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EDSL 150 (3) Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders

An orientation to a career in speech-language pathology.  An overview of the numerous speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing disorders that speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat.

EDSL 201 (3) Hearing Disorders and Measurement

In this course, students will review the anatomy of the auditory and vestibular systems and explore peripheral and central disorders which can affect hearing and balance.  Students will classify disorders of hearing by etiology, location within the auditory systems, and effect on communication.  Students will investigate the current assessments available to evaluate hearing and balance and the results provided by the assessments.

EDSL 260 (3) Diagnostics for Speech-Language Pathologists

Consideration of the general role of evaluation in speech and language therapy with intensive study of diagnostic tests and procedures used to assess communication disorders.

EDSL 320 (3) Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

Explores the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing including respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation and perception. An introduction to the central and peripheral nervous system also is provided. Enrollment restricted to students who have completed the Lower-Division General Education requirement in Life Science (B2).

EDSL 351 (3) Language Development and Assessment for Practitioners

Serves as a general introduction to the study of language acquisition and assessment. Principles of typical and atypical first and second language acquisition will be examined. Students will read and explore how theoretical viewpoints and evidence-based practice influences their approach to acquisition and assessment of typical and atypical language development. Students will gain “explicit” knowledge in language assessment and analysis techniques of natural speech.

EDSL 357 (3) The Science of Speech and Hearing

This course provides a foundation in speech science with application for research and clinical application in communication sciences and disorders. Students will learn the fundamental processes underlying the production and perception of speech and the psychological and acoustic aspects of sound and its measurement. Normal physical processes and principles underlying speech and hearing will serve as a framework for understanding abnormal functioning. Clinical applications will be used to demonstrate the importance of speech science in relation to clinical practice.

EDSL 364 (3) The Role of Cultural Diversity in Schooling

This course explores cultural and linguistic diversity as critical variables in achieving educational equity for ALL students.  Major units include intensive theoretical and practical articulation of culture and cultural pluralism; educational issues of race, class, gender, language, ethnicity, and exceptionality; social, structural, programmatic and curricular issues; and effective teaching for diverse populations.

EDSL 391 (3) Clinical Phonetics

Students learn to describe, analyze and transcribe typically produced and disordered speech sounds. The importance and application of phonetic transcription in the assessment of individuals with communication disorders is examined.  Students will learn techniques for citation and intelligibility assessment.  Knowledge of typical and disordered development is incorporated to aid in diagnostic and therapy decisions.  Students analyze child and adult speech samples to differentially diagnose articulation and phonological disorders.

EDSL 473 (3) Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders

This course will cover the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological bases of adult human communication and discuss types of brain injuries (i.e. diagnoses) that lead to acquired communication disorders in adults. The course will cover the linguistic and cognitive-communicative disorders of aphasia, right brain dysfunction, traumatic brain injury and dementia. A survey of historical and contemporary literature related to the nature of these communication disorders, including prominent theories will be covered.

EDUC 380 (3) Applications in Child and Youth Development

Considers the social, cultural, cognitive, emotional, linguistic, and behavioral development of children and adolescents from multidisciplinary, multicultural, and applied perspectives.  Students will learn major theories of development in order to apply that knowledge to their work in evidence-based services and programs for children and youth. Course includes a field experience component through which students will consider how their in-class learning is enacted in the lived experiences of children and youth. Special attention is given to identifying multicultural and sociocultural influences on development.

Math 242 (3) Introduction to Statistics

Types of data, measures of central tendency and variation, visualizing data, counting principles, standard random variables, probability, conditional probability, standard discrete probability distributions, normal probability distribution, test for normality, sampling distribution, central limit theorem, hypothesis tests for means and proportions, correlation, and regression. May include computer software such as Excel, Minitab or courseware. Credit may not be counted toward the mathematics major. Enrollment restricted to students who have completed the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement. Enrollment Requirement: MATH 115.