Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology: Reno

SPA 301: Survey of Speech Pathology (3 credits)

  • Survey of the characteristics of communication disorders and the impact on individuals and their families. Discussion of cultural and linguistic diversity in communication skills. (Diversity course)

SPA 320: Phonetics (3 credits)

  • Practical course in the science of speech sounds with emphasis on transcription of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

SPA 330: Communication Science (3 credits)

  • Anatomical, neurological, and the physiological bases of speech/voice production.

SPA 340: Speech and Language Development (3 credits)

  • Traditional and psycholinguistic approaches to language and speech development in the individual.

SPA 345: Seminar in Clinical Procedure (3 credits)

  • Advanced study in and observation in specialized areas of the field. Maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: SPA 301, 320, 340.

SPA 362: Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)

  • Physics of sound, anatomy and physiology of the ear, medical and surgical aspects of hearing loss, basic audiometric techniques, and hearing conservation.

SPA 364: Articulation Disorders (3 credits)

  • Etiology, assessment and treatment of articulation and phonological disorders. Prerequisites: SPA 301, 320, 340. Prerequisite or co-requisite: 330.

SPA 365: Advanced Audiological Testing (3 credits)

  • Calibration of test equipment. Rationale and procedures used in the evaluation of hearing loss. Laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: SPA 362.

SPA 370: Methods of Clinical Management (3 credits)

  • Therapy and clinical management of problems of disordered speech and language. Includes clinical equipment and materials for use in public school and medical-setting management programs. Prerequisite: SPA 301, 320, 330, 340, 364. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: 345.

SPA 400: Assessment of Communication Disorders (1 to 3 credits)

  • Appraisal and diagnosis of speech and language disorders with an emphasis on the infant/toddler, preschool, and school-aged populations. Prerequisite: SPA 301, 320, 330, 340, 364. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: SPA 345.

SPA 421: Communication Problems of the Aged (3 credits)

  • Speech, language and hearing problems in the aged, normal aging and acquired disorders.

SPA 460, 660: Aspects of Speech Pathology and Audiology (1 credit)

  • Application of normal psycholinguistic processes to the study of speech and language disorders.

SPA 461, 661: Advanced Speech Pathology (2 credits)

  • Diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders with special emphasis on organic speech disorders and phonology.

SPA 463, 663: Internship in Speech Pathology and Audiology (6 or 8 credits)

  • Clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of children and adults with speech language, or hearing disorders. Experience to be gained in an off-campus rehabilitation program.

SPA 464, 664: Practicum in Audiological Testing (1 or 2 credits)

  • Supervised clinical procedures in descriptive diagnostic hearing examinations. May be repeated. Prerequisite: SPA 362, 365.

SPA 466: Rehabilitation for Hearing Handicapped (3 credits)

  • Use of amplification, auditory training and speech reading principles. Prerequisite: SPA 362, 365.

SPA 467: Communication and Language Disorders in Children (3 credits)

  • Nature of communication/language disorders in children with special needs. Non-standardized methods of language assessment. Methods of language intervention with preschool children. Prerequisite: SPA 340; SPA 400 or concurrent enrollments. (Major capstone course)

SPA 491: Extended Classroom Experience in Speech Pathology (1 or 2 credits)

  • Prior course knowledge reinforced and extended through subsequent course offerings. Develop teaching and peer tutoring skills by assisting in classroom activities. Prerequisite: Completion with a grade of B or better, of the course in which extended experience is desired. Enrollment by instructor permission only.

SPA 494: Workshops and Institutes (1 to 3 credits)

  • Intensive study of special topics in speech pathology and audiology. Maximum of 6 credits.

SPA 495: Independent Study (1 to 3 credits)

  • Intensive study of special topics in speech pathology and audiology on an individual basis. Maximum of 6 credits.

AM 145: Sign Language I (American Sign Language) (4 credits)

  • Development of signing and finger spelling skills to provide knowledge of basic signs used today.

AM 146: Sign Language II (American Sign Language) (4 credits)

  • Using the sign language skills learned in AM 145, students will broaden their vocabulary and communication skills using sign language. Prerequisite: AM145