Syllabus Overview for HCD-550-DL Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

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Note:  Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders will run for 12 weeks. This course requires $25 student registration fee for membership on Master Clinician Network (MCN).

Topics You Will Study

  • General Overview of the Profession of Speech Language Pathology
  • Typical Language Acquisition and Childhood Language Impairments
  • Articulation and Phonology
  • Fluency Disorders
  • Voice and Resonance Disorders
  • Adult Language Impairments: Aphasia
  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury 
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Disorders of Swallowing
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Audiology and Hearing Impairment 

Meets ASHA Knowledge and Skill Standards for:

  • Standard IV-C for knowledge about the etiology and characteristics of communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan
  • Standard IV-D for knowledge about the prevention, assessment, and intervention of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Standard IV-E for knowledge of standards of ethical conduct
  • Standard IV-G for knowledge of contemporary professional issues in speech-language pathology
  • Standard V-C for partial completion of 25 clock hours of clinical observation

General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time

The course material is presented in content modules that are designed to stand alone. Each module is 1 week in length and will follow a general format that includes the following components:
  • Introduction
  • Weekly organizer
  • Assigned Reading
  • Presentation of content
  • Quiz
  • Supplemental readings, websites, or videos
  • Discussion board with peers and instructor
  • Clinical observation videos
  • Individual case study submission
  • Individual final project submission
Although the course is completely online and asynchronous, there are a few of opportunities to meet in small groups. The professor is readily accessible by phone and email.

Most students dedicate 10-14 hours per week to the course.

We recommend planning several 1- 2-hour study blocks throughout the week and checking into the course daily once the discussions begin. 

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.)  D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, review the D2L system recommendations.

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