Course Descriptions & Outlines

Fall 2018

First Year

SCSD 617: Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Hearing

The anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms is covered in this course. Topics include neuroanatomy, the anatomy and physiology of the head, neck and upper torso, and the external, middle, and inner ear.

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SCSD 619: Phonological Development

In this course, theories and research related to normal and abnormal phonological development in children are studied. Classroom theory is augmented with hands-on practice in the application of clinical procedures including articulation test administration and speech sample analysis to support clinical decision making. This course includes a lab where students learn and practice phonetic transcription for the clinical context.

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SCSD 624: Language Processes

This course surveys themes and methods from psycholinguistics: how humans perceive, process, and produce language. Following levels of linguistic description, the students learn progressively from the building blocks of phonemes and morphemes up to discourse and conversation. Connections are drawn between basic science research and clinical populations, highlighting the relevance of material for speech-language pathology (S-LP).

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SCSD 633: Language Development

Theories of language acquisition, prerequisites to language development, and current issues in research are studied. Topics reviewed include the role of input, individual differences in acquisition, and language socialization.

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SCSD 637: Developmental Language Disorders I

This course is concerned with language impairment in children, focusing on their underlying nature, surface manifestation, and assessment methods. The course addresses theoretical and practical underpinnings of assessment methods and diagnostic criteria and discusses the significance of research findings in clinical decision making. A lab component provides hands on experience in the use of standardized tests.

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SCSD 681: Practicum & Seminar I

This is the first, in a series of four practicum and seminar courses, which focus on various aspects of clinical training (scope of practice, clinical experiences, and interprofessional education). This course provides an introduction to the profession of S-LP and introduces the students to clinical work with a primary focus on prevention and assessment.

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IPEA 500: Interprofessional Education Activities

This course includes preparatory work and a half day workshop with students from other healthcare disciplines in the Faculty of Medicine. It introduces students to Interprofessional education, Interprofessional practice and the roles of different healthcare professionals.

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Second Year

SCSD 616: Audiology

Basic diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures, goals and procedures used in clinical audiology, and the psychoacoustic theories on which they are based are presented. This course includes a lab where students obtain hands-on practice.

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SCSD 639: Voice Disorders

Information about the vocal mechanism, its pathologies, and methods of evaluation and treatment are studied. This course includes a lab where students obtain hands-on practice.

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SCSD 618: Research & Measurement Methods

Methodologies used in research and measurement in the field of communication sciences and disorders are introduced. Topics covered include: the nature and interpretation of test norms; validity; interpretation of test score differences; and questionnaire development (scaling). Tests currently used in speech-language pathology and audiology are examined.

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SCSD 644: Applied Neurolinguistics

This course covers theoretical and clinical issues as well as principles relevant to the assessment and treatment of adults with acquired neurogenic language and cognitive-communication disorders (aphasia, right-hemisphere damage, dementia and traumatic brain injury). Clinical labs are designed to expose students to clinical materials and practice in assessment and therapy through case examples. Labs will parallel the typical sequence of the clinical process (i.e. chart review, assessment, education/counselling and therapy) and will be coordinated with relevant lectures where possible.

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SCSD 636: Fluency Disorders

This course covers the nature of stuttering, various causal theories, and techniques for evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. This course includes a lab where students obtain hands-on practice focusing on assessment, treatment, and counselling.

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SCSD 683: Practicum & Seminar III

This is the third, in a series of four practicum and seminar courses, which focus on various aspects of clinical training (scope of practice, clinical experiences, and interprofessional education). This course reviews different topics relating to professionalism, diversity and counselling. Students obtain hands-on practice in counselling at the Simulation Centre. The Fall Practicum experience is part of this class.

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Winter 2019

First Year

SCSD 609: Neuromotor Disorders

The focus of this course is on the assessment and management of motor speech disorders, associated with both acquired and developmental neuromotor disorders. It provides the basis to understand the organization and function of the nervous system in controlling speech production. The objective is to identify perceptual characteristics of various motor speech disorders necessary to assess and treat motor speech disorders in children and adults.

