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CSD Graduate Course Descriptions

​CSD 500 Introduction to Communication Disorders - 3 hours. An overview of the various disorders and current research and trends in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology.

CSD 504 Advanced Evaluation and Assessment Communicative Disorders - 3 hours. Emphasizes skills in the areas of measurement and evaluation, specification of goals and objectives, selection and development of measurement tools, delineation and execution of strategies for obtaining, analyzing, and interpreting test results for the speech-language pathologist.

CSD 509 Habilitation and Rehabilitation of the Hearing Impaired - 3 hours. Provides an overview of speech-language development characteristics of the hearing impaired child. Alternate communications will be explored.

CSD 510 Stuttering and Other Disorders of Speech Flow - 3 hours. Provides the information necessary to define and describe normal dysfluency, cluttering, and organic dysprosody and to distinguish them from stuttering.

CSD 513 Language Disorders in Adults - 3 hours. Designed to give students knowledge and skills in language dysfunction, such as in the assessment and treatment of dysphasia, the evaluation and management of dysarthria; rationale and methodology associated with group and individual counseling procedures and communication problems of the aged.

CSD 514 Audiology - 3 hours. Designed to give the student knowledge and skills in the complete auditory assessment of the peripheral mechanism, causes and characteristics of disorders of hearing, and types of remediation available.

CSD 515 Language Development – Communicative Disorders - 3 hours. The study of normal language development with special emphasis on development of phonological, syntactic, and semantic systems in children.

CSD 516 Advanced Clinical Practicum - 3 semester hours. Provides the student with clinical practice and experience under the direct supervision of faculty or supervisors who hold the CCC from the American Speech-Language-and-Hearing Association (ASHA).

CSD 520 Language Disorders in Children - 3 hours. Exploration of the nature of language disorders and their effects on the total child.

CSD 522 Voice Disorders - 3 hours. Designed to promote understanding of the etiology, diagnosis, and intervention strategies/treatment of voice disorders.

CSD 525 Case Management in Speech-Language Pathology - 3 hours. This course is designed as an extension of a student’s experience at the graduate level into the speech clinic and/or real world job site.  Students refine listening skills, counseling and psychotherapy techniques and examine the role of the SLP in assisting clients through grieving processes.  Application techniques are taught to assist in programming for a variety of communication problems.  Behavior therapy to modify speech behaviors of individuals with communication problems will be discussed.

CSD 534 Articulation and Developmental Phonological Disorders - 3 hours. Provides the student with theoretical and practical knowledge in the nature and etiology of articulation and developmental phonological disorders, as well as current assessment instruments and intervention strategies.

CSD 538 Neuroanatomy - 3 hours.  Provides an overview of neuroanatomical structure, identification of the parts of the central nervous system, an understanding of brain circulation, composition of neurotissue, and anatomy and physiology of the spinal cord and nerves.

CSD 539 Craniofacial Anomalies - 3 hours.  The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of problems in speech and voice production which are associated with abnormalities of the oro-facial development; upper respiratory functions; their relation to speech and voice production; identification of abnormal function and its affect on speech pathology assessment and treatment.  Observation of a qualified clinician in diagnosis and remediation will be required.

CSD 544 Motor Speech Disorders - 3 hours. An advanced study of the symptoms and treatments associated with motor speech disorders. This course is designed to provide the student with a background in basic neuroanatomy and functional neurology so that the student will be able to utilize most effectively the therapeutic approaches that have been developed to provide appropriate intervention for individuals that have experienced neurologically related disorders. This course will also focus on the treatment and scope of practice associated with these disorders.

CSD 545 Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders - 3 hours. An advanced study of the symptoms and treatments associated with Dysphagia (swallowing disorders). This course is designed to provide the student with a background in basic neuroanatomy and functional neurology so that they will be able to utilize most effectively the therapeutic approaches that have been developed to provide appropriate intervention for individuals that have experienced neurologically related disorders. This course will also focus on the treatment and scope or practice associated with swallowing disorders in children and adults. This course will include a survey of the research literature, current management trends and professional and health care industry standards utilized in the rehabilitation of patients within the medical setting.

CSD 550 Seminar in CSD - 3 hours. This course involves the discussion of current trends and topics in the field of communicative sciences and disorders. Topics will include, but are not limited to pharmacology, genetics, developmental coordination disorder (DCD), brain-based learning, and nonverbal learning disabilities (NLDs).

CSD 598 Research Methodology in Communication Disorders - 3 hours. Designed to provide an introduction to the conceptual framework of research, and research designs. The primary objective is an understanding of research methods to facilitate interpretation, evaluation, and application of research information..  The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of problems in speech and voice production which are associated with abnormalities of the oro-facial development; upper respiratory functions; their relation to speech and voice production; identification of abnormal function and its affect on speech pathology assessment and treatment.  Observation of a qualified clinician in diagnosis and remediation will be required.