College of Professional and Continuing Studies
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
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College of Professional and Continuing Studies
Course Descriptions

COSD 100P
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
3 credits
This course is an introduction to the study of the grammar and sound systems of natural languages with an emphasis on English. Historical and present-day controversies on linguistic theories and the nature of language are emphasized. This class is cross-listed with PSY 273.


COSD 102P
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
3 credits
This course is an introductory survey of normal processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing. The behavioral and social consequences of communication disorders in people throughout the life span are presented. Different categories, symptoms, and causes of communication disorders are examined. The roles of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders are discussed. Preferred American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) practice patterns pertaining to a variety of professional situations are surveyed.


COSD 200P
PHONETICS
3 credits
This course involves the exploration and study of American English pronunciation through the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.). Students will be trained in transcription of English phonemes and allophones and introduced to distinctive feature analysis, phonological rules, prosodic features, and dynamics of articulation, American dialectical variants, and developmental phonology.


COSD 202P
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISMS
4 credits
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the structural organization (anatomy), function (physiology), and neural control for speech production and hearing. The course will emphasize both normal and disordered systems. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 161 and BIO 162 or BIO 164P.


COSD 203P
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
3 credits
This course explores the specific nature, sequence, and patterns of language development from birth through adolescence and its relation to other aspects of child development. Conditions that place infants and children at risk for speech and language disorders are explored. Patterns of normal language development are discussed as a guide for the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental language disorders. Prerequisite: COSD 100 or permission of instructor. This course is cross-listed with PSY 379.


COSD 211P
ACOUSTIC BASES OF SPEECH AND HEARING
3 credits
This course explores the physical characteristics of speech sounds and the psychophysical processes involved in hearing and speech perception. Sound waves, resonance, decibels, and spectrogram reading are discussed. Computer applications with practical implications are explored. Prerequisite: COSD 200.


COSD 304P
INTRODUCTION TO AUDIOLOGY
3 credits
This course is a survey of the field of audiology, including the measurement of hearing and the nature and causes of hearing impairment in infants, children, and adults. Students are introduced to strategies used by audiologists and physicians in managing hearing impairment. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: COSD 202.


COSD 306P
NEUROLOGICAL BASES OF COMMUNICATION AND BEHAVIOR
3 credits
This course is an examination of the structure (neuroanatomy), organization (neurophysiology), and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to speech, language, hearing, and cognition. Behavioral manifestations of normal and abnormal brain functioning are contrasted. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: COSD 202.


COSD 308P
CLINICAL PROCEDURES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
4 credits
This course introduces the Speech-Language-Hearing Science major to the clinical and supervisory process. Basic information regarding certification, professional standards, and ethics are discussed. Goal setting, lesson planning, methods of observing, describing and recording behavior, informal assessment, and related topics are also discussed. Behavioral observation and computer technology in the measurement and modification of speaker-listener attributes are examined. Students develop clinical writing skills appropriate to various speech-language pathology settings. This course is an introduction to the clinical practicum experience and requires observation of a wide variety of clinical cases. Prerequisites: COSD 102, COSD 200, COSD 203.


COSD 314P
DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
4 credits
This course provides the student majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Science with a framework for understanding the diagnostic process in Speech-Language Pathology. General topics in the area of diagnostics are discussed, including obtaining and interpreting assessment information. Report writing and presentation of findings are examined. Observations of diagnostic testing by an ASHA certified S.L.P. are required. Principles and procedures common to the diagnosis of most communication and swallowing disorders are considered. Assessments of culturally and linguistically different individuals are surveyed. The ASHA Code of Ethics is emphasized. Standardized testing as well as alternatives to standardized testing are explored. Prerequisite: COSD 102, COSD 200, COSD 203.

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BIO 164P
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology
4 credits
This is a Web based course designed to present the essentials of human anatomy and physiology. The cell as the fundamental unit of life is discussed and examined including structure and metabolism. The organization of cells into tissues, tissues into organs, and organs into systems ins thoroughly explored, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems are focal points of study. The course examines in depth the structure and function of five organ systems: endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune system, respiratory system, and digestive system. The course emphasizes structure and function relationships as well as the interaction among the organ systems. There will be an array of lecture and laboratory exercises involving the use of computerized data acquisition and analyses.

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