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CMD100 - Survey of Speech Pathology

This is the introductory course to communication disorders and the field of speech/language pathology. (3 crs.) Fall.

CMD105 - Language and Speech Development

Emphasizes the normal development of speech, language and communication. The form and function of language are considered, i.e., phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics and pragmatics. (3 crs.) Annually.

CMD108 - Nature of Language

This is a course about both the history and current use of language. A major focus of this course is to analyze the various components of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and the written representation. The sociocultural influence (dialects, accents) of language is also discussed. A comparison is made between human and animal languages. Lastly, language function is compared with brain structure. (3 crs.) Annually.

CMD203 - Phonetics

Introduces practical phonology and phonetics as they apply to the communicative process. The student is required to learn and use the International Phonetic Alphabet. (3 crs.) Annually.

CMD216 - Articulation

This course will provide the student with traditional views toward articulation disorders and their assessment and treatment. Current management and assessment procedures will be presented. Prerequisite: CMD 203. (3 crs.) Alternate years.

CMD220 - Communication Across the Lifespan

Through lecture, reading and direct observations, students will learn about the normal development of communication across the lifespan. They will also learn about the abnormalities that occur at specific stages of life. Subjects are arranged chronologically throughout the course so that the first unit addresses prenatal life; the second unit, birth; ending with the elderly. (4 crs.) Annually

CMD221 - Speech Science

An introductory course in speech science: the study of the physical characteristics of speech, its perception, and its production. (3 crs.) Annually.

CMD300 - Speech Pathology I

This Web class provides students with introductory knowledge of speech and language disorders in children. Students will become familiar with the principles and procedures used in the assessment and management of speech and language difficulties associated with autism, developmental delay cerebral palsy, intellectual delay and traumatic brain injury. (3 crs). Annually

CMD301 - Speech Pathology II

Primary emphasis is placed on having the student become familiar with several of the major speech and language disorders in adults. Students will become familiar with the principles and procedures used in the assessment and management of speech and language disorders associated with dementia, traumatic brain injury, stuttering, learning disabilities, and stroke (aphasia, apraxia, and dysarthria). (3 crs.) Annually

CMD305 - Introduction to Audiology

The course will provide the student with an understanding of the genetic and disease processes producing hearing loss in children and adults and the procedures used to assess hearing loss and rehabilitate persons with hearing impairment. (3 crs.) Annually.

CMD306 - Acoustics/Psychoacoustics

This is a course which addresses the dual topic of acoustics and psychoacoustics. Sound perception (how sound is processed by the brain) is specifically addressed. This course would appeal to communication disorder majors or students in other majors who are interested in sound. (3 crs.)

CMD310 - Anatomy and Physiology

A deep understanding of the structure and function of the human body is critical to the individual who plans to teach, treat professionally or train others. This course addresses both normal and abnormal human anatomy and physiology, and relates variances to disorders and disease processes. (3 crs.)

CMD320 - Assessment of Speech and Language Development

The student learns to administer, score and interpret standardized speech and language tests; perform standard protocols related to diagnosis and treatment; and write reports about diagnostic findings or clinic intervention. (3 crs.) Annual

CMD321 - Common Organic Disorders

This course offers in-depth study of several severe speech and language deficits. The populations chosen for study each term may differ. Examples of populations that have been studied in the past are cleft palate, cerebral palsy, autism, Alzheimer's disease, etc. (3 crs.)Annually.

CMD322 - Technical Writing in Health and Education

This course teaches students of the helping professions to write professional reports for both medical and educational settings. (3 crs.) Annual

CMD350 - Sign Language & Braille I

This is a course about the various communication codes or languages used (a) by the Deaf (i.e., finger spelling and American Sign Language), (b) the Blind (i.e., Braille) and (c) the deaf-blind (finger Braille). A major focus of this course is to develop the ability to communicate with these three populations by learning and using (a) finger spelling, (b) a minimum of 500 signs, (c) Braille code and (d) finger Braille. Within each of these codes, the student analyzes the various components of language: letter representations, word choices, grammars and conversational strategies. There are two main points of focus in this class: First, to help the student understand that the Deaf and the Blind are very specific subcultures that each hold their own language or code, beliefs, customs, arts, history and folklore. Secondly, to help the student recognize that American Sign Language is a legitimate language, having its own vocabulary, grammar, syntax and pragmatics. This course is for the student who wants to learn entry-level sign language and entry-level Braille. (3 crs.)

CMD352 - Sign Language & Braille II

This is the only CMD course that is not required of CMD majors. Learn intermediate American Sign Language in large group and small group practices. Learn about the Deaf culture. Learn to read and produce Braille using both a brailler and a hand slate. Prerequisite: CMD 350 or former class work or documented experience using American Sign Language. (3 crs.) Offered annually.

CMD400 - Clinical Practicum

Provides the student clinician with a variety of therapeutic and evaluation experiences with children or adults having speech, language, or hearing disorders. Prerequisites: A GPA of 3.00 is absolutely required in order to enroll. Repeatable class. Plan to take it for 1 credit in each of the first three years (either fall or spring) and for 3 credits in your senior year. The first three experiences will be in the Speech and Hearing Clinic with individual clients, and the senior-year experience will be in our CMD preschool. Prerequisite: A 3.00 GPA is absolutely required. (1-3 crs.) Fall and spring.

CMD450 - Introduction to Clinical Procedures

In this course the CMD student will learn about clinical procedures (both diagnostic and therapeutic) used by certified speech language pathologists in a variety of settings, including but not limited to, schools, hospitals, rehab centers and private practice. Prerequisite: CMD 100 (3 crs.)