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Communicative Disorders

College of Health and Human Services

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Communicative Disorders - CD Courses

Courses (C D)


60. Special Topics (1)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Speech, language and hearing therapy to students enrolled in the University.
May be repeated to a maximum of 2 units.


260. Introduction to Communicative Disorders (3)
Features of human communication dysfunction. Survey of major communicative disorders. Role of speech-language pathologist and audiologist in medical, educational, and private practice settings.


261. Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3)
Anatomical, physiological and neurological components of the speech and hearing mechanism. Designed for students planning to enter the clinical program in communicative disorders.


271. Phonetics (3)
Phonetic basis of speech sounds and the various factors which influence pronunciation. Consideration is given to linguistic variations, regional dialects and standards.
(Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.)



329. Introduction to Language Acquisition (3)
Introduction to the study of the acquisition of first and second languages. Linguistic perspectives on the development of phonological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of language. The influence of developmental stages and social and cultural factors on the individual.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as LING 329.


330. Speech and Hearing Science (3)
Prerequisite: CD 261.
Examinination of the anatomical, physiological, psychological and acoustic aspects of speech. Through readings, discussions, videos, and interactive software the student is expected to become more aware and analytical of the instrumentation and scientific basis of production and perception of speech.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


373. Audiology I (3)
Introduction to audiology; acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the ear, pure-tone audiometry/masking, speech audiometry/ masking, principles of taking a case history, and report writing.


431. Pediatric Audiology (3)
Prerequisite: C D 373.
Sources of hearing impairment (HI) in children birth through school age. Nature of HI in children and effects on communicative function. Procedures for identification (screening), assessment, and intervention (including parent counseling) for HI children.
(Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.)


432. Audiology II (3)
Prerequisites: C D 373.
Anatomy/pathology/ evaluation of the (1) outer and middle ears, (2) inner ear, (3) central auditory system, and (4) functional hearing loss, taking case history, and report writing.


440. Aural Rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired (3)
Prerequisites: C D 373 and 431 or 432.
Nature of hearing impairment and impact on communicative function. Procedures for assessment and management of hearing loss, including amplification, counseling, and self-report scales. Focus is primarily adult clients but will include some information regarding children.


456. Speech Pathology I: Disorders of Phonology (3)
Prerequisites: CD 261, 271.
Etiology, assessment and treatment of disorders of phonology.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


460. Speech and Language Assessment of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Clients (3)
Provides understanding of non-discriminatory assessment process for linguistically and culturally diverse clients referred for speech-language assessment. Includes information relative to cultural differences, use of interpreters/translators, biases of assessment, and differential diagnoses, such as language disorder versus language difference.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


462. Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Practicum. (3)
Prerequisites: At least 33 units in communicative disorders.
For students interested in receiving a license to work as a SLPA. Weekly lecturers covering the laws, practices and ethics governing SLPAs and 70 hours of supervised undergraduate clinical practicum.
Letter grade only (A-F).


466. Speech Pathology II: Speech Motor Disorders (3)
Prerequisites: CD 261, 271, 330.
Etiology, assessment, and therapy for disturbances of the speech motor system with emphasis on the neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, psychological, and linguistic variables correlated to aberrant behaviors.
Letter grade only (A-F).


472. Alternative and Augmentative Communication (3)
Prerequisites: CD 261, CD 329.
An understanding of relevant topics in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), assistive technology (AT); assessment and management of patients with severe communication impairments. Topics will include a variety of disabilities in both pediatric and adult patients, across varying communication environments.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


476. Speech Pathology III: Disorders of Voice/Oro-facial Mechanism (3)
Prerequisites: CD 261, 329.
Processes of phonation and resonance and their application to etiology, diagnosis and therapy of functional and organic voice disorders, such as those arising from laryngeal pathology, vocal abuse, neurological impairment, auditory impairment and oro-facial abnormalities.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


477. Disorders of Swallowing (3)
Prerequisite: CD 261.
Anatomy, physiology, and neuroanatomy of normal swallowing. Neurological and oncologic disorders which affect the swallow process. Evaluation of the patient with dysphagia will include clinical and instrumental analysis. Treatment plans based on history and evaluative results will be designed and examined.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


481A. Speech Pathology IV: Disorders of Language (3)
Prerequisites: CD 271, 329.
An analysis of the components of language and how each is involved with language disorders in children. Provide for the understanding and recognition of variables for the assessment and clinical management of such children.
(Lecture/discussion) Letter grade only (A-F).


