Communicative Disorders (COMDIS)

Courses

COMDIS 540   MANUAL COMMUNICATION   1 Units

This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of manual communication systems and techniques, including finger spelling and basic signs.

COMDIS 555   LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT & DISORDERS IN CHILDREN   3 Units

This course provides an overview of oral language development and its relationship to the development of social skills, literacy and learning. Language characteristics of children with exceptional educational needs are described and strategies for improving their communication skills are discussed. Prereq: Course work in child growth and development is highly recommended.
PREREQ: RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS WITH PROFESSIONAL ED ADMISSION

COMDIS 571   INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS   3 Units

This course provides an introduction to the tasks and related competencies associated with clinical practice in speech-language pathology. Students will develop an understanding of treatment principles and clinical practice procedures, and gain an understanding of the responsibilities and professional issues associated with the practice of speech-language pathology across the lifespan. Students will obtain 25 guided observation hours.
PREREQ: CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 580   SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN   4 Units

In this course students will learn about the process and sequence of speech and language development in children from birth to school-age. Theories of language acquisition and the role of cognition, culture, context, and caregivers are discussed. Students will particpate in a community-based learning experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse preschool children.
PREREQ: EDFOUND 222, EDFOUND 230, PSYCH 331 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 585   FLUENCY DISORDERS   3 Units

This course provides for the study of the theories of the cause and onset of fluency disorders such as stuttering and cluttering. It further introduces basic clinical and experimental approaches to these disorders.
COREQ: COMDIS 460/COMDIS 660 OR DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL

COMDIS 624   COMMUNICATION DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN   3 Units

This course provides basic understanding of various communication disorders due to structural damage, including voice disorders, disfluency, cleft palate speech disorders and swallowing dysfunction. The primary focus will be symptom description, evaluation and treatment techniques of these disorders in both the pediatric and adult population.
PREREQ: COMDIS 278 AND COMDIS 240

COMDIS 626   NEURAL BASES OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE   3 Units

This course provides a basic understanding of the neuroanatomic and neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying speech and language. The primary focus of study is on normal processes and neuropathologies and how they influence cognition, communication and swallowing.
PREREQ: COMDIS 278 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 660   PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS   Repeatable   3 Units

This course offers supervised practicum experiences: observation of communicative disorders, clinical work on-campus and/or off- campus, and supervision of practitioners or students. Client availability, student level of academic and clinical training, and supervisory expertise will influence student enrollment and section assignment. This course is repeatable for as many times as needed. Graduate students must enroll every semester.

COMDIS 672   ASSESSMENT IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS   3 Units

This course introduces the theoretical and practical aspects of the assessment process in communicative disorders. The development and selection of procedures for assessing communicative disorders are reviewed and issues and methods involved in clinical decision-making are discussed using case studies and applied activities. Prereq: Consent of Instructor

COMDIS 677   DISORDERS OF SPEECH PRODUCTION   3 Units

A study of the development of normal articulation and phonology and of the etiologies, diagnosis, and treatment of articulation and phonological disorder, phonological disorder and developmental apraxia of speech.
PREREQ: COMDIS 272 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 681   SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN   3 Units

This course introduces theoretical and clinical issues in child language disorders. Principles and methods relating to the assessment and management of developmental language disorders are discussed. The development of both content knowledge and applied skills are emphasized.
PREREQ: COMDIS 380/COMDIS 580 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 682   AUDIOMETRY   3 Units

This course is designed to provide information regarding the disorders of hearing and how different auditory evaluation procedures of the auditory system aid in the identification of specific types of hearing disorders. Training in performing different audiological testing procedures is provided as well as the interpretation of auditory test results. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
PREREQ: COMDIS 240 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 683   AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION   1 Units

This course reviews current approaches to augmentative and alternative communication. Alternative methods of communication other than speech and methods for augmenting residual speech skills are discussed. The course focuses on the development of basic skills for evaluating and providing intervention programs for individuals using alternative and augmentative communication systems. Prereq: Consent of instructor.

