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Course profiles are designed to help students, faculty, prospective students, alumni, and employers better understand the content of the courses in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and how courses fit together and build upon each other to create an outstanding education for our students.

SLHS 1301W - The Physics and Biology of Spoken Language

Physics and biology of spoken language, from the talker's production of sounds and words, to the transmission of sound, to the listener's perception of what was said. Computer analysis and synthesis of speech.

SLHS 1302 - Rate Your World: Quantifying Judgments of Human Behavior

Basic quantitative methods as they apply to measure human behavior. Mathematical principles applied to measuring behaviors such as rating personality/attention, evaluating infant speech perception, studying opinion polls, measuring voice/sound, quantifying speech recognition through cochlear implants. Lecture, hands-on activities.

SLHS 1401/3401 - Communication Differences and Disorders

Disorders of spoken communication, their functional effect on the quality of life for individuals with communication disorders. Intervention techniques for specific disorders of speech, language/hearing in the context of social, cultural, linguistic diversity.

SLHS 1402 - The Talking Brain

How the brain produces/understands speech/language, including various aspects of the nervous system involved in producing/understanding speech/language. Differences in brain structure/function among individuals with and without brain injury, based on scientific versus historical, mass media, and literature portrayals.

SLHS 1912 - Freshman Seminar - Music, Language, and the Brain

Designed specifically to enhance the first-year experience, freshman seminars allow first-year students to interact in a smaller setting, connect with a faculty member, and become involved in a unique area of study.

SLHS 3302 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

Gross anatomy and basic physiology of the nervous, auditory, respiratory, laryngeal, velopharyngeal, and orofacial systems with an emphasis on normal communication processes.

SLHS 3303 - Language Acquisition and Science

Survey of typical language development, major theoretical perspectives about development. Applications of current theory to the analysis of children's language.

SLHS 3304 - Phonetics

Phonetic analysis, transcription of speech. Articulatory correlates of speech sounds. Extensive practice transcribing. Emphasis on phonetic diversity among the world's languages. Non-English IPA sounds needed for special populations.

SLHS 3305W - Speech Science

Survey of theories, methods, and research in speech science. Speech acoustics, speech perception, speech production.

SLHS 3306 - Hearing Science

Theories, methods, and research in psychological/physiological acoustics. Emphasizes the relationship between physiological measures and perception. Cochlear mechanics, auditory nerve firing patterns, scaling, object perception.

SLHS 4301 - Introduction to the Neuroscience of Human Communication

Basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, especially as they relate to normal speech, language, and hearing processes.

SLHS 4402 - Assessment and Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology

Introduction to clinical methods/issues in communication disorders. Professional/legal mandates, collection/analysis of clinical data, principles/models of intervention with adults/children, clinical reporting.

SLHS 4801 - Clinical Methods in Assessing Auditory Functions and Disorders

Introduction to theory, administration, and interpretation of behavioral/physiological hearing tests for all age groups. Immittance, pure tone, speech, otoacoustic emissions, evoked potential measures. Hearing-screening protocols.

SLHS 4802 - Rehabilitative Audiology

Survey of sensory aids/methods used in rehabilitation across life span after diagnosis of hearing loss. Degree of hearing loss, developmental level, communication modalities, client/family choice, disability, cultural considerations.