BA Curriculum

Below is a short description of selected courses of the undergraduate program. The full program includes additional courses.

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE CONTENT

Speech Perception

Studies of the scientific principles underlying the physiology, acoustics, and perception of typical speech as a basis for subsequent understanding of disordered speech and speech perception. Topics include basic concepts of sound, motor and acoustic theories of speech production, speech perception, instrumentation used to measure speech processes, and application to speech pathology and deficits in speech perception.

Hearing rehabilitation and hearing aids

This course provides the student with a broad understanding of the principle theories and methodologies currently applied in aural rehabilitation of hearing impaired persons. The hearing aid as an instrument of rehabilitation is described as well as other assistive listening devices. Also included are techniques of speechreading and auditory training.

Speech Fluency Disorders

Etiology, diagnosis, and management of children and adults with fluency disorders , e.g., developmental stuttering, neurologically based stuttering, cluttering, and other non-fluent speech conditions will be studied.

Physics (Electricity)

Introduction of basic concepts in physics, as well as basic knowledge of phenomena of electricity and magnetism, and basic types of electric circuits. Course Topics include: Motion in a straight line, Motion in acceleration Forces, Newton’s laws, Kinetic energy and potential energy, Harmonic movement, Circle motion and rotary motion, Electric power, Potential electric energy, Electric potential, Voltage, Current, Resistance, Ohm friction, Simple Circuits, General Kirchhoff, Capacitance, Loading and unloading capacitor, Magnetic induction, Alternating current, Basic types of electrical circuits, RLC resonance circuit.

Geriatric Neurological Disorders and Aphasia (Adult Language: Receptive / Expressive Aphasia / Traumatic Brain Injury)

This course presents the physical, theoretical and etiological considerations pertaining to aphasia and related neurological disorders among geriatric population, including dysarthria and cognitive impairments. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are studied.

Phonology

This course familiarizes the undergraduate student of with the principles of phonology, research in normal phonological development, recent developments in the field of linguistics, specifically in terms of distinctive features, phonological rules, and phonological processes.

Speech and Articulation Disorders

This course provides a knowledge base for normal and disordered articulation development. Theories of assessment and intervention are discussed, and application, analysis and comparison is stressed for all theories and approaches presented. A variety of procedures for identification and remediation of articulatory and phonological disorders are presented. Traditional therapeutic techniques and current diagnostic and intervention strategies are highlighted. The students learn to identify phonetic and phonological problems, recognize different etiologies for deficient pronunciation and understand diagnostic processes and assessment tools. They also learn to plan intervention programs for various phonological and phonological problems, according to specific therapeutic approaches, according to the patient’s needs.

Late Language and Communication Development

The objective of this course is to develop a broad understanding of the process in which typically developing children acquire speech and language skills. The complexity of normal human communication will be focused, upon which will lay the foundation for discussing late speech sound acquisition and language development during school-age period. Theoretical aspects of speech and language development will be reviewed.

Developmental Psychology

This course addresses classic developmental theories and research as well as provides an overview of current developmental psychology topics across the lifespan. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with the main concepts in research and therapy, discussing physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development. Key developmental theorists and theories are integrated throughout the course as well as developmental milestones across the lifespan. Research methods in developmental psychology are addressed explicitly, and are also addressed alongside each major research study and theory discussed.\

General psychology

Introduction to psychology, including the history of psychology, sensation-perception, cognition, physiological psychology, learning, personality, social psychology, and assessment.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders

This course will discuss communication and language acquisition of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and focus on critical issues in teaching these abilities to children and adults with ASD. This course will focus on implementing effective assessment and intervention strategies as well as developing appropriate communication programs for individuals with ASD. Lectures, case reports, videotaped demonstrations, and hands-on learning activities will be completed.

Genetics

This course will provide an in-depth understanding of the human genome including inheritance, genetic diseases, transmission genetics, the Human Genome Project, identification of human disease genes, as well research methods in human genetics.

Acquired Neurological Speech and Movement Disorders in Adults

Education and training in the assessment and management of motor speech disorders in adults. This course includes discussion of the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and management of motor speech disorders with emphasis on differential diagnosis and treatment.

Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear

A comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of hearing mechanisms, including anatomy and physiology of the various parts of the ear, the auditory tract and the auditory cortex.

Head and Neck Anatomy

Designed to anatomically and functionally introduce the systems that enable us to speak and hear. This includes the respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, and hearing systems. Within each functional system, the nervous, muscular (including ligament and cartilage), and skeletal involvement are discussed.

