An introduction to the scientific study of natural language with focus on the basic concepts of phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, with subsequent attention to the applied aspects of linguistic principles.
Courses Offered in Spring 2018
An introduction to communication sciences and disorders; a survey of th bases of normal speech, language and hearing ability, major forms of communicative disorders and their treatment.
An introduction to current theories of language and an investigation of their relationship to human communication behavior. Survey of the experimental literature relating to this question.
An introduction to broad and narrow phonetic transcription, and to physiology of speech production. The primary goal of the course is to provide knowledge about phonetics and the ability to use this knowledge in an applied setting.
Anatomy, physiology, and neurology of speech mechanism.
This is a 4-credit course focusing on the biological and neurological bases of human speech production and human hearing, namely the anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the vocal/speech mechanism and the hearing mechanism.Specifically, respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, swallowing, and hearing will be highlighted. A strong understanding of normal anatomy and physiology is essential for the successful evaluation and treatment of patients with speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders.
Gross anatomy of the ear and pathways for transmission of sound energy through the peripheral and central auditory system. Causes, development and effects of pathological conditions contributing to temporary or chronic hearing impairments.
Analysis of the normal processes of speech and language development in children.
Etiology, assessment and treatment of language and phonological disorders in children.
An introduction to physiological, acoustic and perceptual phonetics; broad and narrow phonetic transcription; current models of speech production and perception.
Fundamentals of hearing, including the physics of sound, anatomy and physiology of peripheral and central auditory nervous system, psychophysical procedures used in measurement of auditory sensation and perception, and topics in psychological acoustics.
An introduction to the field of audiology. Evaluation and remediation of hearing handicaps.
The fundamental aspects of aural rehabilitation therapy for both adults and children are introduced to students. Class time will consist of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities.
The principles underlying the treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders in children and adults.
Overview of methods of empirical research used in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The course will focus on identifying, critically analyzing, and writing about empirical research.
Basic neurology as it pertains to anatomical and physiological substrates of speech and language.
Overview of cultural and linguistic diversity (CLD) in general, and the impact of CLD on communication, communication disorders, and the professional practice of Speech-Language Pathology
Etiology, diagnosis and management of cognitive problems of adults associated with aging, brain injury and degenerative conditions.
The nature of fluency disorders. Principles, methods and procedures for the clinical management of fluency disorders in children and adults.
Assessment and treatment of phonological, articulatory and resonance disorders arising from various etiologies including developmental conditions, structural abnormalities, and nervous system damage.
Overview of auditory pathologies, and their assessment and management in the medical setting.
Research findings are presented on the physical effects of aging on the auditory periphery and central nervous system, as well as the consequences of aging on behavioral and electrophysiologic measures of auditory function. Clinical implications in the effects of physiologic and cognitive aging on auditory performance will be discussed.
Seminar in Child Language Disorders
Topics include: a case study in interprofessional collaboration and decision making, professional identity (SLP, Audiology, PT, OT, Social Work, Psychologist, etc), and teamwork dynamics. Format is blended.
Advanced issues in amplification technology, prescriptive hearing aid selection, and management of amplification systems for special populations.
Advanced clinical and experimental methods of evaluating the peripheral and central auditory system using acoustic stimuli. Procedural considerations and interpretation of test results.
This course focuses on experimental design and scientific writing. We discuss basic elements in the design of empirical studies, evaluation of various types of experimental and descriptive research designs, ethics in research, and how to write up the results of a research study.