East Carolina University
College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Distance Education Program

Course Descriptions for On-Line Courses

Undergraduate Prerequisites

CSDI 3010. Phonetics (3) (F) P: CSDI major or minor,CSDI 2100; PSYC 1000; or consent of instructor. Applied phonetics using International Phonetic Alphabet and pertinent modifications. Detailed descriptions of American English speech sounds and transcription of contextual speech representing mainstream and nonmainstream dialects. Transcription abilities developed to assess and treat speech disorders.

CSDI 3020. Language Development (3) (F) P: CSDI major or minor, CSDI 2100; PSYC 1000; or consent of instructor. Normal acquisition and development of language from birth through preschool years, components of language, cognitive and communicative prerequisites and language learning theories.

CSDI 3030. Speech Science: Anatomy, Physiology and Acoustics (3) (F) 3 lecture and 1 lab hour per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 1050, 1051; CSDI 2100; or consent of instructor. Anatomy, physiology and acoustic correlates of speech production mechanisms. Central and peripheral nervous systems, respiration, phonation, resonation and articulation.

CSDI 3050. Acquisition and Development of Phonology and Articulation (3) (S) P: CSDI 3010, 3030 or consent of instructor. Emphasis on birth to five years and critical periods through the early teen years. Content areas include birth cry, babbling, cross linguistic and universal patterns of acquisition, morphophonology, metaphonology, historical and contemporary normative data issues and interrelation of normal phonological development with other areas of language growth.

CSDI 4100. Introduction to Audiology (3) (S) P: CSDI 3030 or consent of instructor. Concepts related to normal hearing, causes and effects of defective hearing and hearing testing procedures.

CSDI 4110. Aural Rehabilitation (3) (S) P: CSDI 4100 or consent of instructor. Habilitation, rehabilitation of the hearing impaired as related to hearing aid use, speech-reading, auditory training and total communication. Management philosophies related to children and adults.


CSDI 6100. Language Disorders (3) P: Undergraduate course in language development. Childhood language disorders from infancy to school-age period. Principles of assessment, intervention, and classification of various types of language disorders. Specific language impairment, developmental and acquired language disorders, and autism.

CSDI 6101. Language and Learning Disabilities (3)  P: CSDI 6100. Oral and written language learning disabilities in school-age and adolescent populations. Contemporary theories, assessment practices, and intervention techniques used in management of those with language learning disorders and/or dyslexia.

CSDI 6103. Research Design In Speech and Hearing (3) P: Undergraduate statistics course. Fundamentals of research and experimental design and basic statistical analysis in communication sciences and disorders.

CSDI 6104. Seminar in Voice Disorders (3) P: CSDI 6121 or consent of instructor. Anatomy and physiology of vocal mechanism and phonatory process. Consideration of influence of pathology on phonation. In-depth study of special voice problems as well as those more commonly encountered in clinical practice and their treatment.

CSDI 6106. Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders (3) P: Consent of instructor. Current and historical concepts of nature and etiology of stuttering and other fluency disorders such as methodologies of assessments and treatment of children and adults, parent counseling, and research design.

CSDI 6108. Seminar In Articulation/Phonology Disorders (3) P: Undergraduate course in articulation/phonology or consent of instructor. Phonologic/articulatory development and disorders, the dynamics of articulatory production, phonetics as clinical tool, nature and development of normal and defective articulation/phonology. Contemporary scientific methodology technology, and research in appraisal and treatment of phonological/articulatory disorders.

CSDI 6109. Motor Speech Disorders (3) P: CSDI 3020, 3030, 6110; or consent of instructor. Neurophysiology of motor speech behavior coupled with detailed clinical analyses and treatment of various forms of dysarthria and apraxia.

CSDI 6110. Brain, Language, and Aphasia (3) P: CSDI 6100; or consent of instructor. Comprehensive study of the correlative nature of brain and language. Emphasis on aphasiology, including neurological, cognitive, and linguistic aspects.

CSDI 6111. Communication Disorders in Infants and Toddlers (3) Theory and practice in the assessment and intervention of speech and language disorders in the infant/toddler population.

CSDI 6112. Seminar in Cranio-Facial Anomalies and Alaryngeal Rehabilitation (3) P: consent of instructor. Anatomy, physiology, assessment and treatment of persons with cranio-facial anomalies (including cleft lip and palate) and alaryngeal disorders (laryngectomy).

CSDI 6113. Linguistic/Cognitive Impairment in Brain-Injured Adults (3) P: CSDI 6110 or consent of instructor.  Relationships between cognition, communicative abilities, and brain in normal aging dementia, various causes of dementia, head injury, and right hemisphere brain damage in adults.

CSDI 6114. Dysphagia and Neuromotor Functions (3) Relationships between the brain and neuromotor functions specifically in regard to swallowing functions. Identification, characteristics, assessment, and treatment of disordered swallowing.

CSDI 6117. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3) Provides an overview of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC), including selecting and implementing AAC for children and adults.

CSDI 6121. Speech Science (3) P: CSDI 3030 or equivalent. Acoustic theory of speech production and anatomical and physiological aspects of speech-motor production.

CSDI 6200. Multicultural Communication Disorders (3) P: Consent of instructor. Speech and language variations in regional dialects, bilingualism, foreign accent, and multicultural populations. Emphasis on assessing disorders and providing therapy to multicultural and multilingual populations.

CSDI 6229. Distance Education Clinical Internship (1-9) May be repeated. P: Admission to the CSDI Distance Education Program; Completion of 12 s.h. academic CSDI graduate course work and/or consent of the Director of Distance Education program and Director of External Clinical Education. Clinical practice in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures at clinical facilities that have affiliation agreements with ECU/CSDI, supervised by ASHA certified and state-licensed (where applicable) speech-language pathologists.

CSDI 6320. Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology I (1) Required one hour clinical methods course addressing basic assessment and intervention issues in Speech-Language Pathology.

CSDI 6321. Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology II (1) P: CSDI 6320. Required one credit clinical methods course which is a continuation of CSDI 6320 addressing advanced assessment and intervention issues in Speech-Language Pathology.

CSDI 6901. Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (1) For CSDI graduate students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Supervisory processes, certification, licensure, and ethics/legal issues in Speech-Language Pathology.

Please note:  Additional courses, such as CSDI 6523 Readings in Speech and Hearing Research and CSDI 7000 Thesis, are available as electives to students admitted to the online and campus programs.