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Communication Sciences and Disorders Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

CMSD 030

Introduction to Communication    1.0 Fa/Spr
Sciences and Disorders

Students will gain an overall view of the field, competencies to be acquired, work sites, need for professionals, professional organizations, requirements for professional certificates, etc. The course gives the students the opportunity to meet and question the university faculty, visiting faculty, area professionals, and students in Speech Pathology and Audiology. The presentations include lectures, interviews, general discussions, and films. Formerly SPPA 030.

CMSD 040

Language and Culture of Deaf Americans    4.0 Fall

Using a conversational approach, this course will provide students with a foundation of expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language. Cultural aspects of the deaf community, such as history, language arts, and pragmatics will be explored. Additionally, lectures will provide information on hearing loss and comparison of sign language systems. 3.0 hours discussion, 2.0 hours activity. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly SPPA 040.

CMSD 098

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 098A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Formerly SPPA 098.

CMSD 120

Survey of Communication Disorders    3.0 Fall

A survey of the normal processes of communication and of the disorders associated with parameters of communication (i.e., articulation, language, voice, fluency, and audition). The course will also include an overview of the professional aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology. Formerly SPPA 120.

CMSD 130

Communication Disorders I    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMSD 163.

Description and remedial techniques for the following organic disorders: cleft palate, laryngeal, articulation (apraxia, dysarthria), cerebral palsy, and aphasia. The relationships among the various disorders, with attention to multi-handicapped individuals will be studied. In addition, the available services from related fields will be examined. Formerly SPPA 130.

CMSD 131

Communication Disorders II    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 120, CMSD 162, CMSD 190.

Lecture and discussion of the nature, cause, and treatment of the non-organic disorders of articulation, voice, and fluency. Formerly SPPA 131.

CMSD 146A

Beginning Signed English and Fingerspelling    3.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to a system of manual communication using the word order and meaning of spoken English. The course will offer a comparison of other sign systems and enable the student to communicate with deaf individuals. Formerly SPPA 146A.

CMSD 146B

Intermediate Signed English    3.0 Spring
and Fingerspelling

Translation and improved manual communication skills. In addition to skill development, the students will increase their repertoire of specialized teaching techniques. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 146B.

CMSD 146C

American Sign Language 1    3.0 Fall

The student will acquire a basic understanding of the language of the deaf and their culture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 146C.

CMSD 146D

Intermediate American Sign Language    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 146C or faculty permission.

This intermediate level American Sign Language course is taught using a conversational approach, adopted from the nationally recognized Signing Naturally curriculum. Nearly the entire course is conducted in sign, with the exception of some lectures presented with voice on cultural aspects of the Deaf community. From this course students will acquire knowledge about cultural and linguistic aspects of deafness and ASL, as well as attain receptive and expressive skills which will enable them to communicate with individuals using ASL. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 146D.

CMSD 162

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech    3.0 Fall

The student will be provided with an understanding of the gross anatomy and physiology of respiration, phonation, articulation, and audition. An introduction to the central and peripheral nervous systems is also provided. Formerly SPPA 162.

CMSD 163

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Speech    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 120, CMSD 162, CMSD 190.

The student will be provided with an understanding of the acoustic attributes of speech and the basic principles of psychoacoustics, physics, and speech perception. Formerly SPPA 163.

CMSD 189

Clinical Practicum    2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Majors only senior year; CMSD 130; CMSD 131; CMSD 162; CMSD 235; CMSD 270;

Supervised experience in speech, language, or hearing rehabilitation in various language, or hearing rehabilitation in various clinical settings. Weekly group meetings will be scheduled. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly SPPA 189.

CMSD 190

Phonetics    3.0 Fall

The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), with emphasis on training students to transcribe speech accurately using the IPA. Students will also develop an understanding of phonetic theory and principles. 2.0 hours lecture, 1.0 hour discussion. ABC/no credit grading only. Formerly SPPA 190.

CMSD 198

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 198A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Formerly SPPA 198.

CMSD 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly SPPA 199.

CMSD 235

Diagnostic Methods in    3.0 Fall
Speech-Language Pathology

Prerequisites: CMSD 131, CMSD 251.

Basic diagnostic procedures for formal and informal evaluation of communicative disorders. Use of formal diagnostic instruments and informal observations will be considered. Formerly SPPA 235.

CMSD 240

Audiology    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMSD 162, CMSD 163.

Educational and psychological problems of hard-of-hearing and deaf children. Anatomy, physiology, and pathology of hearing disorders; and study of techniques to evaluate hearing loss. Formerly SPPA 240.

CMSD 241

Aural Rehabilitation    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 162, CMSD 163, CMSD 240, CMSD 251.

Theories and methods of teaching speech reading, auditory training, and hearing conservation; practice in planning and presenting lessons; demonstrations. Formerly SPPA 241.

CMSD 242

Diagnostic Methods in Audiology    3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: CMSD 162.

