Course Descriptions

ASL 1110 — American Sign Language 1.  Credits: 3. This is the first in a series of courses based on American Sign Language concepts and principles. This beginning course will introduce receptive and expressive skills in structured and spontaneous interactions. Components of ASL such as signs, fingerspelling, numbers, and classifiers are practiced as part of conversational and storytelling practice. American Sign Language literature and cultural information will be introduced.

ASL 1120 — American Sign Language 2.  Credits: 3. This is the second in a series of courses based on American Sign Language concepts and principles. This beginning 2 course will introduce receptive and expressive skills in discourse and narratives. Components of ASL such as signs, fingerspelling, numbers, and classifiers are practiced as part of conversational and storytelling practice. American Sign Language literature and cultural information will be introduced.

ASL 1130 — American Sign Language 3.  Credits: 3. The third in a series of courses based on American Sign Language concepts and principles. This course is designed to increase recognition and recall skills in extended dialogue communication and storytelling. American Sign Language idioms are also included as well as a deeper understanding of the grammar, syntax, and complexities within the language.

ASL 2150 — Deaf Culture.  Credit: 1. An exploration of Deaf World and its communities and cultures, signed languages, education, accessibility, literature, and key issues. The course provides an overview of the lives and experiences of deaf and hard of hearing persons and examines the reasons why many deaf people consider themselves to belong to a unique cultural group.

ASL 5406: Manual Communication with the Hearing Impaired (1; max: 3)Overview of signing systems, including ASL, Signed English, and Signing Exact English. Emphasis on signing skills most useful to audiologist.

LIN 2210 – Phonetic Theory and Transcription.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  F, S. An introduction to human speech production, classification, and transcription.  Includes intensive training in the use of the International Phonetics Alphabet for transcribing American English.

LIN 6339-Seminar: Applied Phonology. Credits: 3 Prereq: SPA 5204. Phonological theory in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech science.

SPA 2024 – Human Communication Dynamics.  Credits: 3. An interdisciplinary course exploring a range of dynamic interactions in human communication. Topics will include pre- and post-natal communication, development of speech, parent/child communication, vocal/nonvocal communication, noise pollution and prosthetic devices.  Normal and abnormal aspects of communication processes will be covered.

SPA 2109 – Language Breakdown and the Brain.  Credits: 3. This course introduces the structure of the brain particularly as it is related to language and the concept of neuroplasticity as the key to learning and treatment. The course also discusses the impact of damage to the brain on language and cognition as well as language development in children with genetic differences that affect language use, such as dyslexia, specific language impairment, Williams Syndrome and Down Syndrome.

SPA 3011 – Speech Acoustics.   Credits: 3;  Offered:  F, S; Pre/coreq:  LIN2210.  An introduction to scientific methodologies, physics of sound and elementary instrumentation related to human speech communication.

SPA 3032 – Fundamentals of Hearing.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  F, S .  Concepts and principles relevant to the normal hearing processes:  acoustics, gross anatomy, psychophysical methods and basic subjective correlates of the auditory system.

SPA 3101 – Speech Anatomy & Physiology.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  F, S;   An introduction to elementary anatomy, physiology, and neurophysiology of the speaking mechanism.

SPA 4004 – Language Development.  Credits: 3.  Study of stages and processes of language acquisition across the lifespan. Implications of abnormal and/or delayed development on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment are integrated into the lectures and discussions.

SPA 4050 – Clinical Observations in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  S; Senior Year.  Students participate in 25 hours of supervised clinical observations of diagnostic and remediation at the UF Health Shands Teaching Hospital’s clinics and other sites around the Gainesville vicinity.

SPA 4104 – Neural Basis of Communication.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  F, S.  To provide students with a basic understanding of the structures and functions of the human nervous system and the neurological processes involved in communication and related functions and their disorders.

SPA 4250 – Introduction to Speech Disorders.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  F; Pre/coreq: LIN2210 & SPA3101.  This course addresses the following speech based disorders of communication:  phonology motor speech;
resonatory; voice and stuttering.

SPA 4302 – Audiometry and Hearing Disorders.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  F; Prereq:  SPA3032.  Basic techniques in pure-tone and speech audiometry, measurements of middle-ear function and test interpretation.  The course includes limited supervised clinical/laboratory experience in hearing testing.

SPA 4321 – Audiologic Rehabilitation.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  S.  Methods in auditory training and speechreading with hearing-impaired individuals and overview of aural rehabilitation.

