Communication Sciences & Disorders Graduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the 2014-2016 Catalog

CD 6009 Assessment in Pediatric Speech Sound Disorders – 1 credit

This lab experience will provide students with hands on assessment and analysis techniques across phonological characteristics of speech and opportunities for advanced examination and practice with phonetic transcription of disordered speech production. Prerequisite: CD 6110 concurrent

 CD 6110 Pediatric Speech Sound Disorders – 3 credits

This course will include a comprehensive overview of the nature of normal and disordered articulation and phonological development, as well as theories related to etiologies, descriptive characteristics, developmental norms and cultural considerations.  Students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information as it relates to clients who exhibit articulation and phonological disorders and demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based prevention, assessment, and intervention of articulation and phonological disorders. Prerequisite: none

CD 6112 Fluency Disorders – 2 credits

This course will address theories about and research related to normal and disordered fluency.  Factors which contribute to fluency disorders will be considered. Various treatment approaches to fluency will be discussed relative to the history of fluency disorders.  Formal and informal assessment methods will be highlighted for both pediatric and adult fluency clients.  Medical, behavioral, and psychological models of treatment will be included. Prerequisite: none

CD 6114 Voice and Resonance Disorders – 2 credits

This course will examine the normal and abnormal processes of voice and resonance.  It will include in depth study of assessment and treatment of functional, organic, neurogenic, and psychogenic voice disorders in pediatric and adult populations.  Experience in perceptual and instrumental analysis of voice will be included.  Treatment and counseling issues for laryngectomy and other vocal pathologies will be addressed. Prerequisite: none

CD 6116 Swallowing Disorders - 3 credits

This course will provide information about the processes involved in normal and disordered swallowing in children and adults.  It will include a review of the anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing and the anatomic and physiologic disturbances affecting deglutition, with an emphasis on radiographic and bedside diagnostic and treatment procedures. Prerequisite: none

CD 6118 Motor Speech Disorders – 3 credits

This course will focus on the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders in adults and children.  Particular emphasis will be placed on methods of evaluation and differential diagnosis of the dysarthrias and apraxias of speech leading to an enhanced understanding of the neurologic mechanisms of motor speech control.  Contemporary issues and approaches to rehabilitation and management of motor speech disorders will be emphasized. Prerequisite: none

CD 6122 Aphasia – 2 credits

This course will examine the assessment and treatment of acquired language disorders in adults.  The primary focus will be on the study of adult aphasia.  The theoretical bases of aphasia from historical and contemporary perspectives will be discussed.  Differential diagnosis in aphasia, assessment, intervention and counseling of patients will be considered with a focus on the importance of culturally related factors. Prerequisite: none

CD 6124 Cognitive Communication Disorders in Adults – 3 credits

This course will provide the student with information about the diagnosis and treatment of acquired cognitive-linguistic impairments in adults.  Right hemisphere disorders, irreversible dementia, and traumatic brain injury will be among the topics studied.  Emphasis will be on the assessment and management of individuals with both focal and diffuse brain injury.  The psychosocial impact of cognitive-linguistic impairments on the individual and the family will be considered. 

CD 6125  Assessment in Language Disorders Children Birth to Age Five – 1 credit

This lab experience will provide students with hands on practice in language analysis techniques appropriate for young children across lexical, morphological, syntactic, and pragmatic characteristics. Corequisite: CD 6126 concurrent.

CD 6126 Language Disorders Children Birth to Age 5 – 3 credits

This course will focus on early language assessment, intervention and service coordination for children with special needs ages birth to five, using a family-centered, culturally appropriate approach.  An overview of the history and legislation of early language intervention will also be provided.  The course will emphasize identification and treatment issues specific to federal laws including counseling and support for families, multicultural considerations and interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary assessment and intervention. Corequisite: CD 6127 concurrent.

