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Communication Sciences and Disorders Course Descriptions

CSD 1910 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
3 credits
An introduction and overview of augmentative and alternative communication (e.g., sign language, gestures, communication boards, speech generating devices), covering terminology, application, assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: None. Offered Term III.

CSD 2100 Introduction to Communicative Disorders
3 credits
A survey of speech-language pathology and audiology for both majors and non-majors. The communicative process, both normal and disordered, is covered with emphasis on classification characteristics and etiology of disorders. Prerequisite: None. Offered Term I.

CSD 2150 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language
3 credits
A study of the anatomy and physiology of the systems of communication. Included are the structures and processes involved in respiration, phonation, articulation, resonation, and an overview of the central and peripheral nervous system. Prerequisite: None. Offered Term II.

CSD 2250 Language Development
3 credits
An overview of the development of communication skills from birth through seven years of age. Prerequisite: None. Offered Term II.

CSD 2350 Speech and Hearing Science
3 credits
This course is a foundational course in communication sciences and disorders. Students will learn about acoustics and the physics of sound, how acoustics impact a classroom and other environments, and strategies to apply cost-effective manipulations of a classroom environment to make it more acoustically friendly. This course also includes a review of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract and how speech is produced. Students will study the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, and how we perceive speech and other sounds. Students will also learn about the various decibel scales, and how to convert from one scale to another. In addition, students will learn about hearing conservation and how to measure ambient noise levels utilizing a sound level meter. Students in this course will explore the scientific foundations of sound and of communication through lecture, discussion, multimedia, and classroom demonstrations.

SPH 2320 Principles of Phonetics
3 credits
A course of study in which the theories of phonetics as a branch of linguistics are emphasized with consideration given to formation, classification, and acoustic characteristics of speech sounds. The use of International Phonetic Alphabet is an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: SPH 2100 and SPH 2250 or permission of the instructor. Offered Term I.

CSD 2700 Introduction to Audiology 
3 credits
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of audiologic diagnostic assessment. Students will learn the basic principles of assessment as well as information on utilization and application of the cross-check principle. This course will cover topics including the utilization of pure tone audiology, speech threshold and word discrimination ability to assess functional hearing acuity. Students will also learn basic auditory pathologies and how to read and interpret audiometric test results. Students in this course will explore audiologic assessment through lecture, discussion, multimedia, and classroom demonstrations.

CSD 2900 Speech-Language Services in the Schools
3 credits
An overview of speech-language pathology services provided within the public educational system with emphasis on the impact of federal and state legislation on the education of children with disabilities. Prerequisites: SPH 2100 and EDU 1010. Offered Term III.

CSD 2920 Ethics for SLPs and Audiologists 
3 credits 
This course will introduce students to ethics and ethical decision making for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists through discussion and case studies. Students will become familiar with the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Code of Ethics and will learn several different concepts related to ethics in clinical practice and in research. Through case studies of current issues facing the Board of Ethics, students will examine ethical considerations and learn to differentiate between ethical, moral, and legal issues and decision making. 

CSD 3000 Neurogenic Disorders of Communication
3 credits
A study of various neurologically-based disorders, such as aphasia, traumatic brain injury, apraxia, dysarthria, and dysphagia, which can be acquired throughout the life span. Etiologies, differential diagnosis, impact on communication, and treatment approaches are issues to be covered. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250 and SPH 2300. Offered Term I or Term II.

CSD 3230 Diagnosis and Appraisal
3 credits
A study of the procedures involved in the evaluation of speech and language disorders in children and adults. Test administrations and report writing are integral parts of this course. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250, and SPH 2320. Offered Term I.

CSD 3500 Auditory Pathlogies 
3 credits
This course will familiarize students with the various pathologies, which affect the auditory and vestibular systems. Students will learn advanced techniques in integration and interpretation of various diagnostic tests as well as their treatment and intervention strategies. Students will gain practical application experience of acquired information through the use of case studies. Prerequisites: SPH 2100 Introduction to Communicative Disorders; SPH 2150 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech & Language; SPH 2400 Speech and Hearing Science; and SPH 2700 Introduction to Audiology.

CSD 3590 Articulation and Phonology Disorders
3 credits
A study of the etiology and nature of developmental and acquired articulation and phonology disorders, including diagnosis and therapeutic management. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250, and SPH 2320. Offered Term II.

CSD 3591 Disorders of Language
3 credits
A course focusing on factors which disrupt language or hinder language acquisition. Symptomatology, etiology, evaluation, and therapy are issues to be covered. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250, and SPH 2320. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term I.

CSD 3595 Aural Rehabilitation
3 credits
A study of the management of children and adults with hearing impairments, with emphasis on the development and maintenance of functional communication through amplification, auditory training, speech reading, and speech and language intervention. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250, SPH 2300, SPH 2320, and SPH 2600. Offered Term I and-or Term II.

CSD 3596 Stuttering
3 credits
A study of contemporary interpretation of stuttering and methods of treatment. Pertinent research and etiological theories of stuttering are considered. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250, and SPH 3590. Offered Term II alternate years.

CSD 3750 Clinical Practice in Audiology
1.5 credits
A supervised clinical experience with audiological assessment of hearing disorders. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2300, SPH 2600, and permission of instructor. Offered all terms.

CSD 3751 Clinical Practice in Speech Pathology
1.5 credits
Practical application of the theoretical knowledge of speech and language disorders to the therapeutic situation. Students work with clients under the supervision of faculty clinical supervisors. Prerequisites: SPH 2100, SPH 2150, SPH 2250, SPH 2320, and permission of instructor. Offered all terms.

CSD 4515 Student Teaching and Seminar in Speech- Language Pathology
12 credits
Students completing the Speech and Language Disabilities major are required to complete a full time 12 credit student teaching experience and attend a weekly seminar. (This also satisfies the Elmira College Career-Related Internship requirement.) During Term I or Term II of the senior year, students are placed in local educational settings under the supervision of cooperating New York State certified speech therapists. Decisions regarding admission to student teaching will be made by the Speech and Hearing faculty at the beginning of Term II of the junior year. Prerequisites: Minimal requirements for student teaching include overall grade point average of 3.000, grade point average of 3.000 in the major, satisfactory completion (i.e. grade of C- or better) of all non-elective Speech and Hearing requirements for the major, and approval by the members of the Speech and Hearing faculty. Offered Term I and Term II.

CSD 4590 Seminar in Audiology
3 credits
A concentrated study for upperclass students in one of several advanced areas in the field of audiology or related areas. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing in the major. Offered as needed.

CSD 4591 Seminar in Speech Pathology
3 credits
A concentrated study for upperclass students in one of several advanced areas in the field of speech pathology or related areas. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing in the major. Offered Term II.