Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Kimberly Green, Interim Director

Academic Complex, Room 104C    
Phone: 270-745-4541; Fax: 270-745-3441
Website: http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders   

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers an undergraduate major in Communication Disorders, a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, a minor in American Sign Language, and a Deaf Studies Certificate. Additionally, the pre-SLP program consists of a series of courses that prepare students without an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders to apply to graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology.

The undergraduate Communication Disorders program provides broad-based instruction to prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, and related fields. Students who complete the undergraduate program receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders and must complete a master’s degree to practice speech-language pathology and a Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) to practice audiology.

The graduate degree program in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for the clinical practice of speech-language pathology. A certified speech-language pathologist works with both children and adults to evaluate and diagnose disorders associated with speech, language, cognition, communication, and swallowing.  The Speech-Language Pathology graduate program has two cohorts, one offered on the Bowling Green Campus and one distance-learning cohort that is primarily offered online but with one required summer clinical experience on the Bowling Green Campus.

The minor in American Sign Language provides students with communication competency in a visual language and an understanding of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture. A Deaf Studies Certificate will broaden a student’s knowledge of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, with an emphasis on Deaf Culture. The Deaf Studies Certificate will not qualify students to become licensed interpreters.

Students in the pre-SLP program must have an undergraduate degree from a field other than communication disorders at the time they begin taking courses in the pre-SLP program. The pre-SLP program is a fully online distance-learning program.

Students considering a major in Communication Disorders, a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, a minor in American Sign Language, a Deaf Studies Certificate, or the pre-SLP program, should contact the appropriate program director for admission timelines, requirements, and advisement.

Faculty

Associate Professor

Lauren E. Bland PhD (Communication Disorders), University of Cincinnati Main Campus, 1995

Barbara R. Brindle PhD (Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology), University of Virginia, 1994

Kimberly J. Green EdD (Educational Leadership, Postsecondary Leadership), Western Kentucky University, 2015

Assistant Professor

Jenny M. Burton PhD (Communication Disorders and Sciences), University of Cincinnati Main Campus, 2019

Ashley C. Fox PhD (Educational Leadership and Organizational Development), University of Louisville, 2010

Brian K. Weiler PhD (Hearing and Speech Sciences), Vanderbilt University, 2016

Clinical Assistant Professor

Brittney R. Vickous MS (Communication Disorders), Western Kentucky University, 2011

Clinical Associate Professor

Jeffrey A. Barefoot AUD (Audiology), A T Still University of Health Scien, 2013

Courtney A. Hatcher PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences), University of Kentucky, 2017

Leisa S. Hutchison MSED (Special Education, Speech and Communication Disorders), University of Kentucky, 1986

Leigh Anne Roden EdD (Educational Leadership, P-12 Leadership), Western Kentucky University, 2011

Instructor I

Holly B. Bryant MAE (Counseling), Western Kentucky University, 2015

Instructor II

Janice C. Smith PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences), University of Kentucky, 2015

American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL 101    American Sign Language I    3 Hours

Principles, methods, and techniques for communicating with individuals who sign. Topics include expressive and receptive sign skills, manual alphabet, numbers, and sign vocabulary. Off campus experiences are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

ASL 102    American Sign Language II    3 Hours

Continuation and expansion of principles, methods and techniques for communicating with individuals who sign. Off-campus experiences are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better. Note: Permission of instructor maybe required.

Prerequisite(s): (CD 101 with a minimum grade of C or CDCC 101C with a minimum grade of C or ASL 101 with a minimum grade of C or High School 2 years ASL)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

ASL 201    American Sign Language III    3 Hours

Development of intermediate expressive and receptive ASL skills and cultural features of the language and community. Off-campus experiences are required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated and assigned sites. The class will be conducted without voice to enhance comprehension of the language. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better. Note: CLEP test may be required.

Prerequisite(s): (CD 102 with a minimum grade of C or CDCC 102C with a minimum grade of C or ASL 102 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

ASL 301    American Sign Language IV    3 Hours

The fourth in the four semester sequence which continues training in American Sign Language (ASL) and study of the Deaf Community. Expressive, receptive, and affective skills will be the primary focus with an emphasis on receptive skills. The class will be conducted without voice to enhance comprehension of the language. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite(s): (CD 201 with a minimum grade of C or ASL 201 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

ASL 302    Deaf Culture in America    3 Hours

Provides analysis of the sociological, cultural and political impacts of deafness and compares various dynamics between Deaf and Hearing cultures in the United States. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

ASL 303    International Deaf Studies    3 Hours

Expands the student's global understanding and knowledge of language, culture, education, law, technology, services provided and careers for the deaf and hard of hearing in other countries. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

ASL 306    American Sign Language Classifiers    3 Hours

Provides an in-depth analysis of classifiers in ASL through discussion and demonstration of the three different categories in ASL: representative classifiers (noun and its action), descriptive classifiers (size-and-shape, perimeter, patterns and textures), and instrumental classifiers (manipulative and handle). Students will learn to comprehend and produce classifiers from all three categories. The class will be conducted in American Sign Language to enhance comprehension.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 301 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ASL 309    ASL Specialized Vocabulary    3 Hours

Supplements a student's American Sign Language (ASL) conversational skills by introducing terms and phrases which are found in specialized settings. The class will be conducted in American Sign Language to enhance comprehension.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 301 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

ASL 401    Fingerspelling    3 Hours

This course will serve to supplement a student's American Sign Language (ASL) conversational skills. Receptive and expressive fingerspelling course content will serve to further strengthen the student's use of this language. In addition, the course will also focus on aspects and applications of incorporating numerals into use of ASL in a variety of contexts. The class will be conducted without voice to enhance comprehension of the language.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 102 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

ASL 402    ASL Professional Ethics and Issues    3 Hours

Professional and ethical issues as they relate to interpreting and transliterating. In addition, students will become familiar with applicable terminology and procedures when interacting with the Deaf Community. Topics are based on information needed for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf certification tests.

Prerequisite(s): (CD 201 with a minimum grade of C or ASL 201 with a minimum grade of C)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ASL 403    Deaf Culture and History    3 Hours

An overview of the psychological, sociological and cultural impacts of deafness upon children and adults. Explores how deafness can affect the individual's development in language, communication, cognition, and psychological emotional growth. Examines historic relations between Deaf and hearing and compares Deaf culture with that of the hearing world. A voice interpreter will be provided for this class.

Prerequisite(s): (CD 102 with a minimum grade of C or CDCC 102C with a minimum grade of C or ASL 102 with a minimum grade of C)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

ASL 406    ASL Special Topics    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

An in-depth examination of a current topic and relevance in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

Prerequisite(s): ASL 102

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Communication Disorders (CD)

CD 200    Cross Cultural Health Care Encounters    1 Hour

Provides the opportunity to understand and analyze cross-cultural issues related to communication that emerge in health care settings, particularly during a patient-provider encounter.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CD 210    Communication Disorders in Linguistically Diverse Populations    3 Hours

Foundation for the identification, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders in clients from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CD 220    Implementing and Managing a Language Access Service    3 Hours

Implementation and maintenance of successful language access services in health care facilities. