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Courses & Syllabi

CSD 1000. INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICE FOR THE SLPA. (3) Fall.  This course provides an overview of the field of speech-language pathology, professional standards, workplace behaviors including health and safety precautions, legal and ethical issues and scope of responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist and the speech-language pathology assistant in health care and educational settings. You will be introduced to all aspects of the profession; these individual aspects will be covered in-depth in future classes.  Observations of 3 hours of clinical activities are required.

CSD 1150. 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 1240. INTRODUCTION TO CSD. (3) Fall, Spring. This course is designed to introduce the field of communication sciences and disorders and provide an introductory framework for recognizing and categorizing communication disorders. This course will provide a foundational understanding of the role of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the steps required to obtain certification as a speech-language pathologist, audiologist, or an assistant in either field, and expose students to professional writing using the standards of the American Psychological Association (APA). The information from this course will be built upon in the advanced courses within the CSD program. Observations of clinical activities are required. 

CSD 2000. SCREENING PROCESSES AND DATA COLLETION. (3) Spring.  This course covers screening tools and processes used for speech, language, and hearing screening, including the administration of screenings and the completion of protocols with clients of varied ages. Students will gain experience with a variety of data collection methods and demonstrate competency in accurate data collection and reporting.  Four hours of observation of clinical activities are required.  Prerequisites:  Successful completion of CSD 1010, 1150, 1240, 2900

CSD 2050. AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION FOR THE SLPA. (1) Spring.  This course provides an introduction to common forms of augmentative and alternative communication, including manual communication, communication boards, and electronic or computer-based communication.

 CSD 2750. 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. 

CSD 2760. GLOBAL COMMUNICATION PERSPECTIVES. (3) Fall.  An introduction to culturally- and linguistically-diverse (CLD) populations served by speech-language pathologists, audiologists and support personnel. This class provides a global perspective on multicultural communication issues as they impact the communication professional including communication development, common disorders, and treatment and assessment considerations in CLD populations.

CSD 2770. 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 2750. 

CSD 2900. PHONETICS. (3) Fall, Spring.  An introduction to the study of Articulatory Phonetics of English including the classification system underlying the International Phonetic Association. Learners will execute the practical application of articulatory phonetics and auditory discrimination through transcription of normal, abnormal, and various geographical and ethnic dialects.

CSD 3000. ROLE OF THE SLPA IN THE EDUCATIONAL SETTING. (3) Spring.  An introduction to the role and responsibilities of the SLPA in the educational setting.  Topics of interest for this class include specific target populations, record keeping, Individual Educational Programs (IEP), Family Service Plan (IFSP), 504 plans, time management and scheduling, and roles and responsibilities. Interprofessional collaboration and practice will be discussed.  Prerequisites:  CSD 1000, CSD 1150, CSD 1240, CSD 2000, CSD 2050, CSD 2900, CSD 3100, CSD 3250, and CSD 3260

CSD 3020. 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.

CSD 3040. 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 3020 or consent of instructor. 

CSD 3100. SLPA FIELDWORK I. (1) Fall.  This course is a field placement under the supervision of a state licensed speech-language pathologist. The field placement allows the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills related to speech and language interventions. A minimum of 50 hours of supervised fieldwork is required.  Prerequisites:  CSD 1000, CSD 1150, CSD 1240, CSD 2000, CSD 2050, CSD 2900, CSD 3250, and CSD 3260

CSD 3200. SLPA FIELDWORK II. (1) Spring.  This course is a field placement under the supervision of a state licensed speech-language pathologist. The field placement allows the student to demonstrate the knowledge and skills related to speech and language interventions. A minimum of 50 hours of supervised fieldwork is required.  Prerequisites:  CSD 1000, CSD 1150, CSD 1240, CSD 2000, CSD 2050, CSD 2900, CSD 3100, CSD 3250, and CSD 3260

CSD 3250. PHONOLOGICAL AND ARTICULATION DISORDERS. (3) Fall, Spring. Identification, classification, analysis, and remediation of phonological and articulation disorders. Prerequisites: CSD 1230, 1250, and 2900.  Observation of clinical activity is required.

CSD 3260. LANGUAGE DISORDERS. (3) Fall, Spring.  Identification and remediation of language disorders. Delayed and disordered language, environmental deprivation, intellectual disability, and brain injury. Prerequisites: CSD 1150, 1230, and 1250.  Observation of clinical activity is required.

CSD 3270. AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE III. (3) Sufficient Demand.  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. Prerequisites: CSD 2750 and CSD 2770. 

CSD 3800. CLINICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES: DIAGNOSTIC. (3) Fall, Spring.  Learners in this course will be introduced to the current diagnostic and appraisal methods for the disorders of speech and language. Professional topics such as the HIPAA policies and procedures, ethical standards and conduct, psychometrics, multi-cultural considerations, interviewing, and reporting will be discussed and practiced. This course includes practical experience in the administration of and reporting results of assessment instruments for communication disorders.  Prerequisites: CSD 3250, and CSD 3260.

CSD 3810. 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 3250 and 3260. Observation of clinical activity is required.

CSD 3850. INITIAL FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PRACTICUM. (1) Fall, Spring. Supervised clinical practicum experience including assessment and treatment of a variety of communication disorders.  Two or three hours of clinical/lab work and additional interaction with supervisors each week are required.  Approximately 10-15 clock hours of clinical practicum experience will be accumulated.  This course must be completed with a B or higher to advance to CSD 3860.  Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance through the University; this cost is included in the course fee.  Prerequisite:  Acceptance in to the clinical program.  Fee: see course fee schedule.

