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BS in Communication Science and Disorders Course Descriptions

CSD 240 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3 credit hours)

An introduction to the most advanced of neurological functions, human communication.  An emphasis will be placed on the knowledge of the profession and the disordered populations served by speech language pathologists and audiologists. The course will include an introductory look at the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s code of ethics and scope of practice. A total of 25 clinical observation hours (field experience) will be required for this course. 

CSD 250 Language Development (3 credit hours)

An introduction to language acquisition across the lifespan, with an emphasis on basic concepts, theories of development, and consideration of language differences in multicultural diverse populations.  Pre-requisite: CSD 240. 

CSD 262 Phonetics (3 credit hours)

A study of speech sounds and associate International Phonetic Alphabet symbol as they relate to applications to normal and disordered populations, with practical experience in transcription provided. Recommendation: Ideally this course would be taken in conjunction with Eng 306 – Linguistics.  

CSD 266 Anatomy and Physiology (3 credit hours)

A comprehensive study of the anatomical and physiological processes and their related functions for the normal development of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing.

CSD 300 Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 credit hours)

 A study of normal and disordered speech production. The course content includes the diagnosis and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders, phonological theories, phonetic characteristics, sound acquisition, and speech differences in a multicultural society. Prerequisite: CSD 262. 

CSD 354 Introduction to Clinical Practice (2 credit hours)

An introduction to clinical experience reflecting on pre-clinical expectations of various clinical settings, report and goal writing, for various communication, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Prerequisite: CSD 250 and CSD 300. 

CSD 363 Audiology (3 credit hours)

Introduction to anatomy and physiology of hearing; hearing science; pure tone audiometric test interpretation; audiogram interpretation; and the nature, degree, and prevention of hearing loss.

CSD 364 Aural Rehabilitation (3 credit hours)

A study of the development of the auditory function, auditory dysfunction, and multisensory approach to rehabilitation. Introductory knowledge of amplification and assistive listening devices. Prerequisite: CSD 363. 

CSD 370 Language Disorders (3 credit hours)

A study of language-disordered populations across the lifespan, including issues in prevention, with practical application for diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: CSD 250.  

CSD 374 Clinical Practicum I (1 credit hours)

A clinical practicum experience that enables students in the area of Speech Pathology to obtain supervised, hands-on practicum experiences in various communication, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing disorders. This clinical practicum consists of 25 contact hours within pediatric and school-based populations, monthly meetings, and outside assignments. This course is required for all CSD majors. Prerequisites: CSD 354. 

CSD 399 Independent Study (1–4 credit hours)

This elective course designates a field of study that is not part of the regular curriculum. It is generally offered based on student interests and needs. Prerequisite: Submission and approval of “Application for Admission to Independent Study.” 

CSD 415 Speech and Hearing Science (3 credit hours)

Introduction to a basic understanding of acoustics, and of the acoustics involved in speech production and speech perception processes as they relate to the anatomy and physiology of the human speech production mechanism. Prerequisite: CSD 262. 

CSD 460 Diagnostic Procedures (3 credit hours)

This course provides the basic foundations of the principles and practices commonly used by professionals in the assessment of communication, cognitive, voice, and swallowing disorders. Experience in the use of standardized and non-standardized instruments with subsequent report and goal writing will be addressed. Prerequisites: CSD 262, 266, 363, and 370. 

CSD 467 Voice and Fluency Disorders (3 credit hours)

 Introduction to voice and fluency disorders across the lifespan, including theory, anatomical and physiological basis, as well as characteristics of the various disorders.  Diagnosis and management will be included in discussion. Prerequisites: CSD 415. 

CSD 470 Neuroanatomy (3 credit hours)

The study of the structure, organization and development of the central nervous system with a detailed study of the neurology of speech, language, swallowing and cognition. Case studies will be reviewed with discussion on various diseases, illnesses and injury to the central nervous system. Prerequisites: CSD 266 and Junior/Senior status.

CSD 474 Clinical Practicum II (1 credit hours)

A clinical practicum experience required for all CSD majors that enables students in the area of Speech Pathology to obtain supervised, hands-on advanced practicum experiences in various communication, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing disorders. This practicum consists of monthly meetings, outside assignments, and 25 contact hours within more complex pediatric and geriatric populations in acute care, rehab, long-term care, and/or other clinical settings. Prerequisite: CSD 354 and 470.