481B. Speech Pathology IV: Disorders of Language Neuropathologies (3)
Prerequisites: C D 261, 330.
Neurophysological and neurolinguistic basis for language and speech disorders associated with central nervous system pathologies. Provides for the recognition and understanding of variables for the assessment and clinical management of such disorders.
(Lecture/discussion.) Letter grade only (A-F).


483. Assessment of Monolingual and Bilingual Clients (3)
Prerequisites: CD 261, 271, 329, 330.
Principles underlying assessment procedures in speech language disorders for both monolingual and bilingual clients. Focus is on the cultural and linguistic variables affecting standardized and non-standardized assessment procedures.
(Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours.) Letter grade only (A-F).


489. Management of Monolingual and Bilingual Clients (3)
Prerequisites: CD 483. Prerequisites or corequisites: At least 4 of the following: CD 456, 466, 476, 481A, 481B.
Management of speech and language disorders for monolingual, bilingual, and/or bicultural clients. Relationship of assessment to management, formulation of goals, objectives, task analyses and maintenance. 25 hours observation in schools, campus clinic, and hospital/rehabilitation settings.
(Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.)


491. Proctoring in Communicative Disorders (2-3)
Students shall engage in peer teaching and examination scoring in undergraduate courses under the specific direction of the course instructor.
Open only to students who have achieved the grade of “A” in the course in which they are serving as proctor. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.


499. Directed Studies in Communicative Disorders (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Not acceptable for graduate credit toward the master’s degree.



530. Audiological Instrumentation (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Acoustics/ decibel, psychoacoustics, calibration of pure-tone and speech audiometers, sound field calibration, industrial audiology and noise measurement.
(Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 6 hrs.) Letter grade only (A-F).


574. Hearing Aids (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
Electro-acoustic characteristics, hearing aid evaluation in children and adults, probe tube measurements, earmolds, binaural hearing aids, CROS and its modifications, batteries, assistive listening devices, hearing aid orientation and counseling, cochlear implants, classroom amplification and acoustics, hearing aid dispensing.


590. Advanced Topics and Current Issues in Communicative Disorders (1-3)
Selected topics from the most recent developments and issues in speech-language pathology and audiology. Course content will vary with each offering.
May be repeated to maximum of 3 units with different topics. Topics will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.


662. Seminar in Language Disorders in Children (3)
Prerequisite: C D 481A, 696.
Components of language, cognitive and perceptual abilities and communication are examined in children with normal and impaired language development. Major approaches to language intervention are discussed.
Letter grade only (A-F).


663. Seminar in Disorders of Phonology (3)
Prerequisites or corequisite: CD 456.
Information in the description, assessment and treatment of phonological disorders. Survey of current literature and practices. Practice in conducting procedures.
Letter grade only (A-F).


664. Seminar in Disorders of Voice and the Oro-facial Mechanism (3)
Prerequisites: C D 476, 696.
Selected problems in voice disorders through an investigation of the literature and clinical research.
Letter grade only (A-F).


665. Seminar in Language Disorders in Adults (3)
Prerequisites: C D 481B, 696.
Provides an understanding of neuropathological substrates of language disorders in adults resulting from brain damage. Provides for the recognition and assessment of the syndromology and clinical aspects of adult language disorders relative to current research.
Letter grade only (A-F).


666. Seminar in Speech Motor and Swallowing Disorders (3)
Prerequisites: CD 466, 696.
Historical and current research and its effect upon the assessment and management of speech motor and swallowing disorders.
Letter grade only (A-F).


667. Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
Historical perspectives, assessment procedures, intervention approaches, and parent training programs for management of clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Letter grade only (A-F).


669A. Clinical Practice in Phonological Disorders (2)
Prerequisites: C D 489; prerequisite or corequisite: C D 663 and consent of instructor.
Student conducts assessment of phonological disorders and management of therapy, under supervision, with clients in the university speech and hearing clinic. Students handle all aspects of clinical program including initial interviews, parent counseling, and testing.
Letter grade only (A-F).


669B. Clinical Practice – Autism Spectrum Disorders (2)
Prerequisite: CD 667.
Provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in assessing and managing clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs clinic)


669C. Clinical Practice With Language Delayed/Disordered Children (2)
Prerequisites: C D 483, 489; prerequisite or corequisite: C D 662 and consent of instructor.
Students provide assessment and management of preschool and school-age children with identified delays/disorders. Under supervision, the practicum includes standardized and non-standardized assessment, parent interviews and conferences, development and implementation of a management program and report writing.
Letter grade only (A-F).


669D. Clinical Practice with Voice and Oro-facial Mechanism Disorders (2)
Prerequisites: C D 489; prerequisite or corequisite: C D 664 and consent of instructor.
Student conducts therapy sessions under supervision for persons with functional and/or organic voice disorders. Practicum includes initial interviews, diagnostics, therapy program planning, counseling and report writing.
Letter grade only (A-F).


