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General Bulletin 2008-2010

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MPF, MPT 127 Introduction to Communication Disorders (3)

Overview of disorders of communication, special problems of speech, language and hearing impairments, and treatment. IIC.

177 Independent Study (1-5; maximum 10 per year)

Prerequisite: approved by instructor and department chair.

193 Freshman Clinic Issues in Speech Pathology and Audiology (1)

Professional seminar for majors in speech pathology and audiology. Information about various licensure standards, overview of all career opportunities in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Offered on credit/ no-credit basis only.

MPF 211 Deaf Culture and Community (3)

This course is intended to provide a comprehensive orientation to the deaf and hard-of-hearing population of the United States. Some consideration will also be given to sign systems in Europe and Africa. The students will be introduced to the sociolinguistic aspects of educational, political, and environmental impacts on deaf culture, identity, and language. Students will also learn the basic vocabulary and grammar of American Sign Language. IIC, IIIA.

216 Introduction to Audiology (3)

Topics include: physics of sound principles and techniques of audiometric testing, types of hearing loss, and treatments for hearing impairment. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

222 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (4)

Introduction to anatomical, physiological, and neurological characteristics of normal speech and hearing mechanisms; developmental embryology; and fundamental acoustics of speech. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and SPA 128 (or concurrent enrollment).

MPF 223 Language Development (3)

Survey of the integration of scientific and theoretical knowledge about the normal acquisition of language from birth to adulthood. Introduction to the linguistic aspects of cultural, political, and environmental impacts on acquisition of language, relationship between English and coexistent languages, gender-related differences in conversational interactions, and the complex interaction of culture and language development. IIC.

225 Foundations of Neurology (3)

Nature and treatment of speech and language disorders with involved structural and neurological components. Prerequisite: SPA 127 and 222.

MPT 233 Perspectives of the Human Face (3)

Course describes basic concepts of growth and development of the human face and the resulting craniofacial anomalies (CFAs) that occur when this process is interrupted. The major causes of CFAs are explored, and the major genetic syndromes with CFAs are reviewed. Students learn how to identify CFAs and how to distinguish between normal racial and ethnic variation in facial appearance and anomalous facial appearance. Students also review the causes of CFAs and their impacts on affected individuals, and learn how to select strategies for helping persons with abnormal facial features to live normal lives.

248 American Sign Language (3)

This course will introduce conversationally relevant signs, fingerspelling, grammatical sign principles and background information related to deaf culture.

277 Independent Study (1-5; 10 maximum per year)

Prerequisite: approved by instructor and department chair.

293 Sophomore Seminar in Speech Pathology and Audiology (1)

Professional seminar for majors in speech pathology and audiology. Students learn observational techniques and observe at the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Offered credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: SPA 193.

326 Therapy for the Hearing Impaired (3)

Discussion of common difficulties associated with hearing loss, strategies used in hearing loss management including auditory training, principles of speech reading, and hearing aid selection and use.

334 Clinical Phonetics and Articulation Disorders (3)

Sound structure of the English language, beginning and advanced transcription using international phonetic alphabet with clinical applications. Prerequisite: SPA 127.

345 Image/Myth of Deafness in the Media (3)

Describes and analyzes how Hollywood has depicted deaf characters over a period of more than 80 years and to compare this image with the actual American Deaf community.

377 Independent Study (1-5; maximum 10 per year)

Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair; major status.

393 Junior Clinical Experience (1)

Professional seminar for majors in speech pathology and audiology. Focuses on counseling in speech pathology and audiology. Multicultural experiences in a variety of contexts. Credit/no-credit basis only.

402/502 Counseling Strategies for Speech Pathologists and Audiologists (3)

Provides an understanding of counseling theory and practice as it relates to individuals with communication disorders. Consideration given to the psychological and psychosocial implications of communication disorders to individuals and their families. Prerequisite: SPA 127 or permission of instructor.

MPC 413 Senior Seminar in Communication Disorders (3)

Intensive study of current issues in communication disorders. Each topic builds on knowledge acquired in past courses. Emphasis on analysis of issues, ranging from ethical concerns to multicultural imperatives. Students work collaboratively in developing their topics culminating in oral presentations and written papers. Projects are showcased at a colloquium featuring a national authority. Written proceedings summarize student projects. Prerequisite: senior standing with speech pathology and audiology major, Thematic Sequence in speech pathology and audiology, or permission of instructor.

416/516 Research Design (3)

Basic principles of research in communication disorders incorporating research design and critical evaluation of clinical research in speech pathology and audiology.

422/522 Clinical Aspects of Audiology (3)

Special problems in clinical examination and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss. Prerequisites: SPA 216.

426/526 Language Disorders (3)

Etiology, diagnosis, and in-depth analysis of communication disorders in children. Prerequisite: SPA 223, 334.

MPT 427/527 Alternative Communication Systems for the Severely Handicapped (3)

Overview of manual, graphic, and electronic systems used by individuals with severe communication disabilities.

