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SPA 290 Speech Improvement for the Classroom 3 cr
Survey of minor speech problems in children and adults through application of speech improvement techniques. Taught Fall and Spring Semesters.
SPA 291 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3 cr

Overview of major disorders of human communication and the role of the audiologist and speech-language pathologist in assessing and treating them. Taught Fall and Spring Semesters.

SPA 312 Fundamentals of Speech Science 3 cr
Study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism; physical properties of sound and their analysis with special emphasis on speech signals. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 313 Fundamentals of Hearing Science 3 cr
Integrated study of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, quantification of sound, sound generation, and sound transmission emphasizing the role of the auditory system in the encoding and processing of simple and complex signals. Applications will be made to the clinical practice or hearing assessment. Taught Fall Semester.
SPA 331 Normal Language Acquisition (W) 3 cr
Acquisition of communicative behavior in normal children during the first decade of life: development of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, cognition; clinical laboratory experience with young children. Prerequisite: SPA 291. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 341 Clinical Phonetics 3 cr
Transcription techniques for the analysis of speech. Includes a study of the dynamics of normal speech sound production. Prerequisite: SPA 291. Taught Fall Semester.
SPA 414 Neurobiological Bases of Human Communication 3 cr
Introduction to neuroscience and clinical neurology as they apply to the processes of normal and disordered communication. Topics include neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropathologies and neuro-rehabilitation. Prerequisites: SPA 313, 331 and 341. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 431 Introduction to Language Disorders 3 cr
A survey of language disorders in preschool and school-age children; assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: SPA 331. Taught Fall Semester.
SPA 441 Introduction to Articulation 3 cr
  and Phonological Disorders  
Study of the dynamics of disordered speech production. Techniques for the analysis and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders. Prerequisites: SPA 331 and 341. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 451 Introduction to Voice Disorders 3 cr
Study of normal voice production. Evaluation and management of voice disorders resulting from misuse of the vocal mechanism. Prerequisites: SPA 331 and 341. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 461 Introduction to Fluency Disorders (W) 3 cr
A beginning course in stuttering and related disorders, with emphasis upon symptomatology, testing, rehabilitation, and prevention. Prerequisites: SPA 331 and 341. Taught Fall Semester.
SPA 470 Introduction to Hearing Disorders 3 cr
An introduction to disorders of hearing including those of the outer, middle, and inner ear, and central auditory pathways. Etiologies of auditory and vestibular disorders found in populations of all ages. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 471 Introduction to Audiologic Assessment 3 cr
Introduction to the profession of Audiology; principals of screening; rationale and methods of tuning fork tests, basic pure-tone audiometry, basic speech audiometry, and immittance testing. Basic concepts in test interpretation and management of hearing loss. Prerequisite: SPA 470. Taught Fall Semester.
SPA 472 Introduction of Audiologic Rehabilitation 3 cr
Survey of the principals of management of children and adults with hearing loss; relevant legislation; treatment and educational options. Prerequisite: SPA 471. Taught Spring Semester.
SPA 480 Issues in Clinical Practicum (W) 3 cr
Introduction to the clinical setting; organizations and statutes that govern professional service; instrumentation, procedures and approaches to remediation. Observation of therapy and indirect participation as a clinical aide. Prerequisites: SPA 331 and 341. Taught Spring and Summer Semesters. Special fee.
SPA 490 Special Topics 1-3 cr
Topics to be determined by student need and interest. Content will vary. A subtitle identifying the topic will be entered on the student’s record. May be repeated for a total
of six credits. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
SPA 494 Directed Independent Study 1-3 cr
Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.
SPA 499 Senior Honors Project (H, W) 3-6 cr
Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will identify and carry out a research project relevant to the field of Speech Pathology and Audiology study that will lead to a formal presentation at the annual Honors Student Colloquium. The senior project will be judged and graded by three faculty members chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition and may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Prerequisites: Permission of the department chair and completion of an approved project prospectus.
SPA 510 Intro to Research Design 3 cr
A general presentation of research procedures. The student will learn to read and evaluate professional literature and develop a research prospectus.
SPA 521 Advanced Speech Science 3 cr
The study of physical and acoustic concepts involved in speech production and perception including instrumental measurement and analysis.
SPA 522 Measurement of Language 3 cr
Measurement and quantification of syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic language behavior; emphasis on assessment and analysis methodologies.
SPA 531 Advanced Language Disorders 3 cr
Clinical assessment and management of language problems in the infant-toddler population.
SPA 541 Advanced Articulation Disorders 3 cr
Advanced study of disordered speech-sound production including functional articulation disorders, phonological processing and developmental apraxia. Includes assessment and treatment.
SPA 551 Advanced Voice Disorders 3 cr
Advanced study of vocal pathology, symptomatology, etiology, and treatment.
SPA 561 Advanced Fluency Disorders 3 cr
Study of theories, research, and contemporary treatment procedures in the area of dysfluency.
SPA 565 Neuromotor Disorders of Communication 3 cr
Review of neuroanatomy and physiology, nature of neuromuscular pathologies, methods of assessment and rehabilitation of neuromotor disorders of speech production.
SPA 566 Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition 3 cr
Review of neuropsychology of communication; nature of acquired pathologies affecting central processes of language and cognition; methods of assessment and rehabilitation of acquired cognitive and linguistic disorders in children and adults.
SPA 567 Medical Speech Language Pathology 2 cr
A continuation of Acquired Disorders of Language and Cognition; medical aspects of speech-language pathology including anatomy and physiology of deglutition; nature of swallowing disorders and related diseases. Methods of assessment and remediation.
SPA 568 Cranio-Facial Anomalies 2 cr
  and Speech-Language Disorders  
Evaluation and remediation of speech-language problems associated with cleft lip/ palate and other cranio-facial differences.

