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CSD 111: Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

An introduction to the scientific study of communication, the nature of communication disorders and the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. An exploration and foundation of the etiology, diagnosis and therapeutic methodology of various communication disorders across the lifespan. This introductory-level course is the foundation of all other CSD courses and may also serve as an elective course for allied health care and education majors, introducing them to the nature of communication disorders. The prerequisite for the CSD courses.

CSD 191: Acoustical Phonetics
3 CH

A study of physiology of sound production dealing with the physical properties of sounds themselves, not how they are meaningful, introducing students to the transcription of normal and disordered speech sounds following the principles of the International Phonetic Alphabet. This course presents the limitations of spelling and the relationships among the phonemes of the English language. (Can be used to satisfy IR "Choosing Depth & Diversity" science.) Offered spring of even numbered years.

CSD 193: Nature and Development of Language
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

An examination of the components of language (phonology, syntax and lexicon), the theories regarding how children develop language and the sequence of acquisition of language components. (P: CSD 111 or permission of instructor) Offered every fall.

CSD 214: Speech and Hearing Science
3 CH

The study of speech and hearing mechanisms. Major emphasis will be placed on the physiology of the normal speech and hearing mechanism, physics of sound and how they interact acoustically. (P: CSD 111 or permission of instructor) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

CSD 215: Anatomy and Physiology of the Vocal Mechanism
3 CH

The study of the structure and function of the mechanism that supports the basic functions of speech: respiration, phonation, articulation and resonance. The neuroanatomy for speech and language is examined. An introduction to the abnormalities that affect articulation and swallowing. (P: CSD 111 or permission of instructor) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

CSD 218: Sign Language I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

A presentation of different methods of sign language and their historical derivations. The students will acquire a conversational level in sign language and finger spelling. This course may also serve as an elective course for those interested in communicating with the deaf and hard of hearing.

CSD 220: Auditory Disorders
4 CH

An examination of the nature of sound and sound perception and the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism. The nature of hearing disorders, including their medical, social, psychological and education parameters will be invested. Students are introduced to basic audiometric evaluation techniques. (P: CSD 111, CSD 214, or permission of instructor) Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

CSD 318: Sign Language II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

An advancement of Sign Language I designed to further develop the students' ability to communicate more effectively through sign language. Students will gain an understanding of deaf culture and the deaf community. (P: CSD 218)

CSD 370: Communication Disorders in Adults
3 CH   /  WIC

A study of basic anatomical, physiological and neurological processes of communication and how these processes change normally with age. Students will also examine specific adult communication disorders and develop strategies to maximize communicative functioning. (P: CSD 111 or permission of the instructor) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

CSD 391: Communication Disorders in Children
4 CH   /  WIC

A study of communication disorders in children with emphasis on methods of evaluation and diagnosis. (P: CSD 111 or permission of instructor) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

CSD 395: Aural Rehabilitation
3 CH

A study of approaches to aural rehabilitation, including auditory training, speech reading and speech retraining. Students will observe and practice the clinical application of these approaches. (P: CSD 111 and CSD 214) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

CSD 420: Clinical Practicum
1-3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

An observation of diagnostic testing and therapy with communication-disordered children and adults to acquire credit for observation hours as required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students will begin by writing objectives for therapy sessions and evaluate the effectiveness of therapy. Must be a junior or senior CSD major with a 3.0 in the major. (P: CSD 111 plus successful completion of 15 CH of CSD titled coursework)

CSD 450: Current Topics in Audiology
3 CH

This capstone course will introduce students to the principles of evidence-based practice and its impact on clinical decision making in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders. Students will gain experience in problem solving, working as a team to define the hearing deficit, and developing an appropriate rehabilitation plan. Current Topics in Audiology is relevant to those pre-professional students needing to be familiar with issues in hearing disorders. (P: CSD 111, plus two of the following: CSD 214, CSD 220, CSD 395) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

CSD 460: Intergenerational Internship in Communication Sciences and Disorders
1-3 CH   /  WIC

Students will observe diagnostic testing and therapy with communication-disordered children and adults. Communication sciences and disorders early childhood and gerontology field work will provide an interactive, intergenerational partnership, fostering the quality of life throughout the lifespan for those individuals with communication disorders. This advanced-level clinical practicum course is designed to expand clinical competencies through on-site experiences at the Children's Center of Mercer County and St. Paul's. Offered every semester. (P: 111. Student will be in good academic standing with completion of at least 2 CH of CSD 420 (Clinical Practicum) and have observed a minimum of 25 hours of treatment as administered or supervised by American Speech-Language-Hearing (ASHA) speech-language pathologists/audiologists.)