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SCSD 682: Practicum & Seminar II

This is the second, in a series of four practicum and seminar courses, which focus on various aspects of clinical training (scope of practice, clinical experiences, and interprofessional education). This course reviews the documentation associated with the profession of Speech-Language Pathology. It also allows the students to develop practical skills and learn about issues related to the practicum placements.

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SCSD 631: Speech Science

This course provides the scientific basis of speech communication. The objective is to build a basic understanding of speech acoustics, speech production and speech perception that can be applied to understand speech processes in normal and disordered populations as well as providing practical skills for the analysis of speech in a clinical setting.

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SCSD 638: Neurolinguistics

Current theories of language are studied: brain relationships and speech and language deficits subsequent to brain damage. A review of current research on phonetic, lexical, and syntactic processing in brain-damaged individuals is included.

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SCSD 632: Phonological Disorders in Children

The nature of phonological disorders in children and clinical approaches for their remediation are presented. This course includes a lab where students practice hands-on application of theories and procedures related to diagnosis, goal selection and treatment planning for children with phonological disorders.

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IPEA 501: Interprofessional Education

This course includes preparatory work and a half day workshop with students from other healthcare disciplines in the Faculty of Medicine. It introduces students to effective communication and interactions in interprofessional teams.

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SCSD 643: Developmental Language Disorders II

The goal of the course is to familiarize students with principles and procedures of language intervention for individuals with developmental language impairments, including preschool children, school-age children, adolescents and adults and including monolingual and multilingual individuals, within a framework of evidence based practice. This course includes a lab where students practice hands-on application of theories with a focus on intervention.

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SCSD 688: Genetics in Speech Language Pathology Practice

This course covers normal human genetics and embryological development, their relationship to congenital disorders that affect communication and swallowing, and the implications for Speech-Language Pathology practice.

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Second Year 

SCSD 664: Augmentative Alternative Communication

This course will develop knowledge and skills for planning intervention with clients who would benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) approaches. Key concepts related to characteristics of potential AAC users, components of AAC systems and strategies, assessment, and intervention will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to: (1) integrate and apply these concepts in planning intervention for case examples, and (2) interview & interact with a person who uses AAC.

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SCSD 642: Aural Rehabilitation

This course addresses the effects of hearing impairment in adults as well as in the developing child with attention to problems in speech, language, and cognitive function as well as social-emotional adjustment. Various intervention approaches are examined

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SCSD 684: Practicum & Seminar IV

This is the last course, in a series of four practicum and seminar courses, which focus on various aspects of clinical training (scope of practice, clinical experiences, and interprofessional education). This course reviews different topics relating to ethics and getting ready for the workplace. The Winter Practicum experience is part of this class.

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SCSD 666: Seminar Option: Introduction to Counselling

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SCSD 670: Seminar Option: Voice

SCSD 669: Autism Spectrum Disorders & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

This course covers assessment and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. It fosters reflective clinical problem solving using case-based learning.

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SCSD 670: Seminar Option: Swallowing SCSD 678: Seminar Option: Special Topics

SCSD 680: Deglutition & Dysphagia

This course reviews advanced physiology and neurophysiology of mastication and deglutition. Topics covered include normal function, diagnosis, and treatment of swallowing disorders. This course includes a lab where students obtain hands-on practice.

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SCSD 689: Management of Cranio-facial Disorders

This course covers typical and atypical craniofacial features and Cranio-facial anomalies with and without cleft lip and palate, and their associated problems. The students will learn about the evaluation of speech characteristics in the context of craniofacial anomalies as well as the intervention for speech disorders in that context.

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IPEA 502: Patient-Centered Care in Action

This course includes preparatory work and a half day workshop with students from other healthcare disciplines in the Faculty of Medicine. It introduces students to a simulated family centered care scenario and, in interprofessional teams, they must develop a plan of care.

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