Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMDIS)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

COMDIS 210 OBSERVATION & PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

3 u

Offered on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis only. This course offers supervised observation and participation with preschoolers and individuals with communicative disorders on-campus and/or off-campus. Site availability, student level of academic and clinical performance and supervisory expertise will determine student section assignment. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 units.

Coreq: EDFOUND 243 or COMDIS 380.

COMDIS 240 HEARING AND SPEECH SCIENCE

4 u

A study of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, physical acoustics, speech production, sound perception, and basic hearing and speech instrumentation.

Prereq:PHYSCS 130 or PHYSCS 212 or PHYSCS 240 or consent of instructor.

COMDIS 270 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GI COMMUNICATION AND DISORDERS

3 u

The course provides an overview of communicative disorders across the lifespan. Topics include normal communication behavior, the causes and impact of speech, language and hearing disorders, legislation and regulations, resources, cultural and diversity issues, and the role of professionals in the identification and treatment of individuals with communicative disorders.

COMDIS 272 PHONETICS AND ITS RELATED PROCESSES

3 u

This course provides a basic understanding of phonology (the study of the structure and function of sounds in a language), articulatory, physiological and acoustic phonetics. Students are trained to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and a variety of informal protocols to record American Standard English, as well as the speech of clinically diverse populations (e.g., non-native, non-standard, multicultural speakers).

COMDIS 278 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION

3 u

This course provides a basic understanding of the structures and functions involved in normal speech and language communication in humans.

Prereq:COMDIS 270 or consent of instructor.

COMDIS 340/540 MANUAL COMMUNICATION

1 u

This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of manual communication systems and techniques, including finger spelling and basic signs.

COMDIS 351 PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION

1 u

The phonetic transcription course is an on-line course that provides students with multiple opportunities to practice transcription of single words, phrases, sentences and short conversation as well as disordered speech samples.

Prereq:COMDIS 272.

COMDIS 355/555 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

3 u

This course provides an overview of oral language development and its relationship to the development of social skills, literacy and learning. Language characteristics of children with exceptional educational needs are described and strategies for improving their communication skills are discussed.

Prereq:Restricted to students with Professional Education admission. Coursework in child growth and development is highly recommended.

COMDIS 371 INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

3 u

This course provides an introduction to the tasks and related competencies associated with clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Students will develop an understanding of treatment principles, procedures and programs used in clinical practice, and gain an understanding of the responsibilities and professional issues associated with the practice of speech-language pathology across work settings. By the end of the course the student will demonstrate knowledge of the scientific method, and treatment, management and communication skills used in the clinical and supervisory processes.

Prereq: Communicative Disorders major or consent of instructor.

COMDIS 380/580 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

4 u

In this course students will learn about the process and sequence of speech and language development in children from birth to school-age. Theories of language acquisition and the role of cognition, culture, context, and caregivers are discussed. Students will particpate in a community-based learning experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse preschool children.

Prereq: EDFOUND 222, EDFOUND 230, PSYCH 331 or consent of instructor.

COMDIS 385/585 FLUENCY DISORDERS

3 u

This course provides for the study of the theories of the cause and onset of fluency disorders such as stuttering and cluttering. It further introduces basic clinical and experimental approaches to these disorders.

Prereq:COMDIS 460/660 or departmental approval.

COMDIS 424/624 COMMUNICATION DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

3 u

This course provides basic understanding of various communication disorders due to structural damage, including voice disorders, disfluency, cleft palate speech disorders and swallowing dysfunction. The primary focus will be symptom description, evaluation and treatment techniques of these disorders in both the pediatric and adult population.

Prereq:COMDIS 278 and COMDIS 240.

COMDIS 426/626 NEURAL BASES OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

3 u

This course provides a basic understanding of the neuroanatomic and neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying speech and language. The primary focus of study is on normal processes and neuropathologies and how they influence cognition, communication and swallowing.

Prereq:COMDIS 278 or consent of instructor.

COMDIS 450 METHODS: COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

3 u

A study of procedures and materials used in the public schools by speech language pathologists. The course aids the student in the development of a workable philosophical approach for dealing with children who have communicative disorders and are attending school.

Prereq: EDFOUND 212 or EDFOUND 222 or EDFOUND 478 or PSYCH 351 Restricted to students with Professional Education admission.

COMDIS 460/660 PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

3 u

This course offers supervised practicum experiences: including observation of communicative disorders, clinical work on-campus and/or off-campus, and supervision of practitioners or students. Client availability, student level of academic and clinical training, and supervisory expertise will influence student enrollment and section assignment. This course is repeatable for as many times as needed.

Prereq:Undergraduate enrollment requires departmental approval and graduate students must enroll every semester.

COMDIS 472/672 ASSESSMENT IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS

3 u

This course introduces the theoretical and practical aspects of the assessment process in communicative disorders. The development and selection of procedures for assessing communicative disorders are reviewed and issues and methods involved in clinical decision-making are discussed using case studies and applied activities.

Coreq: COMDIS 481/681 and COMDIS 460/660 or departmental approval.

COMDIS 477/677 DISORDERS OF SPEECH PRODUCTION

3 u

A study of the development of normal articulation and phonology and of the etiologies, diagnosis, and treatment of articulation and phonological disorder, phonological disorder and developmental apraxia of speech.

Prereq: Consent of instructor.

COMDIS 481/681 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN

3 u

This course introduces theoretical and clinical issues in child language disorders. Principles and methods relating to the assessment and management of developmental language disorder are discussed. The development of both content knowledge and applied skills are emphasized.

Coreq: COMDIS 472/672 and COMDIS 460/660 or departmental approval.

COMDIS 482/682 AUDIOMETRY

3 u

This course is designed to provide information regarding the disorders of hearing and how different auditory evaluation procedures of the auditory system aid in the identification of specific types of hearing disorders. Training in performing different audiological testing procedures is provided as well as the interpretation of auditory test results.

Prereq: COMDIS 240 or consent of instructor.

COMDIS 483/683 AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION

3 u

This course reviews current approaches to augmentative and alternative communication. Alternative methods of communication other than speech and methods for augmenting residual speech skills are discussed. The course focuses on the development of basic skills for evaluating and providing intervention programs for individuals using alternative and augmentative communication systems.

COMDIS 485 SENIOR SEMINAR IN COMMUNCATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS

1 u

This seminar will provide senior Communication Sciences and Disorders majors an opportunity to reflect on their undergraduate experiences and to explore specific post-graduation plans. Students will complete a professional CV and a capstone written and oral summative presentation on a designated department senior day.

COMDIS 490/690 WORKSHOP
Repeatable
1-6 u

COMDIS 491/691 TRAVEL STUDY
Repeatable
1-3 u

COMDIS 494 SEMINAR

1-6 u

Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

COMDIS 496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES

1-3 u

Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing or consent of department chair.

COMDIS 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 u

Repeatable. Prereq: Junior standing or consent of department chair.



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