Speech and Hearing Sciences

Speech and Hearing Sciences, SPHS = 0121

4010. Normal Speech and Language Development. 3 hours. Normal language development from birth through adolescence, with consideration of current theories of acquisition, pertinent research and issues related to cultural diversity. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 3020 and 3080.

4060. Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 1-3 hours. Experience in Speech and Hearing Center. Requirements: All undergraduate majors must enroll for no fewer than two separate semesters for a total minimum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisite(s): 9 hours of major courses to include SPHS 3020. Students must have and maintain a GPA of no less than 3.0 for all departmental courses 3000-level and above, a degree plan on file in SPHS and/or departmental approval. Pass/no pass only.

4090. Basic Rehabilitative Audiology. 3 hours. Methods of improving communication skills of the hearing impaired through speech and language training, amplification, speech reading, auditory training and counseling. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 3070 or equivalent.

4120. Neurological Bases of Speech and Hearing. 3 hours. Structure and function of the human nervous system as related to speech and language learning and usage. Emphasis on the reception and integration of sensation and the production of verbal and non-verbal responses. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 4130 or consent of instructor.

4130. Anatomical Bases of Speech and Hearing. 3 hours. Anatomy and physiology of the articulatory, phonatory, respiratory and auditory systems involved in speech production and perception.

4140. Introduction to Language Disorders. 3 hours. Nature, causes and characteristics of language disorders in children and adults. Principles of evaluation and remediation of language problems. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 4010 or equivalent.

4150. Speech and Hearing Sciences. 3 hours. Theories of utterance formulation, physiological production, acoustic transmission, and auditory reception, recognition of the human speech signal. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 3020, 4130, or consent of instructor.

4210. Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology. 3 hours. Introduction to the processes involved in assessment, diagnosis and remediation of speech and language disorders. Application of these processes to various work settings.

5060. Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 1-3 hours. Diagnostic and management experiences in a variety of clinical settings. Requirements: the first enrollment for students with no previous clinical practicum in the UNT Speech and Hearing Center must be in a fall or spring semester; a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in department graduate courses for subsequent enrollments. Students who enter the program with inadequate preparation for graduate clinical practicum will be required to gain experience in a SPHS 4060 enrollment. Prerequisite(s): admission to a graduate degree program in speech and hearing sciences. Pass/no pass only.

5070. Clinical Management in Communication Disorders. 1 hour. Course provides information on therapeutic management, opportunities for student to develop professional competence and skills through case staffings, interdisciplinary interactions and discussion of current trends and issues. Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in SPHS 5060.

5500. Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology I. 3 hours. Normal and pathological anatomy and physiology of deglutition; etiology and characteristics of swallowing disorders; methods of evaluation and management of dysphagia in adults and children. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 4120 or consent of instructor.

5510. Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology II. 3 hours. Pathological anatomy and physiology of head and neck; etiology and characteristics of speech and voice disorders resulting from genetic conditions or cancer of head and neck; methods of evaluation and management. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 4120 or consent of instructor.

5650. Audiologic Assessment. 3 hours. Fundamental principles and clinical application of pure tone and speech audiometry.

5660. Hearing Science. 3 hours. The physical and psychological aspects of audition.

5670. Medical Audiology. 3 hours. Functional anatomy, physiology and neurology of the hearing mechanism as applied to various pathologies and their otological management.

5680. Pediatric Audiology. 3 hours. Evaluation and management of hearing-impaired children.

5690. Hearing Aids and Other Amplification Systems. 3 hours. Physical characteristics and clinical aspects of auditory amplification for the hearing impaired.

5695. Hearing Aids II: Strategies for Selecting and Fitting Hearing Aids. 3 hours. Strategies for selection and fitting of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Special emphasis on fitting of programmable and digital instruments including real-ear measurement and computerized fitting techniques.

5700. Rehabilitative Audiology. 3 hours. The rehabilitative management of the hearing-impaired child and adult. The rehabilitative process is examined from various parameters that affect it, including language development, emotional and psychological development, and education and vocational opportunities.

5710. Community and Industrial Audiology. 3 hours. Physical, physiological and psychological effects of noise; its influence, measurement and control in society.

5730. Seminar in Audiology. 1-3 hours. Consideration of current research, clinical or professional trends, and issues in audiology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5750. Advanced Audiologic Assessment. 3 hours. Application of pure tone and speech audiometry to complex auditory problems.

5755. Neuromotor Speech Disorders. 3 hours. Study of neurologically based communication disorders such as cerebral palsy, dysarthria, apraxia and demyelinization.

5760. Electrophysiologic Assessment. 3 hours. (3;2) Electrophysiologic evaluation of the auditory and vestibular systems. Consideration of electrical potentials in the cochlea, electrical activity in the auditory nerve and brain stem, methodological considerations in studies of human evoked potentials, normal cochlear and auditory nerve responses from humans, normal brain-stem responses from humans, and clinical applications of cochlear, auditory nerve and brain-stem responses. Consideration of otacoustic emissions, ocular response to vestibular stimulation, nystagmus and clinical application of electronystagmography from humans. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 5650.

5775. Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology. 3 hours. Basic statistical measures, hypothesis formation, models, theories, experimental protocols, and designs in speech, language and hearing research. Prerequisite(s): minimum of three prior/present enrollments in SPHS 5060 or consent of instructor.

5780. Diagnostics: Speech Pathology. 3 hours. Philosophical and practical considerations of the diagnostic process: current principles, methods, techniques.

5800. Fluency Disorders. 3 hours. Theories of stuttering and allied disorders of rhythm, rate and fluency. Principles, methods and techniques of evaluation and management.

5810. Voice Disorders. 3 hours. Principles, methods and techniques of evaluation and management of voice disorders.

5820. Language Development. 3 hours. Stages of normal language acquisition in children, with consideration of current psycholinguistic theory and research issues.

5825. Phonologic and Phonetic Disorders. 3 hours. A study of literature concerning normal aspects of phonological acquisition as well as assessment and treatment issues in regard to articulatory and phonologic disorders.

5830. Language Disorders I. 3 hours. Principles, methods and techniques of evaluation and management of acquired and developmental language disorders in children from birth through five years. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 4010 and 4140, or equivalents.

5835. Language Disorders II. 3 hours. Principles, methods and techniques of evaluation and management of acquired and developmental language disorders of school age children.

5840. Language Disorders III. 3 hours. Principles, methods and techniques of evaluation and management of adults with acquired disorders such as aphasia, dementia, closed head injury, geriatric conditions, and residual effects of developmental disorders. Prerequisite(s): SPHS 4010 and 4140, or equivalent.

5870. Seminar in Speech-Language Pathology. 1-4 hours. Consideration of current research, clinical or professional trends and issues in speech-language pathology. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5900. Special Problems. 1-3 hours. For students capable of developing a problem independently through conferences and activities directed by the instructor. Problem chosen by the student with the consent of the instructor. A written description of the proposed special problem signed by the student and the instructor must be filed in the department office prior to enrollment.

5920. Research Problems in Lieu of Thesis. 1-3 hours.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

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