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***Not all courses are offered every semester.  For current course offerings, please refer to the Registrar's Office.

SLP 100
STUDENT SPEECH CLINIC
1, 0/0

Accent reduction services for non-native speakers of American English. 

SLP 101
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I
3, 3/0

Fundamentals of American Sign Language (ASL), including basic grammatical features, language functions, and finger spelling. Students will gain adequate receptive and expressive skills for communicating with deaf individuals using ASL. Supplemental lectures focus on issues related to deafness, deaf culture, and signed languages.

SLP 102
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II
3, 3/0

Prerequisite: SLP 101.
Continuation  of SLP 101. Students gain additional knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) and the deaf community; increases competence in ASL conversational skills. NOTE: For some majors, SLP 101 AND SLP 102 serve as a foreign language equivalent. Check with your department.

SLP 206
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
3, 3/0; SSIF

Introduction to the nature and scope of language development in children; children's acquisition of language, speech sounds, words, sentence structure, and meaning; factors that influence language development. Not open to speech-language pathology majors except by advisement.

SLP 220
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
3, 3/0; NSIF

Classification and causes of speech, language, and hearing disorders in children and adults; methods of treatment for communication disorders and suggestions for prevention; basic information on normal and abnormal speech, language, and hearing development; videotaped observation of individuals presenting various communication disorders. Not open to speech-language pathology majors except by advisement.

SLP 302
CLINICAL PHONETICS
3, 3/0

Production, acoustic analysis, and representation of American English speech sounds, including the various English dialects; application of phonetics to deviations in speech. Students will use Internation Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols to transcribe typical and atypical speech. Sophomores must obtain permission of instructor.

SLP 303
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
3, 3/0

Prerequisite: SLP 302. Corequisite: SLP 329.
Children’s acquisition of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics; structure, function of language of normal children at different levels of development; comparison and contrast of theories of language acquisition. International and cultural variations are considered.

SLP 304
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISMS
3, 3/0

Anatomy and physiology of normal speech and hearing mechanisms; possible deviations; embryonic development; neurology associated with production and reception of oral language.

SLP 305
COMMUNICATION DISORDERS I
3, 3/0

Provides students with knowledge of the scope and responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist; basic knowledge concerning etiology, assessment, and intervention techniques related to articulation, phonology, phonemic awareness in reading and writing, craniofacial anomalies, and fluency disorders, including bilingual and dialectal considerations.

SLP 314
AUDIOLOGY
3, 0/0

Corequisite: SLP 328. 
Hearing and hearing disorders for speech-language pathologists. Anatomy and physiology of the ear and pathologies of the auditory mechanism, decibel notation, and pure-tone audiometry and tympanometry.

SLP 328
AUDIOLOGY LAB
1, 0/2

Corequisite: SLP 314. 
Operation and listening check of the puretone audiometer, pure-tone air-conduction threshold testing, screening, otoscopy, tympanometry, and reporting test results.

SLP 329
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION LAB
1, 0/2

Corequisite: SLP 303. 
Observation of language used by typical children. Practice with procedures to collect and analyze typical language.

SLP 400
LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SLP 303 and 329. Elective.
Connection between language and literacy; role of the speech-language pathologist relative to working with children with language-based literacy impairments; similarities and differences between spoken and written language; linguistic components required for spoken and written literacy.

SLP 401
AURAL REHABILITATION
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SLP 302, SLP 303, SLP 314.
Effects of hearing loss on speech perception, speech production, and language development.; amplification options and intervention strategies for the hearing impaired; classroom acoustics; definition, diagnosis, and management of central auditory processing disorders.

SLP 405
COMMUNICATION DISORDERS II
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SLP 304, SLP 305, SLP 412.
Etiology, assessment, and intervention techniques related to voice disorders, developmental and acquired motor speech disorders, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dysphagia, and augmentative communication. Cultural and bilingual issues are considered.

SLP 411
LANGUAGE DIAGNOSIS AND REMEDIATION
3, 3/0

Prerequisite: SLP 303.
Introduction to childhood language disorders, including the demographics and characteristic features of language disorders. Cultural and bilingual issues are considered.

SLP 412
SPEECH ACOUSTICS AND PERCEPTION
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SLP 302, SLP 304, 314. Corequisite: SLP 428.
Study of the scientific principles underlying the physiology, acoustics, and perception of normal speech production as a basis for subsequent understanding of disordered speech. Topics include basic concepts of sound, motor and acoustic theories of speech production, speech perception, instrumentation used to measure speech processes, and application to speech pathology.

SLP 424
ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOL SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
3, 3/0

Prerequisites: SLP 305, SLP 314, SLP 405 and SLP 411.
Organization and administration of school speech-language programs, including laws and regulations, ethics, case selection, caseload, scheduling, records, and facilities.

SLP 428
ACOUSTICS LAB
1, 0/2

Corequisite: SLP 412.
Direct and guided use of special instrumentation essential to the collection, measurement, and/or analysis of the acoustic components of speech sounds. Focus areas are respiration, phonation, articulation, and resonance.

SLP 429
CLINICAL ACTIVITY
1, 0/3

Prerequisites: SLP 303, SLP 305, SLP 314.
Observation of evaluation and treatment sessions in speech-language pathology.

SLP 497
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
1-3, 0/0

This course is considered an elective and registration requires instructor permission.

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