669F. Clinical Practice with Speech Motor Disorders (2)
Prerequisites: CD 489; pre- or corequisite: CD 666 and consent of instructor.
Assessment planning and management in a supervised clinical experience with persons who have speech motor disorders.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs lecture, 2 hrs clinic)


669G. Clinical Practice in Audiology (2)
Prerequisites: C D 431, 432, 440, and consent of the instructor.
Student will conduct individual and group therapy with hearing impaired clients, as well as audiological evaluation of hearing impaired persons.
Letter grade only (A-F).


669H. Clinical Practice-Special Programs (2)
Prerequisites: At least one of the C D 669A through J courses.
Specialized practice placement to obtain experience with speech, language, and hearing disorders.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. Letter grade only (A-F).


669J. Clinical Practice with Language Disordered Adults (2)
Prerequisites: C D 489; prerequisite or corequisite: C D 665 and consent of instructor.
Student conducts clinical management sessions, under supervision, for adults with neurological language disorders. Practicum includes initial interviews, assessment, management program planning, counseling and report writing, and application of research findings to the clinical process.
Letter grade only (A-F).


669L. Clinical Practice with Linguistically Different Clients (2) F, S
Prerequisites: 1) Completion of all disorder-specific graduate seminars; 2) completion of a minimum of 3 core clinics (CD 669 A-J); 3) CD 483 and 489, or equivalent as approved by the instructor) and consent of instructor.
Assessment/management of speech-language disorders in clients whose native language is different than that of the clinician. Training of bilingual interpreters.
Minimum 25 clock hours required.Letter grade only (A-F).


670. Internship in Speech and Language Pathology (5)
Prerequisites: C D 669A or C,D,F,G, and J with a GPA of 3.0.
Advanced clinical supervised practice with speech and language disordered persons in either a hospital, rehabilitation agency or speech and language center.
Letter grade only (A-F).


673. Assessment of Outer, Middle, and Inner Ears (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Advanced masking concepts, anatomy/physiology/pathology of the outer-middle-inner ears, immittance testing, calibration of immittance meters, functional hearing loss.
Letter grade only (A-F).


674. Seminar in Audiology: Current Topics in Hearing and Hearing Aid Evaluation (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Review of literature regarding contemporary topics. Focus on amplification (e.g., hearing aids), assessment and management of hearing loss in adults and children. Emphasis on student participation and collaboration. Literature review and presentation required.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).


675. Assessment of Central Auditory Nervous and Vestibular Systems (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Anatomy/ physiology/pathology of the 8th cranial nerve, vestibular system, brainstem, and central auditory system; auditory evoked potentials, calibration of auditory evoked systems, tone decay, Bekesy, SISI, ABLB, electronystagmography, functional hearing loss.
Letter grade only (A-F).


679. Practicum in Audiology (2-10)
Prerequisites: CD 431, 432, 440 or consent of instructor.
Student conducts evaluation and rehabilitation of persons with hearing disorders.
May be repeated to a maximum of 10 units. Letter grade only (A-F).


680. Internship in Audiology (5)
Prerequisites: CD 669A or B or C, 679 and 669G, or consent of the instructor.
Advanced clinical practice in audiology with hearing impaired persons in a community facility.
Letter grade only (A-F).


686A. Advanced Field Studies with Communication Handicapped (5)
Prerequisites: Passing of CBEST, completion of CD 662, 664, 665, 666 and all but one of the following: 669A, 669C, 669D, 669F, 669G, 669J.
Clinical Rehabilitation Services, Language Speech and Hearing Specialist candidates participate in supervised clinical practicum in an off-campus itinerant speech and language setting(s) for the equivalent of one semester earning 5 units of field study. Enrollment by application to the Communicative Disorders Department only.
Credit/No Credit grading only. (Fieldwork)


695. Directed Readings (1-3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Readings in communication sciences/disorders. Required of all candidates for the master’s degree not electing the thesis option.
Under special circumstances, may be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).


696. Research Methods: Applied and Basic (3)
Prerequisite: PSY 110 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Professional issues related to research and clinical settings. Application of scientific method, experimental design (group and single subject) and related statistical methods (parametric and non-parametric). Evaluate literature in the field.
(Lecture 3 hours.) Letter grade only (A-F).


697. Directed Research (1-3)
Prerequisite or corequisite: C D 696 and consent of instructor.
Independent research under supervision of a faculty member.
Letter grade only (A-F).


698. Thesis (1-4)
Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy for master’s degree.
Preparation, completion and submission of an acceptable thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master’s degree.