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Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Courses

SPAU 3301 Communication Disorders (3 semester hours) Overview of the field of communication disorders with emphasis on speech language pathology and audiology as a profession; state and national certification requirements; professional ethics; definition, identification, and classification of disorders of hearing , speech, language, cognition and dysphagia. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3303 Normal Language Development (3 semester hours) The development of language and communication, including phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and literacy. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3304 Communication Sciences (3 semester hours) Fundamentals of speech and hearing science: introductory acoustics, basic auditory phenomena, and acoustic aspects of speech. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3340 Articulation Disorders (3 semester hours) Etiology, symptomatology, evaluation, and treatment of articulation disorders. Pre or corequisite: SPAU 3343, or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3341 Audiology (3 semester hours) Clinical application and interpretation in audiology. Emphasis on instrumentation and calibration considerations for air and bone conduction test, speech audiometry, cerumen management, infection control and basic masking principles. Prerequisites: SPAU 3304 and 3344, or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3343 Phonetics (3 semester hours) The study of speech sounds. Phonetic transcription and description of articulatory, acoustic, and linguistic properties of speech. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3344 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (3 semester hours) Study of anatomic and physiologic mechanisms underlying speech: respiration, phonation, and articulation. Overview of the peripheral auditory system. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3345 Neural Basis of Communication (3 semester hours) Organization and function of cortical and subcortical structures that underlie speech, language and hearing. Special consideration of structures and pathways typically affected in neurogenic disorders of communication. (3-0) Y
SPAU 3388 Clinical Observation in Speech-Language Pathology (3 semester hours) Guided observation and study of assessment procedures and intervention strategies used with individuals who have communication disorders. Must take on a credit/no credit basis. (3-0) S
SPAU 3390 Clinical Practicum in Speech Language Pathology (3 semester hours) Guided observation and supervised participation in evaluation and therapeutic management of individuals with communication disorders. Weekly clinical conference required. Must be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. May be repeated for credit. Pre or corequisites: consent of instructor, SPAU 3303, 3340 or 4308, and 3343. (3-0) S
SPAU 4308 Language Disorders in Children (3 semester hours) Language impairment in children, including etiology, characteristics, and treatment procedures, with special emphasis on factors that interfere with normal development of language skills. Prerequisite: SPAU 3303 or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y
SPAU 4325 Exceptional Children (3 semester hours) Terminology and classification related to the education of exceptional populations. Special consideration of theoretical research, legal and humanistic issues, types of learning problems, physical and mental disabilities, teaching and assessment strategies, and services available to special learners. (Same as PSY 3342) (3-0) Y
SPAU 4342 Assessment Procedures in Speech Language Pathology (3 semester hours) Principles and procedures in the diagnosis of communication disorders in preschool and school aged children and adults. A blend of philosophical issues with practical clinical methodology. Emphasis on application of diagnostic information to rehabilitation planning and techniques. Professional report writing skills included. Prerequisite: SPAU 3301 or consent of instructor. (3-0) Y
SPAU 4375 Senior Honors Seminar (3 semester hours) A course for students who conduct undergraduate thesis research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The seminar explores the different types of thesis research, current research opportunities in the school, and appropriate techniques for writing the thesis proposal and final thesis report. Broader issues of professional development are also explored. Permission of Associate Dean required. This course is required for all students seeking School Honors (minimum GPA of 3.4 & 30 hours at UTD). Recommended, but not required, for students seeking University magna or summa cum laude honors. (Same as CGS 4375, NSC 4375, and PSY 4375) (3-0) Y
SPAU 4393 Language in Culture and Society (3 semester hours) An investigation of the influence of languages on nonlinguistic aspects of culture and society. Topics will include patterns of communication, speech community, communication and social structure, varieties of language, and the analysis of communicative competence and communicative performance. (3-0) Y
SPAU 4394 Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders (3 semester hours) Therapeutic management of foreign dialect, language differences, and the effects of cultural diversity upon learning. Needs of multicultural populations within the public schools will also be addressed. (3-0) Y
SPAU 4395 Issues in the Management of Persons with Hearing Impairment (3 semester hours) Assessment of hearing disorders, individual and group amplification, assistive listening devices, auditory and visual speech recognition, communication strategies, and service delivery to adults and children with hearing loss. (3-0) T

Special Topics

Topics under the following course number vary from semester to semester. The class schedule for the current semester will list the special topic that will be offered.

SPAU 4V90 Special Topics in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (1-6 semester hours) May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-6]-0) R

Independent Study

The following independent study courses are advanced individualized projects to be arranged with a supervising professor. Open only to qualified students by consent of instructor. Students must contact professor and design a contract for study prior to enrollment. Permission forms are available in the Associate Dean’s office. Student may enroll in no more than a total of 6 semester credit hours of independent study courses during one semester and a maximum of 20 percent of total hours undertaken at U.T. Dallas or 12 semester credit hours, whichever is smaller.

SPAU 4396 Internship (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an applied setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week at an approved community agency or business of the student’s choice. Students keep daily job diaries, attend one class meeting per month, and write brief papers relative to their experiences. Open to all students who have reached junior or senior standing (more than 53 hours). Apply for placements in the Associate Dean’s office. Must be taken on Credit/No Credit basis. (Same as CGS 4394, NSC 4394, and PSY 4394) (3-0) S
SPAU 4397 Honors Thesis (3 semester hours) An independent study in which the student writes an honors thesis under faculty supervision. Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. (3-0) S
SPAU 4V96 Teaching Internship (1-4 semester hours) Students work individual with faculty member in preparing and presenting course materials and tutoring students. Must have completed the relevant course with a grade of at least B. Permission of the instructor and Associate Dean required. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. Can be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours. [1-4]-0) S
SPAU 4V99 Individual Study (1-6 semester hours) Study of advanced topics under weekly faculty direction. Must be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis unless Associate Dean approves for letter grade. May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S


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