428/528 Second Language Learning (3)

Assessment and modification of phonology and prosody as it relates to second language learning in an adult population.

435/535 Speech and Hearing Science (3)

History, current status, and future trends of the scientific aspects of speech production and reception. Prerequisite: SPA 334.

439/539 Articulation Disorders (3)

Nature, etiology, diagnosis, and remediation of disorders of articulation with involved structural and functional components. Prerequisite: SPA 334.

441/541 Best Practices for the School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist (2)

Course engenders a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the public school speech-language pathologist and educational audiologist. Prerequisite: SPA 223.

477 Independent Study (1-5; maximum 10 per year)

Prerequisite: approved by instructor and department chair; major status.

493 Senior Seminar in Speech Pathology and Audiology (1)

Professional seminar for majors in speech pathology and audiology. Information about topics and skills needed to work in the public school setting. Observation of several speech pathology settings required. Offered credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: SPA 193, 293.

MPC 494 Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)

Examines contemporary disability issues and policies and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities in international and local contexts, with emphasis on understanding disability within particular communities- both locally and in other countries- and on learning multiple research methods. Cross-listed with ENG/DST/COM/SOC and EDP 489. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.

605 Speech, Language, Pathology & Audiology in School Setting (6 to 15)

Externship for graduate students in speech/language pathology and audiology. Full-time experience with supervision of faculty and school speech/language pathologists or audiologists in selected school districts.

620 Advanced Clinical Practice (1-8; maximum 16)

Stuttering (adults), cleft palate, aphasia, cerebral palsy, and voice, hearing, or language disorders. Principles and techniques of examination, appraisal, and treatment supplemented by supervised experiences in Miami's Speech and Hearing Clinic and satellite clinics in the region.

621 Organic Speech Disorders: Aphasia (3)

Advanced study in causes, management, and related research of adult aphasia. Prerequisite: graduate standing and approval of instructor.

622 Organic Speech Disorders: Voice Pathology (3)

Advanced study in causes, management, and research of voice disorders. Prerequisite: graduate standing and approval of instructor.

623 Organic Speech Disorders: Craniofacial Anomalies (2)

Advanced study of cleft lip and palate, their bases, and their physical and psychological management. Prerequisite: graduate standing and approval of instructor.

626 Organization and Administration of Clinical Programs for Communication Disorders (1)

Organization and administration of clinical programs appropriate to specific employment settings. Prerequisite: graduate standing in speech pathology or permission of instructor.

627 Child Language Disorders: Birth to Five Years (3)

Current trends of research and remediation procedures for language disorders. Individual diversity expressed in language learning through an exploration of the differing effects of various handicaps and cultural diversity. Prerequisite: SPA 226, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

629 Organic Speech Disorders: Motor Speech Disorders (2)

Advanced study in causes, management, and related research of motor speech disorders. Prerequisite: graduate standing and approval of instructor.

631 School Age Language and Literacy (3)

Assessment and treatment of communication delays and disorders in infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

633 Phonological and Articulation Disorders (3)

Reviews assessment and intervention strategies relative to the effective clinical management of persons with disorders of phonology affecting communication and literacy. Its emphasis will be in the area of treatment with over two-thirds of the course content devoted to the clinical management process.

641 Advanced Studies in Fluency Therapy (1)

Advanced study in management of fluency disorders.

651 Dysphagia, Trachs and Vents (3)

Studies in the causes, evaluation, treatment, and selected research in feeding and swallowing disorders. Prerequisite: graduate standing or approval of instructor.

660 Independent Project (1-4; maximum 8)

662 Research in Speech Pathology and Audiology (3)

Advanced studies of research and statistical data collection in the area of communication disorders. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor.

671 Neurogenic Cognitive Disorders (3)

Advanced study in neuropathology, diagnosis, treatment, and research of adult neurogenic cognitive disorders. Prerequisite: graduate standing, SPA 672, and permission of instructor.

672 Neuroanatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3)

Neuroanatomy of normal speech and hearing mechanisms and current research implications for speech and hearing therapy. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of instructor.

673 Genetics & Syndromes (1)

Introduces students to basic genetic concepts, inheritance patterns, characteristics and etiology of major genetic syndromes. Provides students with brief identification, assessment and treatment options for 30 commonly encountered syndromes.

700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)

711 Research In Speech Pathology (1 to 12)

Students pursuing the non-thesis option may register for these hours while working on a research project; however, these hours are typically taken during the second year of the program.

720 Seminar in Speech Disorders (2; maximum 8)

Current professional problems of a selected topic explored through study of recent research, clinical literature, and individual student projects. Prerequisite: six hours in 600-level speech pathology courses.

750 Professional Field Experience (1-10; maximum 20)

Intern experiences for the advanced graduate student. Prerequisite: permission of graduate adviser and faculty sponsor.

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