SPLAD CURRICULUM – Course Descriptions
SPPA234 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (3)
An introduction to the professions of Speech-Language and Audiology. This course surveys the possible etiologies and characteristics of common communication problems encountered by clinicians. Language and communication differences in a multicultural society are also examined.
SPPA250 Fieldwork (2)
Students participate in experiences in the community related to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. They also participate in discussions of procedures used by the professionals during therapeutic interventions.
SPPA270 Preclinical Observation (1)
Students observe and write reports on a total of 25 hours of therapy and/or diagnostic sessions in the areas of both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. They also participate in discussions of procedures used by the professionals during therapeutic interventions.
SPPA280 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3)
The study of the structure and function of the respiration, hearing, phonation, articulation, and central nervous systems. Students participate in a gross-anatomy human cadaver lab.
SPPA285 Applied Phonetics (3)
A study of International Phonetic Alphabet and its application to speech and hearing sciences. Includes an introduction to acoustic theory and spectrographic analysis of speech. Skill is developed in transcription of both normal and disordered speech in children and adults.
SPPA310 Speech Science (3)
An exploration of the theoretical information regarding speech perception and hearing, using concepts of physics, anatomy, and physiology. Clinical applications and management techniques for specific speech and hearing disorders will also be addressed.
SPPA321 Normal Language Development (3)
A comprehensive look at the normal development of speech and language in the child. Includes the areas of language prerequisite skills, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics.
SPPA322 Child Language Disorders (3)
A study of the factors contributing to the development of disordered speech and language, includes traditional and more recent classification systems and a survey of characteristic disorders. Introduction to methods of evaluation and therapy.
SPPA331 Basic Audiology (3)
A study of the normal auditory system and various pathologies that affect its functioning. Includes the physics of sound, standard reference levels, and auditory perception. Methods of administering and interpreting pure tone, speech threshold, and speech recognition tests are presented in classroom and lab settings.
SPPA332 Audiological Procedures (3)
Continued study of auditory testing with an overview of differential diagnostic tests in the identification of auditory pathologies. Includes clinical masking and acoustic immittance measures. Techniques are presented for evaluating special populations including infants and young children, industrial, and the pseudo-hypacusic.
SPPA340 Neuroscience of Communication (3)
An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, particularly the components that control communicative functions. Discussion of the brain’s role in human communication will prepare students for advanced study of neurogenic speech and language disorders in children and adults.
SPPA374 Articulation and Phonology: Development and Disorders (3)
A study of phonological development and an overview of normal aspects of articulation, as well as a discussion of the causes and characteristics of articulation and phonological disorders. In addition, a brief survey of assessment, and management of these disorders is included.
SPPA415 Seminar in Communication Disorders: (3)
Advanced study into professional and/or clinical aspects of Speech-Language Pathology and /or audiology. Repeatable as content changes.
SPPA425 Clinical Principles and Practice (3)
Discussion of principles underlying clinician/client relationships and interventions for communication disorders. Instruction in clinical management for speech-language pathology, including developing instructional programs, obtaining target behaviors, record keeping, and report writing.
SPPA447 Disorders of Voice and Fluency (3)
A study of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism; with emphasis on normal and abnormal processes of voice and fluency. Assessment and treatment principles of functional, organic and neurological voice pathologies will be addressed, as well as basic principles of stuttering diagnosis and therapy.
Prerequisites: SPPA 234, 280, 310
SPPA458 Aural Rehabilitation (3)
A conceptual approach to the rehabilitation of the hearing-impaired. Methods of management which optimize the use of residual hearing with amplification or other assistive devices are considered for patients from birth to geriatric.
SPPA471 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (3)
Supervised practice in clinical management of persons with communication disorders, including administration of tests and implementation of therapy programs.
SPPA472 Audiology Practicum (2)
Supervised practice in test administration, report writing, and clinical management of persons with communication disorders related to audiology.
SPPA478 Study Tour $(0)
Travel to destinations relevant to individual programs of study. Classes will be selected from department(s) offerings. Fee may be required
SPPA480 Topics in (1-2)
Selected topics in audiology and speech-language pathology. Consult current class schedule for topics offered each year. Repeatable as topics vary.
SPPA495 Independent Research/Project (3)
arranged on a contract basis with a faculty member.