CD 6128 Language Disorders School Age Children – 3 credits

This course will review contemporary literature on the language disorders of school age children and adolescents.  The students will gain knowledge of disorder descriptions, assessment techniques, intervention strategies and the interconnections between language and learning.  Discussion of literacy, the multidimensional nature of language and the use of culturally different language patterns in the classroom will also be discussed. Prerequisite: none

CD 6430 Concepts and Practices of Research – 3 credits

This course will provide students the knowledge and skills to use principles of evidence-based practice to critically evaluate and use research to improve clinical practice. In this course, the student will narrow a topic of clinical interest, develop and refine a proposed research question, and complete a literature review and methodology based on the proposed question. Prerequisite: none

CD 4559/6559 American Sign Language I – 3 credits

This course will provide an introduction to sign language including finger-spelling and basic vocabulary words. The development of American Sign Language (A.S.L.) and its application within the Deaf Community will also be explored. Students taking this class for graduate credit must complete an additional project on an accelerated level appropriate for such graduate credit. Prerequisite: CD 3250

CD 6970 Clinical Practice/Methods – 2 credits

This is the first in the sequence of clinical courses. This course will be a combination of supervised clinical practice with children with communication disorders and classroom instruction. Procedures for screening, prevention, evaluation, intervention, and collaboration with families and professionals will be emphasized in the context of ethical practice and cultural and linguistic diversity.  Emphasis will also be placed on the development of professional identity by acquiring knowledge of professional conduct, professional standards, and workplace communication skills. Principles and procedures used in evidence-based practice will be introduced. Fee.

CD 6973 Clinical Practice/Advanced Methods – 2 credits

This course is the second in the sequence of clinical courses.  It is a combination of classroom instruction and supervised clinical practice in the assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse clients.  Focus will be on the process through which new communication behaviors are introduced, sustained and generalized to other contexts.  Principles and procedures used in evidence-based practice will be reviewed and implemented. Current theories of interviewing and counseling will be introduced and applied through role-playing and discussions of clinical scenarios.  Prerequisite: CD 6970

CD 7112 Alternative and Augmentative Communication – 2 credits

This course will address theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with severe and multiple communication deficits, which require augmentative/alternative communication systems and/or adapted computer systems.  It will include discussion of the application of graphics, signs and gestural means of communication, use of aids and devices, development of interactive communication behaviors as well as the use of computer assisted communication strategies. Prerequisite: none

CD 7130 Genetic Bases of Communication Disorders – 2 credits

This course will introduce human genetics and explore the impact of chromosomal and structural anomalies on the process of communication.  Course content will include the assessment and remediation of various disorders, related to these anomalies. Prerequisite: none

CD 7135 Counseling in CSD - 2 credits
This course will explore contemporary theories of counseling, skills and techniques of counseling, and application of theories and techniques in clinical situations. 

CD 7225 Listening, Language, Literacy – 2 credits

This course will examine the relationships between language disorders in children, and learning disabilities in the literary (reading and writing) form. Class focus will also be on disorders of the listening processes, and how deficits in these areas can affect a student’s ability to perform in the areas of language and literacy acquisition. Overall, class members will be evaluating and clarifying the use of language as a platform to enhance the understanding of other subject areas, such as literacy and language. Prerequisite: none

CD 7280 Autism – 2 credits

This course will provide an overview of the characteristics and etiology of autism spectrum disorders.  Students will develop skills and strategies for communication and language assessment and intervention for this population.  Major emphasis will be placed on speech, language, communication and behavior of individuals with autism.  Guidelines for assessment and intervention will be provided, including decision-making for the selection of a communication system, functional assessment of challenging behavior and structured teaching and environmental supports for effective learning. Prerequisite: none

CD 7325 Linguistic and Cultural Issues in CSD – 2 credits

This course will provide a review of the principles underlying assessment and intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse individuals with communication disorders. Cross-cultural differences in communication styles of various cultural groups, and analysis and critical evaluation how these differences impact speech-language services are discussed. Focus is given to the utilization of a “difference versus disorders” approach when considering form, content, and use of language. Prerequisite: none