COMDIS 684   AURAL REHABILITATION   2 Units

Aural rehabilitation is the study of the rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment. It includes the effects of hearing loss on perception, psychosocial aspects, and speech and language. Techniques for rehabilitation including amplification, counseling, speech reading, and auditory training will be emphasized.
PREREQ: COMDIS 482

COMDIS 690   WORKSHOP   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques.

COMDIS 696   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Prereq: Consent of department.

COMDIS 701   INTRODUCTION TO GRADUATE STUDIES IN CSD   3 Units

This course is designed to provide an introduction to graduate studies in communication sciences and disorders and professional practice. Students will be introduced to ASHA standards and competencies, processes/methods used in research, and application of research into evidence-based practices by engaging in critical analyses of research/cases studies, reflecting on clinical practices, and responding orally and in writing.
PREREQ: CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 710   PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS   3 Units

This course presents an overview of the professional issues and regulations impacting service delivery in speech-language pathology. This course is designed to help students develop a well-articulated theoretical and practical approach to ethical service delivery across work environments and through inter-professional practice. Special emphasis is placed on supervision as a process that involves observation, interpersonal communication, leadership, teaching, problem solving.
PREREQ: CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 711   MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS   3 Units

This course provides advanced study of basic neurological substrates associated with the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech. Training of the differential assessment and management of motor speech disorders across the lifespan, clinical experiences, and exposure to current research literature are included.
PREREQ: COMDIS 426/COMDIS 626 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 712   RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS   3 Units

A course in the methods of research in communicative disorders including the need for scientific research, the nature of scientific research, methods underlying the research process, the planning of a research paper, and considerations in interpreting research results.

COMDIS 713   LANGUAGE LEARNING DISORDERS IN SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN   3 Units

Recent research literature in language/learning disorders in school-age children is reviewed and the application of research findings to clinical practice is discussed. Language assessment and intervention methods for this population are reviewed.
PREREQ: COMDIS 380 OR COMDIS 580

COMDIS 714   SUPERVISION IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS   3 Units

This course provides an analysis of the basic concepts of supervision and competencies essential to effective supervisory performance in speech-language pathology across work settings and professional roles. Emphasis is placed on supervision as a process that involves observation, interpersonal communication, leadership, teaching, problem solving, decision making and ongoing improvement.

COMDIS 720   VOICE DISORDERS   3 Units

This course provides specialized knowledge in the areas of normal and disordered voice production with the primary focus in the physiological bases of dysphonia. Theoretical principles underlying the prevention, assessment and treatment of vocal dysfunction across the lifespan are emphasized.

COMDIS 722   LANGUAGE AND COGNITIVE DISORDERS IN ADULTS   3 Units

This course provides advanced study of neuropathologies resulting in language and/or cognitive impairment. The focus of this course is adult aphasia and dementia within a framework of the neural changes associated with aging. Course content also surveys communication disorders associated with a variety of acquired and/or neuro-degenerative conditions. In-depth training of assessment and management techniques, clinical experiences and exposure to current literature are included.
PREREQ: COMDIS 426/COMDIS 626 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 730   SWALLOWING AND DYSPHAGIA   3 Units

Course includes an in-depth study of normal and disordered swallowing with a focus on the physiological bases of dysphagia. Current research is examined relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and management of swallowing disorders across the lifespan. Prereq: Communicative Disorders major, practicing speech/language pathologists of consent of instructor.
PREREQ: COMDIS 426/COMDIS 626 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

COMDIS 764   SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN YOUNG CHILDREN   3 Units

This course reviews current theoretical and clinical issues concerning assessment and intervention of communication skills in young children. Recent research literature is reviewed and the application of research findings to clinical practice is discussed. Family-centered practice and strategies for supporting young children in inclusive environments is emphasized.

COMDIS 790   WORKSHOP   1-6 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques..

COMDIS 793   PRACTICUM: FIELD EXTERNSHIP   Repeatable   6 Units

Variable topics.

COMDIS 794   SEMINAR   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.

COMDIS 796   SPECIAL STUDIES   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

COMDIS 798   INDIVIDUAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.

COMDIS 799   THESIS RESEARCH   Repeatable   1-6 Units

Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.