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2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students looking for a speech communication (SPC) or communication (COM) course not listed here should refer to the Center for Written and Oral Communication. Center course listings under "W" in the course descriptions.

LIN 2210 Phonetic Theory and Transcription
Credits: 3.
An introduction to human speech production, classification, and transcription. Includes intensive training in the use of the International Phonetics Alphabet for transcribing American English.

SPA 1602 American Sign Language 1
Credits: 3.
This course and its sequel, SPA 1603, include basic vocabulary, syntax of ASL and the culture of the deaf.

SPA 1603 American Sign Language 2
Credits: 3.

SPA 1604 American Sign Language 3
Credits: 3.

SPA 2014 Forensic Applications of Speech Science
Credits: 3.
An introduction to the applications of speech science (speech articulation, acoustics) to criminal investigations and national security issues.

SPA 2024 Human Communication Dynamics
Credits: 3.
An interdisciplinary course exploring a range of dynamic interactions in human communication. Topics will include pre- and post-natal communication, development of speech, parent/child communication, vocal/nonvocal communication, noise pollution and prosthetic devices. Normal and abnormal aspects of communication processes will be covered. (S)

SPA 2109 Language Breakdown in the Brain
Credits: 3.
Introduction to brain structures as they relate to language development and use with a focus on the effects of damage or developmental anomalies in different brain areas.

SPA 3002 Survey of Communication Disorders
Credits: 3.
Basic principles of speech pathology and audiology including consideration of types of incidence, recognition and cause of speech, language and hearing disorders.

SPA 3011 Speech Acoustics
Credits: 3.
An introduction to scientific methodologies, physics of sound, acoustics and elementary instrumentation related to human speech communication.

SPA 3032 Fundamentals of Hearing
Credits: 3.
Concepts and principles relevant to the normal hearing processes: acoustics, gross anatomy, psychophysical methods and basic subjective correlates of the auditory system.

SPA 3101 Speech Anatomy and Physiology
Credits: 3.
An introduction to elementary anatomy, physiology and neurophysiology of the speaking mechanism.

SPA 4004 Language Development
Credits: 3.
Study of stages and processes of language acquisition in addition to diagnosis and treatment, and observation of language disorders in children.

SPA 4050 Clinical Observations in Speech - Language Pathology and Audiology
Credits: 2; Prereq: senior year.
Students participate in 25 hours of supervised clinical observations of diagnostic and remediation at the UF Speech and Hearing Clinic.

SPA 4104 Neural Basis of Communication
Credits: 3.
To provide students with a basic understanding of the structures and functions of the human nervous system and the neurological processes involved in communication and related functions and their disorders.

SPA 4250 Introduction to Speech Disorders
Credits: 3; Prereq: LIN 2210 and SPA 3101.
This course addresses the following speech based disorders of communication: phonology motor speech; resonatory; voice and stuttering.

SPA 4302 Audiometry and Hearing Disorders
Credits: 3; Prereq: SPA 3032.
Basic techniques in pure-tone and speech audiometry, measurements of middle-ear function and test interpretation. Supervised clinical/laboratory experience in hearing testing.

SPA 4321 Audiologic Rehabilitation
Credits: 3; Prereq: SPA 4302, or permission of instructor.
Methods in auditory training and speech reading with hearing-impaired individuals and overview of aural rehabilitation.

SPA 4402 Language Development and Disorders
Credits: 3; Prereq: SPA 4004 and SPA 4104.
This course addresses the following language based disorders of communication: specific language impairment in children; traumatic brain injury; aphasia; dementia.

SPA 4904 Individual Study
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
A project, reading or research course.

SPA 4931 Honors in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Credits: 3; Prereq: 3.2 overall GPA; 3.5 in the major and have completed (including current enrollment) 21 credits in the major.
The design, implementation and reporting of an original research project by the student.

SPA 4956 Overseas Studies
Credits: 1 to 15; can be repeated with change in topic up to 15 credits. Prereq: Permission of undergraduate adviser.
This revolving topics course provides a mechanism by which course work taken abroad as part of an approved student program can be recorded on the transcript and counted toward UF graduation.

General Education Categories
Consult Schedule of Courses for specific information.

  • Biological Sciences (B)
  • Composition (C)
  • Diversity (D)*
  • Humanities (H)
  • International (N)*
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Sciences (P)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course may be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.