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    SPAU 3000 Survey of Communication Disorders (3 credits)
    Overview of the scope of speech-language pathology/audiology practice and professions. Pediatric phonological, motor-speech, and language development and disorders; adult neurogenic communication disorders; disorders of voice, fluency, and hearing. Treatment observations.

    SPAU 3001 Development of Speech and Language (3 credits)
    Processes and products of typical language development from infancy to adulthood; the development of early communication in the context of cognitive, social, and emotional growth before and after first words, first sentences, and nascent conversations. Cultural and individual differences in language development.

    SPAU 3011 The Speech Mechanism (3 credits)
    Anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the respiratory, voice and speech mechanisms. Normal and abnormal development and function considered in relation to speech articulatory, voice and language development and performance.

    SPAU 3012 The Hearing Mechanism (3 credits)
    Anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the hearing mechanism. Normal and abnormal development and function considered in relation to speech and language development and performance and auditory function. Theories of hearing, acoustics, and psychoacoustics with consideration of underlying concepts and implications to function.

    SPAU 3015 Introduction to Speech Science (3 credits)
    Acoustical components of speech and their physiological correlates; information-bearing elements in the speech signal and their acoustic/auditory perceptual processing; theories of voice production; speech spectrography and other instrumentation as analysis tools. Prerequisites: SPAU 3001, SPAU 3112.

    SPAU 3024 Communication Disorders in Adults (3 credits)
    Language and speech disorders of adults; normal development; organic, neurological, and psychological conditions underlying disorders; diagnostic and treatment methods; field trips. Prerequisites: SPAU 3001, SPAU 3025.

    SPAU 3025 Communication Disorders in Children (3 credits)
    Etiologies and treatment of developmental language disorders, language-learning disabilities; phonological, articulation, and motor-speech disorders; disfluency, hearing loss, syndromes (including cleft palate); association of developmental disabilities (autism, cerebral palsy, and mental retardation) with speech-language delay and disorder. Prerequisites: SPAU 3001, SPAU 3012.

    SPAU 3033 Audiology I (3 credits)
    Basic audio-logic procedures, including pure tone, speech audiometry; masking; physiologic testing Iimpedance/admittance, otoacoustic emission; basic etiologies and differential diagnoses for disorders of hearing; special populations including pediatric and functional testing. Prerequisite: SPAU 3012.

    SPAU 3034 Audiology II (3 credits)
    Diagnostic aspects of audiology, stressing site-of-lesion testing, evaluation of vestibular function, advanced speech audiometry, central testing, non-organic hearing loss; evoked potential procedures, industrial audiology. Prerequisite: SPAU 3033.

    SPAU 3112 Phonetics (3 credits)
    Analysis of American English speech sounds and their variations; articulatory and physiological aspects of phonetics; acoustic phonetics and perceptual phonetics; phonetic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

    SPAU 3320 Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits)
    Types and application of amplification, auditory training, and other communication tools for the hearing-impaired; special problems of the pediatric and geriatric populations. Prerequisite: SPAU 3033.

    SPAU 3331; SPAU 3332 American Sign Language I, II (2 credits)
    Basic instruction and practice in sign language as used by the hearing-impaired and as an augmentative system to facilitate communication for other communicatively challenged individuals.

    SPAU 3940 Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders (2 credits)
    Students observe speech and language and audiological evaluations. Therapy sessions at community speech and hearing clinics. Lecture: 1 hour; observation: 30 hours. Laboratory fee: $75. Prerequisites: SPAU 3024, SPAU 3033

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