Culture. Fee: See course fee schedule.

CSD 276. GLOBAL COMMUNICATION PERSPECTIVES. (3) Fall, Spring. A comparative analysis of the cultural environment as it affects the communication process for disordered/different individuals.

CSD 277. AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II. (3) Fall, Spring. A continuation of ASL I in the development of receptive and expressive skills with increased complexity, building on the foundation previously learned by strengthening vocabulary and conceptual accuracy by highlighting the use of ASL grammar as it is used within the deaf community. Emphasis is placed on conveying meaning rather than individual signs during a conversation, targeting the whole rather than the parts of the message. Finger spelling will be more in depth to increase fluency. This is a no-voice class. Prerequisite: CSD 275. Fee: See course fee schedule.

CSD 290. PHONETICS. (3) Fall, Spring. Principles of phonetic sciences with practical application of articulatory phonetics and experience in auditory discrimination. Geographical and ethnic dialects.    

CSD 325. PHONOLOGICAL AND ARTICULATION DISORDERS. (3) Fall, Spring. Identification, classification, analysis, and remediation of phonological and articulation disorders. Prerequisite: CSD 230, 250, and 290.  

CSD 326. LANGUAGE DISORDERS. (3) Fall, Spring.  Identification and remediation of language disorders. Delayed and disordered language, environmental deprivation, intellectual disability, and brain injury. Prerequisites: CSD 215, 230, and 250.

CSD 327. AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III. (3) Fall, Spring.  A continuation of ASL I and ASL II in the development of receptive and expressive skills with a deeper awareness and appreciation of the Deaf cultural norms, behaviors, and cross-cultural adjustment skills. Emphasis is placed on the increasingly complex language functions and grammatical structure of ASL by focusing on the concrete concepts, vocabulary, grammatical principles and idiomatic expressions of the foundation previously learned. Fingerspelling will be more in depth to increase fluency. This is a no-voice class. Prerequisite: CSD 275 and CSD 277. Fee: See course fee schedule.

CSD 380. CLINICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES: DIAGNOSTIC. (3) Fall, Spring. Introduction to current diagnostic and appraisal methods for the disorders of speech and language. Includes the study of and practical experience in the administration and reporting of assessment instruments for communication disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 325 and 326.   

CSD 381. CLINICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES: TREATMENT. (3) Fall, Spring. Overview of the clinical process for the remediation of communication disorders. Practical clinical methodology will be emphasized. Prerequisites: CSD 325 and 326. 

CSD 385. INITIAL FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PRACTICUM. (1) Fall, Spring. Supervised clinical practicum experience including assessment, remediation, and treatment of a variety of communication disorders.  Two to three hours of clinical/lab work and one hour of staffing per week is required.  Approximately 10-15 clock hours of clinical practicum experience will be accumulated.  Prerequisites:  Acceptance in to the clinical track.  Passing with a grade of A or B is required to advance to CSD 386.  Additionally, student must purchase professional liability insurance from Harding University.  Fee: see course fee schedule.

CSD 386. CONTINUED FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PRACTICUM. (1) Fall, Spring.  Supervised clinical practicum experience of a more advanced nature including assessment, remediation and treatment of a variety of communication disorders. Two to three hours of clinical/lab work and one hour of staffing per week is required.  Approximately 10-15 clock hours of clinical practicum experience will be accumulated.  Prerequisites:  CSD 385.  Passing with a grade of A or B is required to advance to CSD 421.  Additionally, student must purchase professional liability insurance from Harding University.  Fee:  see course fee schedule.

CSD 400. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE. (3) Fall, Spring.  Normal anatomy, physiology and neurology of speech and language. Specific breakdowns in anatomical, physiological and neurological functioning resulting in communication disorders.

CSD 401. SPEECH AND VOICE SCIENCE. (3) Fall, Spring. The vocal mechanism, acoustics of voice and sound production, the human ear, and psychoacoustics of audition. Prerequisite: 325.

CSD 402. AUDIOLOGY. (3) Fall, Spring. The anatomy of the hearing mechanism, the process of hearing, tests for impaired functions of the ear, and rehabilitation of the aurally handicapped. Supervised practice in testing hearing. Prerequisite: CSD 250.

CSD 404. AURAL REHABILITATION. (3) Fall, Spring. The handicap of hearing impairment with its habilitation and rehabilitation. Signing, auditory training, and speech reading. Speech conservation, counseling, and the use of amplification. Prerequisite: CSD 402 or consent of instructor.

CSD 421. OFFSITE FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PRACTICUM. (4) Fall, Spring. A clinical experience in an approved speech-language pathology/audiology setting. Prerequisites:  CSD 386. Passing with a grade of A or B is required to graduate.  Fee: See course fee schedule (includes professional liability insurance).

CSD 450/550. INDEPENDENT STUDY. (1-3) Offered with permission of instructor and department chair. Independent research in areas of communication disorders such as stuttering, articulatory disorders, and speech and hearing rehabilitation.

CSD 611. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE BIRTH TO 5 POPULATION. (5) Fall. Communication development and disorders (speech, language, and hearing) in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Strategies for preventing the onset of communication disorders at this stage of life will be addressed as well as intervention methodologies.  Typical appraisal procedures and instruments used with this population will be reviewed.  

