Course Descriptions

Speech and Hearing Courses


Professors Emeriti: Eric Sander, Arthur H. Schwartz; Associate Professors: Monica Gordon Pershey, Amee Shah; Assistant Professor: Barbara Prakup; Term Instructor: Violet Cox; Clinic Administrator & Adjunct Faculty: Taya Neuman; Clinical Coordinators & Adjunct Faculty: Sue Ann Neff, Myrita Y. Wilhite, Therese S. Lynch.

Course Descriptions

SPH 131 Voice and Diction (3-0-3). Improvement of voice, articulation, and pronunciation through analysis of each student's speech; study of the structure and functioning of the speech mechanism; directed drills and practice. Return to top

SPH 228 Phonetics (3-0-3). Introductory course dealing with the principles of American English sounds, transcription of dialects spoken in the United States, and the use of International Phonetic Alphabet. Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPH 229 Speech and Language Development (3-0-3). Phonological, grammatical, and semantic development in the normal child. This is a course for non-majors. SPH majors should enroll in SPH 349. Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPH 231 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3-0-3). Survey of problems in speech, language, and hearing, and their effects on communication. Return to top

SPH 232 Introduction to Audiology (3-0-3). Principles of psychoacoustics and of aural anatomy, physiology, and pathology; evaluation of hearing function; social and educational consequences of hearing impairment. Return to top

SPH 241 Survey of Deaf Culture (4-0-4). This course, a study of Deaf culture and cross-cultural interactions, will address the origins of American Sign Language (ASL), the methods of communication used by those who are Deaf and Deaf/Blind, and the role of interpreters in the Deaf Community. It will also examine how persons who are Deaf navigate their world through shared customs, language, technology, attitudes, values, and more. Return to top

SPH 251 American Sign Language I (4-0-4). Introduction to basic receptive and expressive skills utilizing fingerspelling, facial expression, body language, gestures, and signs in ASL structure. Particular emphasis will be placed on principles and techniques for communicating with hearing-impaired individuals as well as signs across cultures and geographical areas. Return to top

SPH 252 American Sign Language II (4-0-4). Prerequisite: SPH 251 or permission of instructor. Development of ASL skills utilizing idioms, humor, and expression, with special focus on conversational signs; culture of deaf people in the U.S.; problem situations, ethical issues and responsibilities of interpreting will be addressed; experience with communicating with deaf individuals via guest speakers and out-of-class assignments to various local deaf organizations. Return to top

SPH 331 Psychology of Speech and Hearing (3-0-3). Introduction to psychological bases of the speech and hearing processes, consideration of psychological factors in speech and hearing problems. Return to top

SPH 335 Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders (3-0-3). Prerequisites: SPH 228, SPH 229, SPH 231. Procedures for defining, observing, and recording behavior; planning intervention objectives; managing behaviors; writing reports; and utilizing materials and equipment. Return to top

SPH 349 Speech and Language Development for Majors (3-0-3). Exploration of phonological, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic language development in typically developing children. Enrollment is limited to Speech and Hearing majors. Return to top

SPH 351 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3-0-3). Description of the anatomy of the speech and hearing mechanism with particular emphasis on its function as it serves the speech and hearing process. Return to top

SPH 353 American Sign Language III - Intermediate Level (4-0-4). Prerequisites: SPH 251 and SPH 252. Course focuses on ASL Signs, body language, and facial expressions with emphasis on more complex conversation situations. Practice at advanced beginner level. Study of fingerspelling. Return to top

SPH 431 Basic Speech-Language Disorders (4-0-4). Prerequisite: SPH 229 or SPH 349. The nature, characteristics, and clinical management of speech disorders (articulation, voice, and fluency) and language disorders in children and adults. Return to top

SPH 434 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1 credit). Prerequisite: SPH 335. Supervised clinical practice with clients who have speech disorders. May be repeated for a maximum of five credit hours. Return to top

SPH 435 Organization and Administration of a Public School Speech and Hearing Program (3-0-3). Prerequisite: SPH 335. Study of various aspects of instituting and maintaining a public-school speech-and-hearing program; special emphasis on remedial reading and learning disabilities, scheduling problems, screening and case selection, group therapy, and parent and child counseling. Return to top

SPH 438 Dialect Differences in the Schools (2-0-2). Study of certain aspects of urban language patterns with special attention to linguistic features of those persons described as culturally different; investigation and discussion of literature on oral language variations as related to listener attitudes, social and economic consequences, school success, and questions concerning approaches to the problem of speech and language specialists; analysis and evaluation of language samples. Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPH 481 Aural Rehabilitation (3-0-3). Prerequisite: SPH 232. Principles, history, and methods of teaching those with hearing impairments to integrate visual and auditory cues in the comprehension of the spoken language. Return to top

SPH 482 Audiometry (3-0-3). Prerequisite: SPH 232. Principles of air-conduction calibration, clinical procedures in pure tone audiometry impedance measurements, masking, speech audiometry, and report writing. Return to top

SPH 485 Speech and Hearing Science (3-0-3). Introduction to the study, analysis, and measurement of components and processes involved in production and reception of sound. Linguistics Studies course. Return to top

SPH 486 Clinical Practicum in Audiology (1 credit). Prerequisites: SPH 335, SPH 482. Supervised clinical practice with clients who have hearing disorders. May be repeated for a maximum of five credit hours. Return to top

SPH 489 Aural Rehabilitation Practicum (1 credit). Prerequisites: SPH 335, SPH 481. Supervised experience in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders related to hearing loss. May be repeated for a maximum of four credit hours. Return to top

SPH 495 Speech Seminar (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Course may entail a special topic seminar, a directed study, or a student-faculty collaborative project. May be repeated for credit for a total of 6 credit hours. Return to top

SPH 497 Senior Capstone Portfolio (1 credit). Prerequisites: Senior Standing and Speech and Hearing major. Student will create a portfolio in core areas of speech-language pathology. Return to top

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