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Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

CSD 146 (US;IL) Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (3) Classification of speech, language, and hearing disorders, diagnostic and treatment procedures; skills and responsibilities of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist.

CSD 146 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)

CSD 146, Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (INTRO TO CSD), is a 3-credit course typically offered every semester. The course is intended as the first course for Communications Sciences and Disorders majors or for students exploring Communications Sciences and Disorders as a possible major. For Communications Sciences and Disorders majors, CSD 146 is a required course, requiring a grade of "C" or better, and should be taken during the first or second year (semester standing 1-4) since CSD 146 is a prerequisite for CSD 230, 245, 395W, 442, 444, 451, and 459W. The educational objectives of the course are to introduce students to speech, language, and hearing disorders and the professions of speech/language pathology and audiology. This is done by providing an overview of the normal aspects of speech, language, and hearing followed by an overview of speech, language, and hearing disorders with emphasis on assessment and intervention strategies. The course includes an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, physics of sound, and linguistic and psycholinguistic development. Students are required to complete several observations of speech, language, or hearing therapy or assessment in the Penn State Speech and Hearing Clinic and readings from a required text and Internet sites. Students are evaluated by three to four tests and their clinical observation reports.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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