SPA 570

Advanced Hearing Science 3 cr
Physical concepts related to the study of acoustics and sound measurement; anatomy and physiology of the auditory mechanism; psychoacoustics.
SPA 571 Audiologic Assessment 3 cr
Discussion of the practical and theoretical bases of the components of the diagnostic audiologic test battery including otoscopic examination, case history, pure-tone air and bone conduction testing, speech testing, and immittance testing as well as special tests for evaluating pseudohypacusis and cochlear versus retrocochlear site-of-lesion. Laboratory exercises are included to enable students to become familiar with test procedures.

SPA 572

Characteristics of Amplification Systems 3 cr
A review of electro-acoustic characteristics of amplification systems for the hearing impaired; hearing-aid standards; earmolds; hearing-aid selection and verification procedures.
SPA 573 Advanced Audiologic Rehabilitation 3 cr
Advanced study of concepts in the assessment and (re)habilitation of individuals with hearing loss. Covers the impact of hearing loss on the communication process. Also includes a discussion of educational and vocational needs of individuals with hearing loss, deaf culture, assistive devices and legislative mandates.
SPA 574 Advanced Hearing Aids 3 cr
An in-depth study of issues in the prescription and fitting of hearing aids and other amplification devices.
SPA 575 Medical Audiology 3 cr
A study of the pathology of the hearing mechanism including disease processes and pathophysiology of the peripheral and central hearing systems in humans.
SPA 576 Counseling the Hearing 3 cr
  Impaired and Their Families  
Issues specific to and techniques used when counseling patients with hearing loss and their families.
SPA 577 Evoked Potential Measures 3 cr
Study of principles and techniques of early, middle and late evoked potentials, and otoacoustic emissions assessment.
SPA 578 Pediatric Audiology 3 cr
Embryology and development of auditory physiology, development of auditory behavior, hereditary deafness, neonatal hearing screening, behavioral, physiologic and central auditory assessments, and management of hearing loss.
SPA 579 Special Procedures in Audiology 3 cr
Study of vestibular dysfunction and electronystagmography, tinnitis evaluation, industrial audiology, and forensic audiology.
SPA 585 Administration and Supervision in 3 cr
  Communication Disorders  
Topics related to administration and supervision of Communication Disorders programs: health care delivery systems, income and expenses, billing and collecting, issues in personnel selection and retention, professional relationships, professional ethics.
SPA 588 Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists 3 cr
Audiometric testing; audiogram interpretation and clinical and educational management of the hearing impaired. Not available for audiology majors.
SPA 589 Speech-Language Pathology for Audiologists 3 cr
A study of specific topics in speech-language pathology for audiology majors. Not available for speech pathology majors.
SPA 590 Directed Independent Research 1-3 cr
Independent research under the direction of a graduate faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and graduate advisor.
SPA 592 Seminar in Communication Disorders 1-3 cr
This course is designed to provide the opportunity for in-depth study of special interests. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor.
SPA 594 Directed Study 1-3 cr
Independent study under the direction of a graduate faculty member. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and graduate advisor.
SPA 595 Clinical Practicum in Audiology 1 cr
Supervised clinical experience in audiology. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor. Special fee.
SPA 596 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology 1 cr
Supervised clinical experience in speech- language pathology. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor. Special fee.
SPA 598 Clinical Externship 4 cr
Supervised clinical experience in a professional service facility. Prerequisite: Requires all course work, research, and clinical practicum preparation to be completed prior to enrollment.

SPA 599

Thesis 1-3 cr
One to three credits per semester with a maximum of three hours credit. Regular standing status required. Prerequisite: Permission of graduate advisor.

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