The student will gain competencies in the clinical techniques associated with the differential diagnosis of hearing loss, including the basic information needed to administer an audiological test program in the public schools. Emphasis is given to hearing screening requirements for testing young children. 2.0 hours clinical, 2.0 hours activity. Formerly SPPA 242.

CMSD 245

Augmentative and    3.0 Spring
Alternative Communication

Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing.

Consideration of communication systems for those whose needs require alternative or augmentative strategies. Assessment of individual’s need and implementation of systems which are computer and hard-copy based. Formerly SPPA 245.

CMSD 249

Classroom Strategies for Children and    3.0 Inquire
Adolescents with Communicative Disorders

Introduction to human communication and its disorders, with emphasis on the school-aged population. This course covers classroom teachers’ responsibilities for children with communication disorders and suggestions for ways to address the needs of these children in the classroom. Formerly SPPA 249.

CMSD 251

Language Development    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 190.

Lecture and discussion of normal developmental processes associated with language acquisition. It includes genetic, cultural, and social aspects. Theories of acquisition are discussed. Formerly SPPA 251.

CMSD 252

Language Disorders    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMSD 251.

Lecture and discussion of types of language disabilities seen in children and handicapped adults. The focus of this course is remediation. Formerly SPPA 252.

CMSD 260

Communication and Aging    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing.

This course will provide students with knowledge regarding all aspects of aging individuals’ lives which impact the communication process: changes in social, economic, health, cognitive, language and speech aspects. Seminar style, presentations, lectures, guest lectures. Research-based presentations. Formerly SPPA 260.

CMSD 270

Orientation to Clinical Practicum    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 130, CMSD 131, CMSD 235, CMSD 252.

Emphasis on developing the skills that are prerequisite to clinical practice in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Lecture and discussion of assessment procedures, treatment strategies, therapy models and programs, professional requirements, report-writing techniques, clinical problem-solving, etc. Formerly SPPA 270.

CMSD 275

Computer Application in    1.0 Inquire
Speech-Language Pathology

Previous experience with computers desirable. Basic computer literacy will be taught, as well as how to use software that is currently available to speech and language specialists to help diagnose and remediate speech and language disorders of children and adults. Application of augmentative devices will also be covered. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 2.0 units. Formerly SPPA 275.

CMSD 288

Research Methods in    3.0 Spring
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CMSD 130, CMSD 235, CMSD 240, CMSD 252.

The student will gain competencies in research techniques and writing methods and styles associated with the professions of communicative disorders and sciences. Competencies acquired in this course will be applied in subsequent pre-professional and professional courses in the field. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. Formerly SPPA 288.

CMSD 297

Special Studies in    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr
Communication Sciences and Disorders

This course is a special topic offered as 297A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Formerly SPPA 297.

CMSD 298

Special Topics    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered as 298A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See The Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. Formerly SPPA 298.

GRADUATE COURSES

Prerequisite for all CMSD 300-level courses: Classified standing as a graduate student in CMSD or faculty permission.

CMSD 320

Neuroanatomy of Speech and Language    3.0 Fall

This course provides a basic knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of neurological systems involved in speech and language. Formerly SPPA 362.

CMSD 330

Disorders of Articulation and Phonology    3.0 Fall

This course will examine articulation and phonological disorders in children. Formerly SPPA 330.

CMSD 331

Disorders of Rhythm and Fluency    3.0 Spring

Study of theories, symptomatology, diagnosis, and treatment of stuttering, cluttering, and other disorders of rhythm and fluency. Formerly SPPA 331.

CMSD 332

Seminar in Communication    3.0 Spring
Sciences and Disorders

Studies of current issues, trends, and problems in speech-language pathology. Lecture/discussion and monitored student presentations. Seminar content varies. Formerly SPPA 332.

CMSD 333

Professional Aspects of    3.0 Fall
Speech-Language Pathology

Consideration of non-therapeutic aspects of the profession, with emphasis on the public school setting. The role of the professional, laws governing education of handicapped individuals, determination of caseload, organization of therapy sessions, referrals and referral sources, material and equipment selection, and professional responsibilities and ethical consideration. Thirty hours of observation and discussion are required. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity. Formerly SPPA 333.

CMSD 334

Curriculum and Methods for the    4.0 Inquire
Severely Language Delayed and Aphasic

This course reviews teaching strategies and materials that work especially well with severely language delayed and aphasic students. Subject matter content for the language arts (reading, writing, handwriting, spelling, listening, and oral language), mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, physical education, and daily living skills will be discussed. In addition, teaching strategies for the instruction of the content will be presented, practiced, and evaluated. 3.0 hours seminar, 2.0 hours activity. Formerly SPPA 334.

CMSD 335

Cleft Palate and Voice Disorders    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: CMSD 320.

Study of the etiology, symptomatology, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of communicative disorders related to cleft palate and voice disorders. Formerly SPPA 335.

CMSD 336

Neuropathologies of Language and Cognition    3.0 Spring

This course will provide an understanding of the neurological disorders of language and cognition. Formerly SPPA 336.

