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

/ The prerequisite for the CSD courses. This course is 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 will be discussed.

CSD 191: Clinical Phonetics
3 CH

A study of physiology of sound production dealing with the physical properties of sounds themselves, not how they are meaningful, introduces students to the transcription of typical 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.)

CSD 213: Nature and Development of Language
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

This course provides 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. (Prerequisites: CSD 111 or permission of instructor)

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

This course explores the structure and function of the systems responsible for speech and swallowing. Specifically, students will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, and resonatory systems. Speech and swallowing disorders will be integrated as appropriate. (Prerequisites: CSD 111 or permission of instructor)

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

This course will present the 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 for those interested in communicating with individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

CSD 220: Intro to Audiology and Auditory Disorders
3 CH

This course examines 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 educational parameters will be investigated. Students will be introduced to basic audiometric evaluation techniques. (Prerequisites: CSD 111 or permission of instructor)

CSD 314: Speech and Hearing Science
3 CH

This course presents core concepts related to physiological processes and acoustic features of speech production and perception. Emphasizes acoustic phonetics, including the physics of sound as well as inferences about voicing and resonance features of speech sounds from spectrograms. Students will learn how to use and interpret instrumentation for acoustic analysis. (Prerequisites: Must be a junior or senior CSD major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major.

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

This course is designed as an advancement of Sign Language I 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. (Prerequisite: CSD 218)

CSD 350: Communication Disorders in Children
3 CH   /  WIC

This course provides a study of communication disorders in children with emphasis on evidence-based practices of evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. (Prerequisites: CSD 111 or permission of instructor)

CSD 370: Communication Disorders in Adults
3 CH   /  WIC

This course provides 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. (Prerequisites: CSD 111 or permission of the instructor)

CSD 395: Aural Rehabilitation
3 CH

This course presents rehabilitative approaches to the management of hearing loss in children and adults. Students will observe and practice the clinical application of these approaches. (Prerequisites: CSD 111 and CSD 220)

CSD 415: Intro to Clinical Observation and Methodology
3 CH

This course provides an observation of diagnostic testing and therapy with children and adults with communication disorders to acquire the observation hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for certification. Students will also learn how to complete paperwork required to support diagnosis and treatment. (Prerequisites: Must be a junior or senior CSD major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major.)

CSD 420: Clinical Practicum
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course provides students with their first clinical experience with children and adults with communication disorders. Students will work under the supervision of program faculty to provide clinical services and complete appropriate supporting documentation. Lecture topics will reflect specific conditions of clients, allowing a deeper understanding of those medical diagnoses and communication disorders. (Prerequisites: CSD 415, Must be a junior or senior CSD major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the major.) Offered every semester.

CSD 450: Current Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders
3 CH

This undergraduate 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 communication disorders. Students will gain experience in problem solving, working as a team to define the communication deficit, and developing an appropriate evaluation and treatment plan. (Prerequisites: CSD 111, CSD 220, CSD 350, CSD 370) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

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

This course provides students the opportunity to observe and assist professionals working with children and adults with communication disorders. This internship 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. (Prerequisites: CSD 415)

CSD 470: Independent Study in Communicaiton Sciences and Disorders
Variable CH

This course provides the opportunity for students to design a reading or research project in an area of communication sciences and disorders. The project is completed under the guidance of one faculty member. Arrangements with the faculty supervisor are required prior to registration.

CSD 471: Central Auditory Processing Disorders
1 CH

This course will introduce students to the definition, controversies, and management of central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). Audiologists play a central role in screening, assessment, diagnosis, and management of individuals with CAPD. Speech-language pathologists are part of the interdisciplinary team and may be responsible for screening as well as contributing to the assessment and treatment of this complex condition. (Prerequisites: 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

This course will consider end-of-life decisions and provide practical, ethical resolutions to help caregivers work effectively with patients and families. Speech-language pathologists have critical roles in assessing and treating individuals at the end of life. Patients and families may be faced with decisions regarding the need for alternative means of hydration and nutrition due to swallow safety. (Prerequisites: senior CSD majors only).