CSD 3860. CONTINUED FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PRACTICUM. (1) Fall, Spring.  Supervised clinical practicum experience of a more advanced nature including assessment and remediation  of a variety of communication disorders. Two or three hours of clinical/lab work and additional interaction with supervisors each week are required.  Approximately 10-15 clock hours of clinical practicum experience will be accumulated. This course must be completed with a B or higher to advance to CSD 4210.  Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance through the University; this cost is included in the course fee. Prerequisite:  CSD 3850.  Fee:  see course fee schedule.

CSD 4000. ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE. (3) Fall, Spring.  An in-depth study of the normal anatomy and physiology supporting speech, voice, language and swallowing.  Clinical application of breakdowns in anatomical, physiological and neurological functioning will be discussed.  Prerequisite:  BIOL 1200

CSD 4010. SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCE. (3) Fall, Spring.  A study of the physical concepts related to sound and voice, the acoustics of voice production and sound, psychoacoustics, and theories of speech perception and production. Topics include clinical application (related disorders and development, evaluation, and treatment) and related instrumentation.  Prerequisite(s): CSD 2900, CSD 3250, PHS 1060

CSD 4050. INTRODUCTION TO NEUROGENIC DISORDERS. (3) Fall, Spring.  A survey of the normal structure and function of the nervous system in human communication and resulting disorders that occur due to neurological dysfunction.

CSD 4210. OFFSITE FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PRACTICUM. (4) Fall, Spring. A clinical experience in an approved speech-language pathology/audiology setting. This course must be completed with a B or higher to graduate.  Prerequisites:  CSD 3860 with a B or higher. Students are required to purchase professional liability insurance through the University; this cost is included in the course fee.  Fee: See course fee schedule.

CSD 4500/5500. 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 6100. PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION. (1) Fall. Offered on sufficient demand.  Detailed transcription of normal and disordered speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet.   

CSD 6110. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE BIRTH TO 5 POPULATION. (5) Fall Learners in this course study communication development and disorders in infants, toddlers and preschool aged children including strategies for preventing, evaluating, compensating for, and remediating communication disorders during this stage of life. This course will include discussions of the effects of disorders on the family and the importance of interdisciplinary treatments.

CSD 6120. NEUROLOGY OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE AND HEARING. (3) Fall.  Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a concentration on neurological mechanisms related to speech, language and hearing.  

CSD 6150. 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 6170. 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 6190 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 6290. 

CSD 6220. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE SCHOOL-AGED POPULATION. (5) Spring.  Communication development and disorders (speech, language, and hearing) in the early to middle school-age children. Topics will include relevant legislation and policies that affect clinical practice in the school setting; prevention and advocacy related to this population and setting; differential diagnosis of disorders related to speech, language, and hearing in this population; treatment strategies and considerations for this population and setting; and relationships and interplay among professional scope of practice, ethical principles, and federal legislation. 

CSD 6230. ADULT DYSPHAGIA. (3) Spring.  A study of the anatomical and physiological bases of normal and disordered swallowing in the adult population.  Evidence-based evaluation of dysphagia using fluoroscopic and endoscopic methods will be discussed and evidence-based treatment of dysphagia will be covered.

CSD 6240. PEDIATRIC FEEDING AND SWALLOWING. (2) Spring.  Learners in this course study the anatomical and physiological bases of feeding/swallowing in the pediatric population and examine the interaction of the cardiac, respiratory, digestive, and sensory systems. Strategies for the prevention, assessment, and management of disorders, along with the effects on the family, and the benefits of interdisciplinary treatment will be covered.

CSD 6290. 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 6390. 

CSD 6320. SEMINAR: MULTI-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS. (1) Summer. Examination of the verbal and nonverbal cultural differences within a clinical setting.

CSD 6350. ALTERNATIVE MODES OF COMMUNICATION. (2) Summer.  An introduction to various communication modalities including oral, manual, augmentative/alternative communication techniques, and assistive technologies.

CSD 6380. 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 6390. 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 6490.

CSD 6450. PREVENTING, DIAGNOSING AND TREATING COMMUNICATION DISORDERS WITH THE MIDDLE TO OLDER ADULT POPULATION.  (5) Fall.  Cognitive-communicative disorders typical of the middle to older aged adult populations.  Topics addressed will include neurogenic language impairment (aphasia), motor speech disorders (the dysarthria and apraxia) and cognitive decline in aging or as a result of disease.  Common assessment methodologies and evidence-based treatment practices will be discussed. 

CSD 6460. FLUENCY. (2) Fall.  Theories, evaluation procedures, and therapeutic techniques in the treatment of various types and degrees of stuttering and cluttering.

CSD 6480. SEMINAR: SPECIAL TOPICS. (1) Fall.  Advanced topics in the field of speech-language pathology.

CSD 6490. 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 6590.

CSD 6510. 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 6530. 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 6550. Independent Study in Speech-Language Pathology. (1) Offered on sufficient demand. An individual study of selected topics in speech-language pathology under the supervision and guidance of CSD faculty.

CSD 6570. 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 6590. 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. 

MS SLP ELECTIVES

CSD 6300. MEDICAL ASPECTS OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY.  (3) Summer.  An introduction to the aspects of professional practice that are likely to be encountered in a medical setting.  Topics to be addressed include common medical terminology, drug-resistant infections and infection prevention, communication frameworks in the medical setting, billing/coding/insurance issues across the medical continuum of care, and the interprofessional team.  Students will be introduced to common diagnoses as well as medical, surgical and pharmacological interventions common to the SLP caseload in a medical setting.   

CSD 6550. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY. (1) Summer. Offered on sufficient demand.  An individual study of selected topics in speech-language pathology under the supervision and guidance of CSD faculty.

 

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Communication Sciences & Disorders
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