SPA 4400 – Language Disorders.  Credits: 3;  Offered:  S; Pre/coreq:  SPA4004.  This lifespan course addresses the various language-based disorders of communication including language delays and disorders in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, language-based learning disabilities (including co-morbidity with ADHD) and reading disorders in school-aged children and youth, and aphasias and dementias in adults.

SPA 4904 – Individual Study.    Credits: 1 to 3,  May be repeated with change of content up to a maximum of 6 credits.  A project, reading or research course.

SPA 4931 – Honors in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Credits: 3;  Preoreq:  3.2 overall GPA, 3.5 in the major and have completed (including current enrollment) 21 credits in the major.  The design, implementation and reporting of an original research project by the student.

SPA 5051-Initial Clinical Experience in Audiology  Credits: 1 Prereq: For beginning graduate students in audiology. Beginning supervised clinical practicum in audiology.

SPA 5102: Auditory Anatomy and Physiology (2) In-depth coverage of anatomy and physiology of auditory system to support understanding of auditory function in persons with healthy auditory mechanisms and those with specific disorders.

SPA 5128: Speech Perception (2) Understanding speech perception in hearing-impaired and/or aged listeners. Auditory and cognitive hypotheses to explain speech-recognition deficits; and clinical and theoretical intervention strategies to alleviate perceptual deficits in these populations.

SPA 5204: Phonological Disorders (3) Advanced principles of diagnosis and remediation.

SPA 5211: Voice Disorders (3) Advanced theory and techniques of diagnosis and remediation.

SPA 5225: Principles of Speech Pathology: Stuttering (3) Advanced theories and techniques of diagnosis and therapy.

SPA 5245: Communicative Disorders Related to Cleft Palate (3) Prereq: SPA 5204, 5211, 5403. Lectures and laboratory study of the “team approach” and interdisciplinary aspects of communicative disorders in the cleft palate individual.

SPA 5254: Neurocognitive Language Disorders (2) Prereq: introductory neuroanatomy. Neurocognitive deficits of language in dementia, traumatic brain injury, and right hemisphere damage.

SPA 5304: Principles of Audiological Evaluation (3) Advanced procedures in speech audiometry, masking, and audiogram interpretation.

SPA 5315: Peripheral and Central Auditory Disorders (2) Understanding (1) anatomy and physiology of peripheral and central auditory mechanism, (2) etiology and pathology of peripheral and central hearing loss, and (3) audiological and otologic diagnosis/treatment of hearing loss.

SPA 5553: Instrumentation and Diagnosis in Speech-Language Pathology (2) Hands-on experience using instrumentation in diagnosis.

SPA 5563: Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss (2) Psychological implications of hearing impairment. Specifically psychoeducational/psychosocial and counseling strategies and rehabilitation procedures for patient and family management.

SPA 5646: Speech and Language of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (2) Advanced principles and procedures in the assessment and development of speech and language in individuals with hearing loss.

SPA 6008: Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology (1) Prereq: SPA 7946. Overview of the speech pathologist’s role in the medical environment. S/U.

SPA 6010: Basic Auditory Sciences (3) The nature of sound, the structure and function of the auditory system, frequency selectivity, auditory filtering, and the psychoacoustics of pure tones and complex sounds.

SPA 6117: Science of Singing (3) Intended for voice or CSD majors with interest in singing voice, its production, and its maintenance as instrument of health and beauty. Introduction to anatomy and physiology of speech mechanism and acoustics of voice production.

SPA 6133L: Hearing Aid Analysis Laboratory (1) Coreq: SPA 6345. Advanced analysis and description of the electroacoustical properties of hearing aids.

SPA 6207: Applied Phonological Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment (3) Prereq: majors only. Seminar and practicum.

SPA 6211: Applied Voice Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment (3) Prereq: majors only. Seminar and practicum.

SPA 6217: Vocal Health and Habilitation (3) Production of normal voice. Identifying and managing vocal problems specific to the singer or performer.

SPA 6229: Applied Fluency Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment (3) Prereq: majors only. Seminar and practicum.

SPA 6233: Speech Motor Control Disorders (3) Developmental and acquired neurogenic speech disorders and their associated neuropathology, etiology, characteristics, assessment practices, and treatment strategies.

