communication sciences


Course Descriptions


Undergraduate Courses

The following undergraduate courses provide a foundation in communication sciences and disorders and may be required for those students that do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders.

COSI 211. Phonetics and Phonology (3)
Theoretical and applied study of the speech sounds of language. The use of the international phonetic alphabet as a tool for characterizing normal and deviant sound patterns. The linguistic structure and function of speech sound systems of both the adult and developing child.

COSI 313. Language Development (3)
Language acquisition theory and stages of development of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and phonology in children. Contributions of biological, social, cognitive and environmental factors to process of language development. Information on language variation in multicultural populations. Open to majors and non-majors. Recommended prerequisites: Child Psychology

COSI 321. Speech and Hearing Science (3)
Acoustics and the processes of speech/motor control. Human perception of speech sounds, motor control, methodological procedures, instrumentation and research findings. Prerequisite: COSI 325

COSI 325. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (3)
The anatomy and physiology of normal speech production and of the hearing mechanism.

COSI 345. Communication and Aging (3)
The normal and abnormal psychobiological changes that occur during aging and their effects on communication are addressed, as are communicative interaction styles, disordered communication, and rehabilitation practices.

COSI 352. Introduction to Clinical Practice (3)
Clinical assessment and teaching procedures as well as the role of research/theory in clinical practice. Procedures to observe, measure, analyze communication skills. Practical application through case studies. Students complete 25 hours of observation of speech/language assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: COSI 211 and COSI 313, or consent of department.

COSI 357. Acquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders. (3)
This course is designed to provide knowledge about the theoretical foundations, etiologies, and characterizations of acquired language-based and cognitive-communication disorders in adults. The organization of the course is designed so that we will discuss communication disorders typically associated with left hemisphere lesions (e.g., aphasia), right hemisphere lesions (e.g., RHD), frontal lobe lesions (e.g., traumatic brain injury) and mesial temporal lesions (e.g. dementia). This course is intended to provide students with a framework for considering communication disorders of diverse medical etiologies rather than specific impairment types. The course is meant to provide information that can be used as a foundation for a clinically applied course in acquired language disorders. The course will focus on critical thinking, professional presentation (both oral and written), and critical consumption of research.

COSI 370. Introduction to Audiology (3)
Disorders of hearing, assessment of hearing; including behavioral and objective measures; intervention strategies; and identification programs. Prerequisite: COSI 325 and COSI 321 or COSI 421

Graduate Courses

COSI 421. Speech and Hearing Science (3)
(See COSI 321)

COSI 444. Evidence Based Practice in Communication Disorders (4)
Evidence-based practice is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual clients. Having its origins in the fields of medicine and clinical epidemiology, EBP is now a growing part of speech and language sciences. The goal of COSI 444 is to instill in you a career-long desire to seek out high-quality relevant evidence pertinent to the clinical questions that affect your practice.  To do this, you must first know how to find the evidence and evaluate the quality of evidence available. This course is intended to demystify the research process so that you can become critical consumers of the research literature in our field. 

COSI 445. Communication and Aging (3)
(See COSI 345.) Graduate students are given an opportunity to incorporate information from their own disciplines in a special project, where appropriate.

COSI 452A. Graduate Clinical Practicum I: Case Management (1)
Addresses professional issues in speech-language pathology including case management, clinical effectiveness, counseling and working with families from diverse backgrounds. Four to ten hours of clinic contact per week at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. (Maximum of 2 credits.) Prerequisite: COSI 352 and COSI 413.

COSI 452B. Graduate Clinical Practicum II: Conseling (1)
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to contemporary counseling issues and relate these issues to the work of the speech language pathologist.  Students will have an opportunity to practice counseling techniques and examine the role of counseling in their current practicum placements.  Family systems and how they are affected by the presence of a communication disorder will also be explored.  Prerequisite: COSI 352, COSI 413, COSI 452A, and COSI 453

COSI 452C. Graduate Clinical Practicum III: Special Populations (1)
Addresses professional issues in speech-language pathology including case management, special clinical populations, collaborating with other professionals, teaming, leadership, and use of technology. Fifteen to thirty hours of clinic contact per week at area skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehab centers, early intervention centers, centers for developmentally disabled, private practices, etc. (Maximum of 2 credits.) Prerequisite: COSI 352, COSI 452A, COSI 452B, COSI 453, and COSI 456.