Early Childhood Development of Language and Communication

This course deals with the nature of language, the processes by which language is acquired, and the sequence of language skills’ acquisition, from birth through the early school age years. Major theories of language acquisition will be contrasted with an emphasis on the contributions and limitations of each. The social communicative, cognitive, and perceptual bases for language acquisition will be studied, and the components of language (semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and phonology) will be explored. Information on the acquisition of language will be presented within four major time periods: infancy (birth to one year), the toddler years (1 to 3 years), the preschool years (3 to 5 years), and the school age years (above 5 years).

Clinical integration of language and speech

The course will be a platform for discussion, assistance, and support for the students’ practical work (speech and language practicum). The students will present cases in their care as part of the clinical experience. We will discuss various issues related to the treatment and diagnosis of speech and language pathologies, with reference to appropriate treatment methods and analysis of successes and failures in treatment.

Clinical Neurology

This course is designed to provide students with a knowledge of brain and behavior relationships, by studying the neurological bases of motor and sensory function, speech and language production, language comprehension, hearing, swallowing, and cognition. Discussed are the development of the nervous system, action potentials, the central and peripheral nervous systems’ anatomy and physiology, and related pathological conditions.

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology

The course will provide basic anatomical and physiological knowledge of the nervous system, as well as familiarity with the central structures of the brain and understanding the functioning of the sensory, motor and limbic systems. The course will provide an understanding of the nature of the nerve transmission, and the mechanism for generating action potentials. .

Speech Disorders: Characteristics and Treatment Methods

The objective of this course is to develop a broad understanding of the process by which typically developing children acquire speech production skills. Theoretical aspects of speech development will be reviewed and the complexities of normal human communication will be focused upon. This content will lay the foundation for discussing etiologies and characteristics of speech sound disorders that arise across the lifespan. Basic principles of assessment and intervention and the role of the speech language pathologist will be covered.

Statistics

Covers the following topics: types of data; descriptive statistics; types of studies; probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference; correlation and linear regression; chi-square, t-tests, ANOVA and MANOVA; interpretation of the relevance of the statistical findings. Includes the application of technology for statistical analysis from disciplines including social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Speech, Eating, and Swallowing Disorders A

The course will include learning the anatomy and physiology of the typical swallowing process, and knowledge regarding possible swallowing disorders in different clinical populations.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Speech, Eating, and Swallowing Disorders B

Pediatric and geriatric swallowing disorders resulting from structural and neurological lesions of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on etiology and characteristics of different dysphagic symptoms, as well as on diagnostic methods and management of specific symptoms

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

This course will review the basic aspects of the field of augmentative communication, including aided and unaided symbols, strategies, and techniques. An overview of augmentative communication assessment and intervention principles and procedures will be presented. This course will address the needs of individuals with little or no functional speech across the lifespan, including etiologies such as severe aphasia, autism, cerebral palsy, sensory impairments, intellectual disability, progressive neurological diseases, and traumatic brain injury.

Phonetics

Students learn to describe, analyze, and transcribe typically produced and disordered speech sounds. The importance and application of phonetic transcription in the assessment of individuals with communication disorders is examined. Students will learn techniques for speech production and intelligibility assessment. Knowledge of typical and disordered development is incorporated to aid in diagnostic and therapy decisions. Students analyze child and adult speech samples to differentially diagnose articulation and phonological disorders.

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics A

The course will include the following learning basic concepts in acoustics:

Strength and pressure in solid material, liquids and gases; waves – basic settings, sound waves, wave intensity, decibels; composite waves, Fourier analysis, spectrogram; resonance, standing waves, filtering; fundamental frequency, formants, sound production and the speech system; spread of voice in space.

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics B

This course will impart knowledge in the way that auditory stimuli are perceived in the human brain. Review of basic concepts in psychoacoustics, methods of measurement, scales and psycho-acoustic phenomena, such as sound rumination , masking, pitch, temporal aspects of sound, and sound source localization.

Voice Disorders

This course considers the anatomic, physiologic, acoustic, and perceptual aspects of normal voice production, and various voice disorders across the lifespan. Discussed are basic models of voice production, developmental aspects, and psycho-social factors relate to voice production. A theoretical-driven context and patient-centered framework is used to assess protocols for prevention of voice problems, identification of risk factors, and promotion of efficient phonation. The fundamentals of evaluation and treatment of voice disorders are extensively studied.

Participation in a Clinical Voice Workshop links the theory to the practice, thus facilitates the learning of treatment goal and the usage of appropriate treatment procedures.

Basic audiology

Students will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the essentials of hearing science, basic audiological practices, audiometric interpretation, auditory pathologies and associated audiological findings, and the management of hearing disorders.