Communication Disorders

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Deborah Weiss
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(203) 392-5954 – Fax (203) 392-5968
weissd1@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-5954

Barbara Cook, Assistant Professor
Glenda DeJarnette, Professor
James Dempsey, Professor
Hillary Harper, Assistant Professor
Kelly Mabry, Associate Professor
Jennifer McCullagh, Associate Professor
Mary Purdy, Professor
Sujini Ramachandar, Assistant Professor
Heather Warner, Assistant Professor
Deborah Weiss, Professor
Richard Zipoli, Assistant Professor

Major Program in Communication Disorders

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders is a pre-professional degree designed primarily for students who anticipate earning a master's or doctoral degree, state licensure and national certification as speech-language pathologists or audiologists.

Students who complete the degree requirements and do not intend to pursue a graduate degree may find immediate entry into positions such as speech assistant, paraprofessional, or aide in public and private school systems. Students might also use this degree as a base for general education and special education graduate studies, or other human services professions, academic programs, and clinical experiences.

Admission as a Communication Disorders Major

A student initially declares as a Pre-Communication Disorders (Pre-CMD) major. In order to become a Communication Disorders major, the student must meet the following criteria:

Minimum GPA of 3.0 (taking into account grades from all universities attended).

Completion of the following courses with a grade of “B” or higher in each class:
CMD 200 — Introduction to Developmental Communication Disorders
CMD 201 — Introduction to Communication Disorders in Medical Settings
ENG 112— Writing Arguments

Further details about this process may be found on the Communication Disorders website at: http://www.southernct.edu/communicationdisorders

Please be advised that students who are further along in their studies when they apply may not be able to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.

Continuation in the Program

All Pre-CMD and CMD majors are required to maintain both an overall and departmental 3.0 GPA. Students who do not maintain this GPA will no longer be considered as Pre-CMD or CMD majors and will not be able to register for classes in the major. Students who have registered for CMD courses in an upcoming semester will be required to drop those courses if they fail to achieve the required 3.0 GPA in the previous semester.

The department offers the following:

Communication Disorders, B.S.

CMD 198 - Special Topics

Topics vary.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2017

CMD 200 - Introduction to Developmental Communication Disorders

Introduction to the major theories of normal and abnormal speech development, etiology, classification, and characteristics of communication disorders, survey and observation of clinical procedures.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 201 - Introduction to Communication Disorders in Medical Settings

Introduction to normal adult communication, acquired disorders of communication and swallowing, and service delivery systems for adult clients.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 203 - Phonetics and Phonological Systems

The study of clinical phonetics and phonological systems. Topics include basic concepts in anatomy, physiology, and acoustics relating to the development and use of phonological systems. Use and application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and relevant diacritical markings will be reviewed and practiced.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 294 - Communication Disorders Tier 3 Capstone

Topics vary.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

CMD 317 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, the larynx, and the head and neck related to speech production and reception.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 319 - Language Development: Ages Birth to Five

Semantic, syntactic, phonological, and pragmatic sequence of normal language development in children. Topics may include language disorders, early cognitive development, and theoretical bases.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 200 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 320 - Introduction to Hearing Science

The anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, theories of hearing, auditory disorders, and the nature of sound. Introduction to the study of acoustics and psychoacoustics.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 200 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 321 - Introduction to Audiology

Instrumentation and techniques for the identification and management of peripheral hearing disorders including pure-tone, speech audiometrics, immittance testing, screening procedures and methods of aural rehabilitation.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 200, CMD 320 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 418 - Neurological Bases of Communication

Study of neuroanatomy and the neurophysiology underlying normal speech production. The central and peripheral systems are considered as well as the embryologic development of the nervous system.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 317 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 419 - Language Acquisition: School Age: Adolescence

Normal sequence of pragmatic, semantic, syntactic, and phonological development in school age children. Topics may include language-learning disabilities, language disorder, bilingual language processes, and classroom discourse.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 200 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 420 - Speech Science

Study of the physiological, acoustical, and perceptual bases of speech; the mechanics of phonation, vocal theory, consonant production; and the acoustic and physiologic investigation of speech output. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 2 hours.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 317, CMD 320 and departmental permission.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 461 - Clinical Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Introduction to clinical practice and professional issues in the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Emphasis on observation of practicing clinicians in various professional settings.

Prerequisite(s): 21 CMD credits and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2017

CMD 499 - Independent Study

Independent Study.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016