CMSD 339

Differential Diagnosis    3.0 Fall

Consideration of the process of differential diagnosis as it applies to assessing speech/language handicapped individuals. Models of diagnosis and steps in the process are reviewed. Formerly SPPA 339.

CMSD 340

Assessment and Management    3.0 Fall
of Auditory Disorders

Advanced level course dealing with the assessment and management of a variety of acuity-based and non-acuity-based auditory disorders. Formerly SPPA 340.

CMSD 341

Seminar in Audiology and Psychoacoustics    3.0 Inquire

Students will be given the opportunity to pursue audiological topics of personal interest in depth. Seminar content varies. Formerly SPPA 341.

CMSD 342

Neuropathologies of Swallowing and Speech    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: CMSD 320.

This course will provide an understanding of dysphagia, apraxia, and dysarthria. Formerly SPPA 342.

CMSD 344

Professional Practice of Speech-Language    3.0 Inquire
Pathology in Non-School Settings

Consideration of non-therapeutic aspects of the professions in private practice, rehabilitation center, and hospital settings. Includes ethical and legal consideration of direct, private third-party, and governmental reimbursement. Working relationships with other allied health professionals, requirements for certification, and licensure. Formerly SPPA 344.

CMSD 352

Seminar in Language Disorders    3.0 Spring

Student presentation of research papers dealing with linguistic theory and application to communicative disorders. Discussion/critique of research papers and assigned readings. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 352.

CMSD 360

Experimental Phonetics    3.0 Inquire

The student will gain competencies in analyzing, interpreting, and applying information available in the area of experimental phonetics. Formerly SPPA 360.

CMSD 361

Instrumentation    3.0 Inquire

The student will gain competencies in the areas of equipment selection, use, and configurations for the practice of speech pathology and audiology. Formerly SPPA 361.

CMSD 363

Seminar in Speech and Hearing Sciences    3.0 Inquire

The students will be given the opportunity to pursue topics of interest in the areas of speech and hearing science. Seminar content varies. Formerly SPPA 363.

CMSD 370

Supervision in Speech-Language    3.0 OddFall
Pathology: Introductory Seminar

The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth study of clinical supervision for implementation in speech-language pathology supervision. Formerly SPPA 370.

CMSD 371

Practicum in Clinical Supervision    3.0 Inquire

The purpose of this practicum is to enable students to develop competencies in clinical supervision. A minimum of 50 clock hours of experience will be accrued. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 371.

CMSD 372

Advanced Seminar in Clinical Supervision    3.0 Inquire

The purpose of this course is to provide further study of the research in supervision in speech-language pathology and to develop implementation strategies for practice based on the literature. Formerly SPPA 372.

CMSD 375

Seminar in Methods of Public School    2.0 Fa/Spr
Speech-Language Pathology

Discussion of methods and materials used in assessment and intervention and various age groups, and communicative disorder types occurring in the public schools. Shared learning regarding the public school work setting will be addressed also. Formerly SPPA 375.

CMSD 380

Clinical Practice in Audiology    1.0 Fa/Spr

The student will gain competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and referral of individuals with hearing and speech problems through supervised audiological clinic practice. Credit/no credit grading only. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 380.

CMSD 382

Practicum in    1.0 Fa/Spr
Speech-Language Pathology Diagnosis

Supervised practice in the evaluation of speech, voice, and language disorders. Synthesis of clinical test data, client counseling, preparation of evaluation reports, referral procedures, etc. Credit/no credit grading only. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 382.

CMSD 384

Advanced Clinical Practice    2.0 Fa/Spr

Supervised management (selection, diagnosis, and therapeutic intervention) of speech, language, and/or auditorily impaired individuals. Credit/no credit grading only. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Formerly SPPA 384.

CMSD 389

Internship in    1.0-8.0 Fa/Spr
Speech-Language Pathology

This course is an internship offered as 389E,J-L for 1.0 to 8.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Designed to be taken during the terminal semester of credential and/or master’s study. Supervised practicum in the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Internship settings may include public school itinerant sites; public school severe disorders of language classes; hospital clinical speech and language programs. Formerly SPPA 389.

CMSD 389E

Clinical Externship    2.0 Inquire

Supervised practicum in the diagnosis and treatment of speech language and hearing disorders. Externship experiences may include schools, hospitals, health centers or other approved settings. Credit/no credit grading only. Formerly SPPA 389E.

CMSD 398

Independent Study    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a graduate level independent study offered as 398A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take these for credit more than once; see the department for specific information. Formerly SPPA 398.

CMSD 398D

Comprehensive Examinations    1.0 Fa/Spr

Designed to be taken during the last semester of master’s study and includes a nine-hour written comprehensive examination. An oral comprehensive examination will follow if the written examination is not totally satisfactory. Formerly SPPA 398D.

CMSD 399

Master’s Study    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a master’s study offered as either a Master’s Thesis, identified as 399A-F for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively, or as a Master’s Project, identified as 399G-L,P for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Formerly SPPA 399.