CSD 471: Central Auditory Processing Disorders
1 CH

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists have critical roles in the assessment and differential diagnosis of Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). This self-study experience will introduce students to the screening, assessment and treatment of CAPD. Early detection and intervention are critical to helping at-risk youngsters succeed in the academic environment. (P: open to senior CSD majors only).

CSD 472: Emergent Literacy
1 CH

Emergent literacy knowledge paves the way for preschooler and kindergartner development of literacy skills, which include reading and spelling. Young children experiencing emergent literacy deficits may have insufficient knowledge to benefit from early reading instruction, placing them at risk in their ability to meet the academic challenges of first grade and beyond. Early detection and intervention are critical to helping at-risk youngsters succeed in the academic environment. (P: senior CSD majors only).

CSD 473: Ethical Considerations: Nutrition/End of Life
1 CH

Speech-language pathologists (SLP) have critical roles in assessing and treating individuals at the "end-of-life". Patients and families are faced with decisions regarding the withholding of hydration and nutrition. The purpose of this activity is to examine end-of-life decisions and provide practical, ethical resolutions to help caregivers work effectively with patients and families.

CSD 500: Speech Sound Disorders
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

This course is designed to give students a basic foundation in the assessment and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders in children. Students will initially learn foundation material, such as characteristics of the speech sounds of English and normal acquisition of speech production skills in childhood. Students will learn about various aspects of articulation and phonological disorders, such as variables that are associated with the disorders, the role of dialects, and the differences between the different kinds of speech production disorders. Students will learn about the different methods of assessment for the disorders. The concepts and principles of intervention will be presented, as well as specific approaches and techniques for the remediation of the disorders.

CSD 505: Neuropathology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

Course content serves as an introduction to neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to speech, language, and hearing. Pathologies of the central nervous system associated with progressive and non-progressive disorders will be examined.

CSD 510: Motor Speech and Fluency Disorders
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

The purpose of this class is to enable to student to develop an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of speech production as it relates to motor speech disorders and their treatment. Differential diagnosis will be stressed in discussion of etiology and basic characteristics of motor speech disorders across the age continuum. Secondarily, this class offers present theory, research and clinical applications in fluency disorders. Emphasis on assessment and treatment of behavioral, affective, and cognitive features of developmental stuttering across the lifespan. Consideration of cluttering, neurogenic stuttering, psychogenic stuttering

CSD 515: Clinical Practice I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

Introduction to contemporary issues of clinical practice in communication disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis on integration of previous coursework with direct clinical observations of diagnostic & treatment sessions. Introduction to clinical settings through study of current methods of standardized & non-standardized assessment procedures, client interviewing, treatment planning, clinical report writing, & implementation of treatment plans.

Furthermore, this course provides a learning community that a) integrates ideas, b) encourages cooperative endeavors, and c) respects diversity and individual worth, demonstrated in writing assignments using a culturally unbiased manner and participating in course content related to services with individuals from diverse backgrounds

CSD 520: Clinical Practice II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Continuation of active participation in clinical practice in communication disorders across the lifespan. Continued emphasis on integration of previous coursework with direct clinical observations of diagnostic & treatment sessions. Participation in a variety of clinical settings through study of current methods of standardized & non-standardized assessment procedures, client interviewing, treatment planning, clinical report writing, & implementation of treatment plans.

Furthermore, this course provides an extended learning community that a) integrates ideas, b) encourages cooperative endeavors, and c) respects diversity and individual worth, demonstrated in writing assignments using a culturally unbiased manner and participating in course content related to services with individuals from diverse backgrounds

CSD 525: Aphasia
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course familiarizes students with the structural and dynamic neuropathology of cerebral injury from cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and dementia. Identifying, evaluating, and treating constellation symptomatology of speech, language, and memory impairments are emphasized.