CSD 500: Neuropathology
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

This course integrates neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to communication disorders. Pathologies of the central nervous system associated with progressive and non-progressive disorders will be examined.

CSD 510: Research Methods
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 511: Speech Sound Disorders
3 CH

This course provides information about the potential etiologies and characteristics of speech sound disorders in children and adults. Students will learn specifics about assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders across the lifespan and diverse populations. The use of evidence-based management approaches will be highlighted.

CSD 512: Language-Based Communicative Disorders in Children
3 CH

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. Assessment, treatment, and management issues with varied clinical and cultural populations will be emphasized.

CSD 515: Clinical Practice I
3 CH

This course is the first clinical practicum course in the graduate program. Contemporary issues of clinical practice in communication disorders across the lifespan and diverse populations will be addressed. Students will be introduced to clinical settings through supervised clinical experiences using current methods of standardized and non-standardized assessment procedures, client interviewing, treatment planning, clinical report writing, and development and implementation of treatment plans using best practices. Furthermore, this course provides a learning community that integrates ideas, encourages cooperative endeavors, and respects diversity and individual worth.

CSD 521: Fluency Disorders
3 CH

This course considers the characteristics and developmental patterns of the fluency disorders (i.e., developmental stuttering, neurogenic stuttering, functional speech disorder, cluttering) as well as differential diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. Intervention will include traditional methods for increasing speech fluency as well as counseling-based approaches that address affective features often present in individuals across the lifespan and diverse populations.

CSD 522: Aphasia and Cognitive-Communicative Disorders in Adults
3 CH

This course presents language and cognitive-communicative disorders that result from neurological impairment in adults. Special emphasis will be provided to the aphasias, right hemisphere impairment, traumatic brain injury, and the dementias. Etiological factors that affect varied cultural groups (e.g., hypertension, sickle cell disease, substance abuse) will be discussed. Assessment, treatment, and management issues with varied clinical and cultural populations will be emphasized.

CSD 525: Clinical Practice II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course is the second clinical practicum course in the graduate program. Contemporary issues of clinical practice in communication disorders across the lifespan and diverse populations will be further addressed. Students will continue their supervised clinical experiences using current methods of standardized and non-standardized assessment procedures, client interviewing, treatment planning, clinical report writing, and development and implementation of treatment plans using best practices. Furthermore, this course provides a learning community that integrates ideas, encourages cooperative endeavors, and respects diversity and individual worth.

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 531: Motor Speech Disorders
3 CH

This course examines the neurological bases, assessment, and treatment of the dysarthrias and apraxias of speech across the lifespan. Students will learn about etiologies commonly associated with each of the disorders and how each of the speech production systems may be affected. Evidence-based perceptual and instrumental procedures will be emphasized.

CSD 541: Dysphagia
3 CH

This course is a study of normal and abnormal swallowing function across the lifespan. Anatomical and physiological bases of swallowing disorders will be discussed. Students will learn evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches with varied clinical and cultural populations.

CSD 550: Professional Practicum
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This course presents 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. Students 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 551: Voice Disorders
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

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

CSD 555: Externship I, Pediatric-Focused
6 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This pediatric-focused externship is designed to help students meet clinical competencies and clinical hour requirements established by the American Speech- Language Hearing Association. Students will integrate previous coursework to evaluate and treat pediatric clients with communication disorders. Requirements for students include planning and implementing diagnostic and/or treatment procedures, data collection and analysis, and clinical report writing under the supervision and mentorship of a certified speech-language pathologist.

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: Externship II, Adult-Focused
6 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

This adult-focused externship is designed to help students meet clinical competencies and clinical hour requirements established by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Students will integrate previous coursework to evaluate and treat adult clients with communication disorders. Requirements for students include planning and implementing diagnostic and/or treatment procedures, data collection and analysis, and clinical report writing under the supervision and mentorship of a certified speech-language pathologist.

CSD 570: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
3 CH   /  Offered Every Summer

This course presents concepts, strategies, techniques, and issues that are unique to the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Focus will include components of AAC, assessment, and specific needs of various populations across the lifespan. Hands-on experience with various strategies and devices will provide a clearer understanding of AAC intervention.

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.