Syllabus Overview for HCD-552-DL Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech, Language and Hearing Mechanism

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

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Topics You Will Study

  • Definitions and key terminology of anatomy and physiology
  • Respiration: its function and important anatomical structures
  • Instruments used to measure respiration
  • Essential structures of phonation
  • Physiology of vocal fold vibration
  • Essential structures of articulation
  • The concept of resonance
  • How respiration, phonation and articulation contribute to speech production
  • Essential structures of mastication (chewing) and deglutition (swallowing)
  • The stages of swallowing
  • Instruments to evaluate swallowing
  • Key anatomy of the outer, middle and inner ear
  • Instruments to measure hearing
  • Major anatomy and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Organization of the human cortex
  • Function and flow of cerebrospinal fluid
  • Major structures of the brainstem, cerebellum and spinal cord
  • Functions of the brainstem and cerebellum
  • Cranial nerve names and functions as they relate to respiration, articulation, phonation and deglutition
  • Motor pathways of the brain and spinal cord

Meets ASHA Knowledge and Skill Standards for:

  • Standard IV-A: Science Background
  • Standard IV- B: Normal Communication
  • Standard IV-C: Disordered Communication

General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time

Work is organized into weekly modules that run on a Monday to Sunday basis.
All activities are fully asynchronous—there are no required meetings times.  We offer optional live office hours prior to exams via Zoom. Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the following course learning activities into your schedule:
  • Descriptive power point lectures
  • Knowledge integration and application activities
  • Interactive online learning activities
  • Weekly Interactive Online Labs and Quizzes
  • Weekly online discussion with peers and instructor
  • Three exams
Most students dedicate 8–12 hours/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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