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Communication Sciences and Disorders

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Brown, W.S., Jr., Chair; Sapienza, C., Associate Chair; Antonelli, P.; Blischak, D.; Carpenter, R.; Cassissi, N.J.; Collins, S.P.; Crandell, C.C.; Crary, M.A.; Fradd, S.; Gerhardt, K.J., Gonzales-Rothi, L.J.; Griffiths, S.K.; Hall, J.W.III.; Harnsbarger, J.; Henderson, L.; Holmes, A.E.; Johnson, B.W.; Kemker, F.J.; Kendall, D.L.; Kricos, P.B.; leGrand, H.; Logan, K.J.; Lombardino, L.J.; Rosenbek, J.C.; Rothman, H.B.; Shrivastav, R.; Stevens, J.; Vinson, B.P.; Wharton, P.; Williams, W.N.; Undergraduate Coordinator: H.B. Rothman; Graduate Coordinator: S.K. Griffiths

Students looking for a speech communication (SPC) or communication (COM) course not listed here should refer to the Center for Written and Oral Communication. (This section can be found under "W".)

LIN 2210 Phonetic Theory and Transcription.

Credits: 4.

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 1612 American Sign Language 1.

Credits: 4.

This course and its sequel, SPA 1613, include basic vocabulary, syntax of ASL and the culture of the deaf.

SPA 1613 American Sign Language 2.

Credits: 4.

SPA 1614 American Sign Language 3.

Credits: 3; Prereq: SPA 1612, SPA 1613.

This class is designed to enable students to maintain a dialogue with a native deaf speaker at a level equivalent to an intermediate level as measured by the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview.

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 3002 Survey of Communication Disorders.

Credits: 3.

Basic principles of Speech Pathology and Audiology including consideration of the types of incidence, recognition and cause of speech, language and hearing disorders.

SPA 3011 Speech Acoustics.

Credits: 3; Prereq: LIN 2210.

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; Prereq: LIN 2210.

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 consent of instructor.

Methods in auditory training and speechreading 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. May be repeated with change of content up to a maximum of 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.

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