CD 7420 Research Applications in CSD I – 1 credit

This course will cover topics related to publication of research in professional journals and presentation in professional forums. A variety of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) publication venues and presentation formats will be discussed. Students will prepare the previously developed prospectus from CD 6430 to meet the standard CSD journal guidelines for publication. Prerequisite: CD 6430

CD 7430 Research Applications in CSD II – 1 credit

Students will prepare and conduct oral and poster presentations related to the topic developed in CD 6430 and CD 7420. Prerequisite: CD 7420

CD 7440 Advanced Research - 1-2 credits
This course is for second year graduate students who are working with a faculty mentor to carry
out a research project. The purpose of this course is to provide individualized instruction to support each student’s progress toward completion of a research project. Experiences may include but are not limited to: Refinement of a research question, methodology development, IRB development, data collection, analysis of results, summarizing implications of research, and disseminating results. Prerequisite: CD 6430. May be repeated.

CD 7580 Communication Disorders Acquired Head Injury – 2 credits

This course will review the current literature concerning the communicative sequelae of acquired brain injury in children and adults.  Topics will include the neuropathophysiology, epidemiology and medical aspects of brain injury.  Methods of assessment and clinical management of patients with brain injuries will be presented. Prerequisite: none

CD 7881 Normal and Disordered Aging – 2 credits

This course will examine theories, assessment, and treatment issues of language and cognitive-communication in older adults. Topics covered will include the biological, neurological, and psychological aspects; studies of language and cognition in normal aging as well as pathological changes in language and cognition of the elderly. Prerequisite: none

CD 7974 Clinical Practice/Ethics – 1 credit

This course is the third in the sequence of clinical courses.  Supervised clinical experiences will be provided with culturally and linguistically diverse client populations across the lifespan with various types and severities of communication disorders.  Classroom instruction is designed to enhance students' awareness of, and knowledge about a complexity of ethical issues in the professional practice of speech-language pathology. The course will include a weekly meeting in which students will engage in the process of ethical diagnosis and treatment issues using clinical scenarios based on individuals with communication disorders.  Fee. Prerequisite: CD 6973.

CD 7976 Clinical Practice/Professional Issues – 1 credit

This course is the fourth in the sequence of clinical courses.  Clinical experiences will be provided with culturally and linguistically diverse client populations with various types and severities of communication disorders across the lifespan. Instruction will provide an overview of the historical, legal and contemporary issues that affect the profession of speech-language pathology. It will include information on certification, specialty recognition, licensure and other forms of credentialing of speech-language pathologists. The structure and affairs of ASHA and other professional associations, scope of practice and practice policies and guidelines, and state and federal regulations and policies related to the practice of speech-language pathology will be discussed. Topics will also include ways for individuals to engage in advocacy activities and participate in their professional associations. Prerequisite: CD 7974.

CD 7977 Clinical Practice/Pathways to Professional Practice – 1 credit

This course is the fifth in the sequence of clinical courses.  Clinical experiences will continue to be provided with culturally and linguistically diverse client populations with various types and severities of communication disorders across the lifespan. Students will conduct roundtable discussions, and complete and document portfolio projects as part of the class. Students will engage in activities such as service learning projects, immersion experiences, leadership circles, Praxis preparation, grant writing, interdisciplinary contacts, and case study presentations. Career development issues will be addressed. Prerequisite: CD 7976.

CD 7981 Clinical Practice/Expanding Clinical Experiences – 1 credit

This is the sixth in the sequence of clinical courses and allows students to fulfill clinical experience requirements.  While providing supervised services to culturally and linguistically diverse clients with varied communication disorders, students will engage in screening/prevention/evaluation procedures, integrate/synthesize case history and evaluation information, complete oral and written reports, develop/implement intervention plans, and communicate with clients/caregivers/professionals.  Weekly on-line communication with the instructor will be required throughout the course. Prerequisite: CD 7977