SPA 6270: Auditory Processing Disorders (3) Prereq: SPA 5304, 5102. Anatomy and physiology of the central auditory nervous system, and disorders of auditory processing that occur in humans. Focuses on evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders.

SPA 6300: Introduction to Graduate Research (3) Prereq: required of all graduate students specializing in speech-language pathology or audiology.   Introduction to the principles of research design and analysis, the critical evaluation of research and of evidence-based practice.

SPA 6305: Pediatric Audiology (3) The identification, diagnosis and management of auditory disorders in children.

SPA 6311: Medical Audiology (2) Differential diagnosis of hearing impairment.

SPA 6312: Advanced Audiology and Neuro-Otology (2) Prereq: SPA 6311. Medical description, case presentation, and management of hearing loss.

SPA 6317: Vestibular Disorders (2) Prereq: graduate status. Mechanics and physiology of human balance, contribution of inner ear to balance, disorders of balance, and approaches to diagnostic assessment and rehabilitation.

SPA 6323: Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults (2) Explores theoretical and clinical literature. Describes assessment and management strategies.

SPA 6324: Audiologic Rehabilitation for Children (2) Explores theoretical and clinical literature. Assessment and therapy techniques for children.

SPA 6340: Amplification I (2) Theoretical and applied understanding of current technology in amplification systems for the hearing impaired. Seminar format (2/3) and clinical laboratory activities (1/3).

SPA 6341: Amplification II (2) Prereq: SPA 6340. Digital and programmable technology in hearing aids.

SPA 6342: Amplification III (2) Theoretical and applied understanding of current and future technology in amplification systems. Recent advances in programmable and digital hearing aids. Hearing aid selection procedures for special populations. Assistive learning devices. Classroom amplification systems.

SPA 6410: Adult Language Disorders (3) The nature of acquired aphasia and related disorders. Applying neurolinguistic and neuropsychological models to methods of assessment and treatment.

SPA 6416: Applied Neurogenic Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment (3) Prereq: majors only. Seminar and practicum.

SPA 6430: Applied Developmental Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment in Speech and Language (3) Prereq: majors only. Seminar and practicum focused on various pediatric speech and language disorders.

SPA 6436: Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3) Review of related issues including diagnosis, intervention, and current research.

SPA 6506: Clinical Clerkship in Audiology (1; max: 3) Beginning-level audiologic practicum.

SPA 6507: Applied Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3) Introduction to clinical experience through planning, conducting, and writing up diagnostic and therapy sessions with individuals who have little or no functional speech and or writing.

SPA 6521: Practicum in Speech-Language Diagnostics: UFSHC (1-6; max: 6) Prereq: SPA 5553.

SPA 6524: Practicum in Speech-Language Therapy: UFSHC (1-6; max: 6)

SPA 6531: Clinical Practice in Hearing Assessment (1-6; max: 6)

SPA 6533: Clinical Practice in Aural Rehabilitation (1-6; max: 6)

SPA 6559: Alternative and Augmentative Communication (2) Prereq: SPA 5403, 5405. Survey of issues and research into the use of unaided and aided augmentative and alternative communication methods by persons with deficits in speech and writing.

SPA 6564: Communication and Aging (3) Characteristics of, and management approaches for, communication disorders found with some frequency in the elderly. Focues on enhancing communication.

SPA 6565: Seminar in Dysphagia (3) Anatomy, physiology, and neurology of normal swallow. Review of further diagnostic procedures and treatment protocols.

SPA 6568: Clinical Evaluation in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (3) Prereq: SPA 6008. Framework for evaluating communication and swallowing skills of patients at all levels of care across many types of disorders.

SPA 6570: Seminar: Professional Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology (3) Administration of speech-language pathology services in varied settings (hospitals, schools, community clinics, private practice, universities) studied from educational, legal, business, and ethical perspectives.

SPA 6581: Special Clinical (1-9; max: 12) Advanced study in specific areas of clinical process.

SPA 6830: Communication Disorders in Medically Complex Pediatric Populations (3) Prereq: SPA 6008. Clinical research.

SPA 6905: Individual Study (1-3; max: 9) Prereq: consent of instructor. Supervised study of specialized topic or research project.

SPA 6905: Pediatric Language Disorders (4) this course addresses the wide variety of congenital and acquired language delays and disorders seen in the pediatric population. Case studies are used to lead students through the problem-solving model using evidence-based practices.