CSD 614. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE MIDDLE TO OLDER ADULT POPULATION.  (5) Fall. Communication development and disorders (speech, language, and hearing) in middle aged and older adults. Strategies for preventing the onset of communication disorders at this stage of life will be addressed as well as intervention methodologies.  Typical appraisal procedures and instruments used with this population will be reviewed.  

CSD 615. RESEARCH AND WRITING. (3) Fall. This course will present specific aspects of technical writings and oral presentations, as well as an introduction to evidence-based practice, applied clinical research, and interpretation of research data in the field of speech-language pathology.

CSD 618. PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION. (1) Fall. Offered on sufficient demand.  Detailed transcription of normal and disordered speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet.   

CSD 619 CLINICAL PRACTICUM I. (3) Fall. The first level of diagnostic and therapeutic contact with individuals who exhibit communication disorders. The experience will include treatment planning, report writing and patient/parent counseling. completion of this course with a "B" or higher is required to progress to CSD 629. 

CSD 622. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE SCHOOL-AGED POPULATION. (5) Spring. Communication development and disorders (speech, language, and hearing) in school-aged children and early adolescents. Strategies for preventing the onset of communication disorders at this stage of life will be addressed as well as intervention methodologies.  Typical appraisal procedures and instruments used with this population will be reviewed.  

CSD 623. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE LATE ADOLESCENT TO EARLY ADULT POPULATION. (5) Spring. Communication development and disorders (speech, language, and hearing) in late adolescents and young adults. Strategies for preventing the onset of communication disorders at this stage of life will be addressed as well as intervention methodologies.  Typical appraisal procedures and instruments used with this population will be reviewed.

CSD 629. CLINICAL PRACTICUM II. (3) Spring. The second level of diagnostic and therapeutic contact with individuals who exhibit communication disorders. The experience will include treatment planning, report writing and patient/parent counseling. This course may be taken twice. This course must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher to progress to CSD 649. 

CSD 632. SEMINAR: MULTI-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS. (1) Summer. Examination of the verbal and nonverbal cultural differences within a clinical setting.

CSD 635. ALTERNATIVE MODES OF COMMUNICATION. (2) Summer.  An introduction to various communication modalities including oral, manual, augmentative/alternative communication techniques, and assistive technologies.

CSD 638. SPECIAL POPULATIONS. (3) Summer. Strategies for diagnosis and intervention of communication disorders found in low-incidence populations (such as craniofacial anomalies, hearing disorders, genetic and metabolic disorders, and syndromes).

CSD 639. CLINICAL PRACTICUM III. (3) Summer. The third level of diagnostic and therapeutic contact with individuals who exhibit communication disorders. The experience will include treatment planning, report writing and patient/parent counseling. Students may be assigned to outside practicum sites with the consent of the instructor or may choose to participate in international practicum experiences. This course may be taken twice. This course must be completed with a "B" or higher to progress to CSD 649.

CSD 642. NEUROLOGY OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE AND HEARING. (3) Fall.  Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a concentration on neurological mechanisms related to speech, language and hearing.

CSD 643. DYSPHAGIA. (3) Spring.  Anatomical bases of normal and disordered swallowing in children and adults; evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders.

CSD 644. PEDIATRIC FEEDING AND SWALLOWING. (2) Spring.  Anatomy-physiology of swallowing processes, normal swallowing/feeding development and function and assessment and management strategies for children.

CSD 646. FLUENCY. (2) Fall.  Theories, evaluation procedures, and therapeutic techniques in the treatment of various types and degrees of stuttering and cluttering.

CSD 648. COUNSELING/INTERVIEWING IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS. (1) Fall. Seminar designed to demonstrate the principles of working with persons with communication disorders and their families throughout the client’s lifespan.

CSD 649. CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV. (3) Fall. The fourth level of diagnostic and therapeutic contact with individuals who exhibit communication disorders. The experience will include treatment planning, report writing and patient/parent counseling. Students may be assigned to outside practicum sites with the consent of the instructor. This course must be completed with a "B" or higher to progress to CSD 659.

CSD 651. PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND BUSINESS PRACTICES. (2) Spring. Seminar designed as a comprehensive integration and analysis of the discipline of Speech-Language Pathology. A formative and summative evaluation of the students’ work evidenced by students’ development of a portfolio that contains pieces of work that exemplify their progress throughout the academic program and formal presentation of their own research investigations. 

CSD 657. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS. (2) Spring.  Exploration of the role of biblical values in ethical decision making for the communication sciences and disorders professional.  Consideration of these values as well as the professional code of ethics in resolving ethical dilemmas.

CSD 658. SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS. (1) Fall. Advanced topics in specialized areas such as central auditory processing, alternative/augmentative communication, motor speech disorders, and specific voice disorders.  Specific topic to be announced each semester.

CSD 659. CLINICAL PRACTICUM V. (3) Spring. The last level of diagnostic and therapeutic contact with individuals who exhibit communication disorders. The experience will include treatment planning, report writing and patient/parent counseling. Students may be assigned to outside practicum sites with the consent of the instructor. This course must be completed with a "B" or higher in order to graduate. 

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Harding University
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Box 10872
Searcy, AR 72149-5615