Undergraduate Course Descriptions
COMD 108 Introduction to Communicative
Disorders (3 credits) Overview of normal speech, language, and hearing
processes; survey of disorders of communication and the profession of
COMD 260 Phonetics (3 credits)
Analysis of speech production using the International Phonetic Alphabet. Review
of phonetic principles as a foundation for understanding normal speech
production and speech differences with application of these principles to
speech-language pathology and audiology. Prereq: ComD 108 or con
reg., con instr.
COMD 264 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and
Language (3 credits) Functional anatomy and physiology of
articulatory, phonatory, respiratory and central and peripheral nervous systems
for human communication; embryological derivation of the orofacial
complex. Prereq: So st, ComD 108 or con reg.
COMD 266 Normal Language Development (3
credits) Introduction to normal language development in children from birth
through school age with focus on processes of cognitive support for language
learning, a functional model of language, and language differences in young
children. Prereq: So st.
COMD 267 Normal Development Lab (WE) (1
credit) Pre-practicum experience to become familiar with typical language
behavior of preschool children. Prereq: ComD 266 or con reg.
COMD 342 Basic Manual Communication (2
credits) Instruction and practice in the presentation of English through the
use of manual signs and finger spelling. Prereq: Cons instr.
COMD 345 Phonological and Articulation
Development and Disorders (3 credits) Normal acquisition of articulation
and phonology. Review of underlying processes of normal articulation and
phonology as a foundation for understanding basic theories and principles used
to diagnose and treat children with articulation and phonological
disorders. Prerequisite: ComD 108, 260, 264, 266, 267
COMD 351 Audiometry (4 credits) Nature and
measurement of hearing; audiometric procedures and review of specialized tests.
Three hours lec, two hrs lab per wk. Prereq: ComD 108, 260, 264,
COMD 352 Audiological
(Re)Habilitation (3 credits) Methods and procedures used in visual,
auditory, speech and language programming for the hearing impaired.
Prerequisite: ComD 351
COMD 360 Clinical Procedures (WE) (3 credits)
Principles of assessment and intervention methods for clinical management;
interviewing techniques, overview of practice settings and specialties;
practice in writing and editing clinical, diagnostic, and therapy reports.
Additional professional writing such as insurance appeals and justification of
services will also be addressed. Prereq: ComD 266, 345, 366 or concurrent
COMD 366 Language Impairments in Young
Children (3 credits) Functional approaches to the management of young language-impaired children between birth and
5 years of age, including cultural differences. Prereq: ComD 108, 260,
264, 266, 267
COMD 367 Language Programming in Educational
Settings (3 credits) Introduction to normal language development as a
foundation of understanding language delays and disorders, including the impact
of hearing loss, cultural variables, dialects, English as a second
language, and disorders related to learning, emotional, and cognitive
disabilities. Prereq: Admission to Professional Education for special
education students, elective for junior and seniors in ComD.
COMD 457 Introduction to Speech and Hearing
Science (4 credits) Acoustic and physiologic elements of speech production and perception; laboratory assessment; measurement of sound; anatomy
& physiology of the hearing mechanism; introduction to psychoacoustics.
Prereq: ComD 260, 264, 345, 351, or consent of instructor; Math 100, Physics
COMD 490 Senior Seminar (1-3 credits)
Seminar format to study topics associated with speech-language pathology
and audiology. Content will vary. Prereq: Sr st., cons
COMD 495 Clinical Practicum (WE) (2
credits) Clinical management of clients with articulation and language
disorders including clinical report writing. One enrollment period (2
credits) is required. Second semester enrollment period is optional (2
credits). Prereq: ComD 360 and 25 hours of supervised observation
COMD 499 Special Work - Upperclass
communicative disorders majors may arrange for independent study with consent
of the Chair. Credit will be based on the scope of the project.