academics

Communication Disorders

Assistant Professors: P. Hanavan, K. Mahan

Communication Disorders is a pre-professional program designed to prepare students for graduate school. In most states, a Master’s degree is required to receive certification or licensure in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. The curriculum follows guidelines established by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Students are encouraged to complete a minor in a related area. See CMDS faculty for guidance.  Students with a single major should select elective course work to broaden their knowledge of the field.

Communication Disorders Major:

48 credit hours
Required Courses: 35 credit hours
CMDS 170 — Introduction to Communication Disorders (2 cr)
CMDS 201 — Language Development (3 cr)
CMDS 221 — Introduction to Audiology (3 cr)
CMDS 222 — Phonetics (3 cr)
CMDS 224 — Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation (3 cr)
CMDS 228 — Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Processes (3 cr)
CMDS 272 — Articulation and Phonological Processing Disorder (3 cr)
CMDS 274 — Speech Science I (2 cr)
CMDS 275 — Speech Science II (2 cr)
CMDS 284 — Clinical Methodologies for Communication Disorders (2 cr)
CMDS 288 — Practicum and Observation (1 cr)
CMDS 372 — Voice and Fluency Disorders (2 cr)
CMDS 376 — Language Disorders (3 cr)
CMDS 388 — Clinical Practicum (3 cr)
CMDS 488 — Advanced Clinical Practicum (TBD)

Supportive Requirements: 13 credit hours
ECON or PSYC 270 — Statistics (4 cr)
EDUC 355 — Human Relations in Education (3 cr)
NAST 320 — Native American Social Systems (3 cr)
-or- NAST 352 — History of the Lakota/Dakota
PSYC 125 — Life-Span Human Development (3 cr)

Recommended Supportive Coursework:
The following course work is strongly recommended and can generally be credited towards the ASHA requirements and the General Education Requirements at Augustana.
COMM 110 — Introduction to Communication (3 cr)
EDHH 226 — American Sign Language I (3 cr)
MATH 140 — Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr)
BIOL 110 — Biology and Human Concerns (4 cr)
–or– BIOL 120 — Biological Principles
EDUC 110 — Foundations of American Education (3 cr)
–or– PSYC 110 — Self and Others: Psychological Perspectives
–or– SOCI 110 — Contemporary Society
SOCI 350 — Research Methods (4 cr)

Communication Disorders Courses:

 

CMDS 170 — Introduction to Communication Disorders (2 credits)
This course will focus on foundations of the clinical practice of speech-language pathology and audiology, including the nature of communication disorders, program models, and professional roles. Offered Every Fall Semester.

CMDS 201 — Language Development (3 credits)
This course will include in-depth coverage of language acquisition from birth through adolescence. Special emphasis on milestones, cultural, physical, and social influences, as well as the learning process from a cognitive viewpoint for ages 1-6. Offered Every Fall Semester.

CMDS 221 — Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)
This course provides a general study of the science of hearing assessment. Instruction emphasizes: terminology, physics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism, audiologic evaluation and screening, and interpretation. Practical experience in hearing assessment is required. Cross-Listed with EDHH 221; Prerequisite CMDS 170 OR EDHH 220; Offered Every Fall Semester.

CMDS 222 — Phonetics (3 credits)
This course focuses on an understanding of the analysis and transcription of the acoustic and physiological characteristics of normal and deviant speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Development of articulation is addressed. Offered Spring Semester, Odd Years.

CMDS 224 — Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation (3 credits)
Students will study the principles and practices of aural (re)habilitation including speech, reading, auditory training, communication training, amplification, hearing assistive technologies, and cochlear implants for persons that are deaf and hard of hearing. Practical field experience is required. Cross-Listed with EDHH 224; Recommended Prerequisite CMDS 221; Offered Every Spring Semester.

CMDS 228 — Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Processes (3 credits)
This course will study the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms. Pathologies of these systems will be addressed. Prerequisite: CMDS 170; Offered Spring Semester, Even Years.

CMDS 272 — Articulation and Phonological Processing Disorders (3 credits)
The focus of this course will include the nature and development of phonology and speech in children and adults. Strategies for assessment and treatment of a variety of articulation and phonological processing disorders and cultural differences will be covered. Prerequisites: CMDS 170 and 222; Offered Spring Semester, Odd Years.

CMDS 274 — Speech Science I (2 credits)
Students will study the acoustics, neurology, and physiology relating to production and perception of spoken language. Provides a foundation for understanding the science of spoken language. Prerequisites: CMDS 170 or EDHH 220; Recommended: CMDS 228; Offered Spring Semester, Odd Years.

CMDS 275 — Speech Science II (2 credits)
An extension of Speech Science I involving a review of literature concerning clinical implications for the acoustic and physiological aspects of speech production and speech reception. Theories of speech production and speech reception, and instrumentation pertaining to the analysis of speech will be included in the course of study. Prerequisites: CMDS 274; CMDS Majors Only; Offered Fall Semester, Even Years.

CMDS 284 — Clinical Methodologies for Communication Disorders (2 credits)
Clinical methods will review basic models and concepts of clinical data collection and measurement. Treatment planning, professional writing, service delivery and supervision will be included in the course of study. Offered Spring Semester, Even Years.

CMDS 288 — Observation Practicum (1 credit)
This practicum experience requires observation and direct participation in experiences with children, adolescents, or adults with communication disorders. The practicum is recommended for sophomores. The course is completed in special needs programs and requires supervision. Grading System: S/U only. Consent of Instructor; Offered Every Interim.

CMDS 372 — Voice and Fluency Disorders (W - Area 2.1B) (2 credits)
This course is an introduction to voice and fluency disorders. It includes a survey of literature addressing current assessment and intervention approaches for children and adults, and presents symptoms, etiology, and related factors. Professional writing skills and applications are emphasized. Prerequisites: CMDS 228; Offered Fall Semester, Even Years.

CMDS 376 — Language Disorders (3 credits)
Investigation of developmental and acquired language disorders across the age continuum. Emphasis is on birth to age 18. Addresses terminology, etiology, and assessment/intervention strategies suitable for a variety of clients including multicultural populations. Prerequisites: CMDS 201 and CMDS 228; Offered Spring Semester, Even Years.

CMDS 388 — Clinical Practicum (TBD)
This course will offer students either an on- or off-campus clinical. Students will manage a small case load of clients with a variety of communication disorders or delays. Students will experience all aspects of a clinical caseload including scheduling, planning and implementing interventions, progress notes, progress reports and more. Consent of Instructor;  Offered Every Semester.

CMDS 488 — Advanced Clinical Practicum (TBD)
Required for students completing the major in an area of Communication Disorders, this course provides practical experience in educational and other settings with children with disabilities, representing the specialization of the student under the direction and supervision of qualified speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Grading System: S/U only. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor; Senior Standing; Offered Every Semester.

CMDS 395, 495 — Internship (3-6 credits)

CMDS 199, 299, 399, 499 — Independent Study (1-4 credits)
Special topics in all aspects of communication disorders. Individual work in an on-campus or an off-campus project. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.