CSD 530: Language-Based Communication Disorders in Children
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course provides an in-depth study of theory and practice in the area communication disorders, including language, literacy, social communication, and processing disorders in the pediatric population. Specific strategies and techniques for assessment and intervention are emphasized.

CSD 540: Voice
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the processes involved in voice production as they relate to normal and disorder aspects of phonation. Emphasis will be place on developing a solid understanding of perceptual, acoustic, aerodynamic, and biomechanical perspectives on normal and disordered phonation to inform assessment and treatment.

CSD 545: Dysphagia
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course is the study of swallowing disorders in all age groups from newborns to the elderly that result from a variety of medical conditions. An in depth review of the literature will include prefeeding skills of infants as well as the disorders of deglutition and aging. Students will learn to evaluate radiographic examinations, make recommendations based on the instrumental examination, and the various types of behavioral and rehabilitation treatment for oropharyngeal dysphagia

CSD 550: Externship I
6 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Externships are designed to help students meet the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) required number of clinical hours in different practicum settings. Students will integrate previous coursework and actively participate in clinical practice in communication disorders across the lifespan. The Clinical Director is responsible for procuring appropriate placements to best match student and clinical educator needs. Students complete the required 375 clinical hours in practicum settings, which include hospitals and public schools. Requirements for students include planning and implementing diagnostic and/or treatment procedures, data collection and analysis, and clinical report writing.

CSD 551: Externship II, Medical Setting
6 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

Externships are designed to help students meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) required number of clinical hours in different practicum settings. Students will integrate previous coursework and actively participate in clinical practice in communication disorders across the lifespan. The Clinical Director is responsible for procuring appropriate placements to best match student and clinical educator needs. Students complete the required 375 clinical hours in practicum settings, which include hospitals and public schools. Requirements for students include planning and implementing diagnostic and/or treatment procedures, data collection and analysis, and clinical report writing.

CSD 560: Communication Disorders in Diverse Populations
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

The purpose of course is to demonstrate the principles of working with persons with communication disorders and their families throughout the client’s lifespan. This course will also discuss communication disorders in special populations, including individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and individuals with low-incidence populations (such as craniofacial anomalies, hearing disorders, genetic and metabolic disorders, and syndromes). This course will heighten students' awareness of issues in diversity and will also introduce students to knowledge and skills relevant to counseling and serving diverse populations across diversity dimensions, lifespan, and service settings.

CSD 565: Professional Practicum
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Issues related to employment settings, job exploration/preparation, credentialing, trends in service delivery, ethics, legal considerations, and professional advocacy in the profession of speech-language pathology will be introduced. Content is in accordance with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics, Preferred Practice Patterns and guidelines for credentialing. The graduate student taking this course will be introduced to information and resources that can be used for a professional lifetime. Professional activity, including advocacy for the profession and the clients/patients one serves, will be encouraged.

CSD 570: Research Methods in CSD
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

The primary purpose of this course is to increase knowledge and understanding of the role of research in enhancing clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Students will be exploring research design, ethics, data collection and analysis, application to evidence-based practice, and preparing a research proposal to become knowledgeable consumers and producers of research. Students will leave this course with an appreciation toward the methods of systematic inquiry that are part of both research and clinical practice, taking initial steps toward becoming well-rounded and respected clinician-investigators in the field.

CSD 574: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of information related to concepts, strategies, techniques and issues that are unique to the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Focus will include an in-depth review of the assessment process, as well as the AAC needs of individuals with developmental and acquired disabilities across the age continuum. Hands-on experience with various methods of AAC strategies and devices will provide a clearer understanding of AAC intervention.

CSD 580: Capstone in Speech-Language Pathology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

The capstone course is intended to serve as the final cumulative course in the M.S. program before graduates enter into professional practice or continue for further graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology. The student will complete a written comprehensive treatment critique that includes an extensive literature review; analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of research findings; and a discussion of the treatment methodology and functional applications. The students will write a formal paper and complete an oral presentation. In place of the treatment critique, students may complete a thesis project if they choose. Students will also present their professional portfolio with evidence to demonstrate their academic and clinical competencies achieved throughout the graduate program.