COSI 452E. Graduate Clinical Practicum V: Medical Speech Pathology (1)
Addresses professional issues in speech-language pathology including case management, special clinical populations, collaborating with other professionals, documentation, managed health care, and use of technology. Fifteen to thirty hours of clinic contact per week at area skilled nursing facilities, hospitals. (Maximum of 2 credits.) Prerequisite: COSI 352, COSI 452A, COSI 452B, COSI 452C, COSI 453, COSI 456.

COSI 453. Articulation and Phonology Disorders (3)
Overview of normal speech sound development and characterization of children with speech sound disorders. Distinctions between phonology and articulation are drawn. Theoretical as well as assessment and treatment issues are addressed.

COSI 455. Fluency Disorders (3)
Stuttering and related disorders of rhythm and prosody in terms of the symptomatology, etiology, measurement, and treatment of non-fluent speaking behavior.

COSI 456. Child Language Disorders (3)
Nature and characteristics of language disorders in children. Theoretical and clinical issues related to effective intervention with children and their families. Assessment and treatment of disorders of syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Strategies for intervention with children from special populations and multicultural populations. Prerequisite: COSI 413

COSI 457. See COSI 357

COSI 470. Introduction to Audiology (3)
Disorders of hearing; assessment of hearing, including behavioral and objective measures; intervention strategies; identification programs. Prerequisite: COSI 325

COSI 556. Language Disorders (2)
Language and Literacy. 3 Units. This course focuses on research-based theories of reading, cognition, language, and learning disorders in the school-age and adolescent student. Language development of the older child during the school age and adolescent years will be reviewed. Topics include the development of metalinguistic skills, the expanding lexicon, narration and discourse, and advances in syntax and morphology. The relationship of spoken language to literacy will be discussed. The course will examine common language, literacy and learning disabilities during the school age years. The student will explore interventions for word skills, reading decoding and comprehension, oral expression, vocabulary, and written languages as they apply to the Speech Language Pathologist. Assessment and intervention strategies for the school-age child and adolescent with a language/learning disorder are included. The class format includes lectures, discussions of case studies, and experiential learning through the observation of therapy with the school age/adolescent student. Prerequisite: COSI 456

COSI 557. Acquired Adult Language Disorders (3)
A model relating communication impairment to activities of daily living and quality of life will serves as the study of acquired neurogenic communication disorders in adults. The focus will be on dementia, aphasia, and the communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury and right hemisphere stroke. Knowledge about the biological basis of neurogenic communication disorders will be applied in discussion on assessment and intervention for these disorders. Prerequisite: COSI 405 or equivalent

COSI 560. Medical Aspects of Speech Pathology I: Voice Disorders (3)
Aspects of normal and abnormal voice production, evaluation and management of various voice and resonance disorders.

COSI 561. Medical Aspects of Speech Pathology II: Neuromotor and Craniofacial Anomalies (3)
Speech disorders resulting from conditions acting on motor speech production including dysarthria and apraxia will be discussed. The speech production system, diseases and acquired and congenital neuropathological conditions that affect motor process and resulting speech disorders of phonation, articulation, resonance and prosody will be reviewed. Also covered will be the speech, language and hearing disorders stemming from craniofacial anomalies; cleft lip and palate. Principles and methods of assessment and treatment within an interdisciplinary rehabilitation framework will be reviewed for both types of disorders.

COSI 562. Medical Aspects of Speech Pathology III: Dysphagia (3)
Survey of clinical problems involving dysphagia in medical speech pathology. Normal swallowing, pediatric dysphagia, adult dysphagia, the clinical swallowing assessment, the modified barium swallow study, and therapeutic intervention for dysphagia for both adults and children will be addressed.

COSI 580. Aural Rehabilitation (3)
The effects of hearing impairment, especially related to speech perception and language processing. Remediation and intervention strategies for hearing impaired children and adults, including speech reading, auditory training, and the use of hearing aids.

COSI 600. Special Topics:  Augmentative & Alternative Communication (2)
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of augmentative and alternative communication.  Through their participation in reading, class, lab and service learning activities, students will demonstrate an understanding of processes, assessment and intervention in AAC for pediatric and adult patients.

COSI 601. Directed Study and Research (1-6)
Individual study and research under the direction of a faculty member.

COSI 651. Thesis M.A. (1- 6)