SPA 6910: Supervised Research (1-5; max: 5) Prereq: SPA 6300, and consent of instructor. S/U.

SPA 6930: Proseminar in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (1; max: 6) Faculty and graduate student research in speech-language pathology, audiology, and related disciplines. S/U.

SPA 6935: Applied Reading Disabilities: Diagnosis and Treatment (3) Prereq: majors only. Seminar and practicum in diagnosis and treatment of developmental reading disabilities.

SPA 6936: Special Topics (3; max: 9) Prereq: consent of instructor. Theory and research in communication.

SPA 6940: Supervised Teaching (1-5; max: 5) S/U.

SPA 6942: Externship in Speech-Language Pathology (7-12; max: 12) Full-time supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology. Students provide diagnostic and therapeutic services in clinical setting.

SPA 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis (1-15) S/U.

SPA 7132C: Clinical Instrumentation for Evaluating Upper Aerodigestive Tract Functions (3; max: 3) Introduction to instrumentation used in clinical evaluation and treatment and clinical research. Experiential component.

SPA 7306: Audiologic Assessment in a Medical Setting (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Audiologic and medically related aspects of hearing disorders.

SPA 7318: Clinical Auditory Electrophysiology (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Understanding clinical auditory physiological measures, including auditory-evoked and event-related potentials, otoacoustic emissions, and common clinical protocols applied to auditory disorders.

SPA 7319: Balance Disorders: Evaluation and Treatment (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Understanding how humans maintain balance, the contribution of the inner ear to balance, disorders of balance, and approaches to rehabilitation of these disorders.

SPA 7325: Audiologic Rehabilitation (5) Prereq: open to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. State-of-the-art information on current philosophies and practice patterns for audiologic habilitation and rehabilitation.
SPA 7348: Principles of Amplification (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Recent information regarding amplification systems.

SPA 7353: Environmental Hearing Conservation (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Recent information regarding the causes of hearing loss, prevention strategies, and basic mechanisms underlying noise-induced hearing loss.

SPA 7354: Seminar in Audiology: Hearing Conservation and Noise Control (3)

SPA 7391: Business and Professional Issues in Audiology (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Overview of the healthcare system, the place of audiology in the system, current issues facing the profession, ethics of audiologic practice, providing reimbursement for services, and personnel management.

SPA 7415: Neurolinguistics of Adult Language Disorders (3) Prereq: SPA 6410, LIN 6932, or consent of the instructor. Psycho- and neurolinguistic research on acquired language disorders. Theoretical models of language representation and implications for treatment.

SPA 7500: Public School Practicum (1-3; max: 10) Prereq: majority of preprofessional courses. Experience in partial fulfillment of department’s clinical requirements.

SPA 7523: Practicum in Speech Pathology in a Medical/Dental Setting (1-6; max: 6) Prereq: SPA 6521, 6524, and consent of department.

SPA 7540: Diagnosis and Treatment of Language and Language-Based Literacy Disorders (3) Prereq: graduate-level reading course. Clinical aspects of intervention for children and adults who have language disabilities, focusing on identification, diagnosis, and treatment of emergent literacy and language disorders.

SPA 7566: Counseling Individuals with Hearing Losses (5) Prereq: open only to students in the distance learning Au.D. program. Recent information about counseling.

SPA 7821: Supervised Clinical Research (1-12; max: 12) Advanced clinical research topics in speech-language pathology and audiology. S/U.

SPA 7833: Audiology Research Project (3-6; max: 6) S/U.

SPA 7937: Seminar in Advanced Studies of Language and Literacy Development and Disabilities (3) Prereq: consent of instructor. Contemporary theories, research, and clinical applications in the areas of language and literacy for typical and atypical learners.

SPA 7945: Graduate Practicum in Audiology (3-6; max: 15) Intermediate clinical practicum for Au.D. students.
SPA 7946: Clinical I: Practicum in Medical Speech and Language Pathology (1-10; max: 10) Prereq: minimum 50 clock hours of graduate clinical practicum.

SPA 7947: Clinical II: Practicum in Advanced Medical Speech-Language Pathology (1-10; max: 10) Prereq: minimum 5 hours of SPA 7946 or equivalent.

SPA 7958: Clinical Externship (3-12; max: 36) Prereq: 12 hours of SPA 7945.

SPA 7979: Advanced Research (1-12) Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master’s degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program. Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy. S/U.

SPA 7980: Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-15) S/U.