Communication Sciences & Disorders Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the 2014-2016 Catalog

CD 2501 Ethnography of Communication – 3 credits

This course will examine language learning and communication within the context of a variety of cultures. Topics will include basic concepts and foundational knowledge for interacting and working with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Prerequisite: CD2525.

CD 2525 Human Communication Disorders – 3 credits

This course will provide an over view of normal and disordered communication across the lifespan.  Topics will include a basic introduction to speech-language pathology and audiology, anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, normal development of communication and swallowing, the characteristics of communication disorders in adults and children.

CD 2605 Language Development – 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of normal language development across phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic components.  Current theories and contemporary issues regarding language development from birth to adolescence will be discussed. Prerequisite: None.

CD 3250 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism – 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of the anatomical structures that support the communication and swallowing processes.  The physiology and interconnections of the respiration, phonation, articulation, resonation, neurology, hearing, and mastication/deglutition systems will be examined. Prerequisite: CD 2525 or department approval.

CD 3260 Transcription Phonetics – 3 credits

This course will provide an introduction to phonetic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet.  Students will engage in transcription of normal and disordered speech including the use of broad and narrow diacritic symbols. Students will learn about transcription of Standard English, dialects
and speech of individuals who use English as a second language. Prerequisite: CD 2525 or department approval.

CD 3350 Neural Bases of Communication – 3 credits

This course will examine the structural, functional, and organizational frameworks of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to normal and disordered speech and language processing, swallowing and cognition. Prerequisite: CD3250.

CD 3650 Introduction to Audiology – 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of the concepts and principles relevant to normal hearing processes.  Topics will include the scientific bases of communication such as acoustics, gross anatomy, physiology; theories of hearing; principles of hearing measurement; and testing and screening, as well
as the interpretation of results. Prerequisite: CD3250.

CD 4450 Clinical Management: Pediatrics – 3 credits

This course will examine the etiologies, characteristics, assessment, and intervention principles for pediatric clients with speech, language, and/or swallowing disorders. Evidence-based practice across assessment and intervention strategies for this population will be emphasized. Prerequisite:  CD2605, CD3260; CD4550 and CD4526 concurrent.

CD 4526 Clinical Observation – 1 credit

This course provides additional clinical observation experiences that complement the topics covered in CD4450 and CD4550.  Students will have the opportunity to observe individuals experiencing communication challenges in a variety of clinical settings and reflect on their observations. Prerequisite: Concurrent with CD4450 and CD4550.

CD 4550 Clinical Management:  Adults – 3 credits

This course will examine the etiologies, characteristics, assessment, and intervention principles for adult clients with known or suspected speech, language, and/or swallowing disorders.  Evidence-based practice across assessment and intervention strategies for this population will be emphasized. Prerequisite: CD3350; CD4550 and CD4526 concurrent.

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:  None.

CD 4655 Speech and Hearing Science – 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of physics and psychoacoustics of speech and hearing.  Communication processes will be considered in relation to both speech production and speech signal perception and processing.  Theory, measurement and instrumentation in studying normal aspects
of speech production and perception will be included. Prerequisite: CD3250.

CD 4661 American Sign Language II – 3 credits

This course will offer continued development in American Sign Language with emphasis on building vocabulary and developing conversational skills. Prerequisite: CD4559/6559.

CD 4960 Seminar – 3 credits

This course will emphasize the use of evidence-based research in the field of speech-language pathology. Students will complete a research project related to a clinically relevant topic of
their choice. Students will compose an annotated bibliography, a research brief, and will prepare and deliver a research presentation for the University community. Additional course activities or topics will include a service-learning project, leadership and advocacy, the role of clinical education in pre-professional development, or the development of clinical expertise. Prerequisite: Senior standing.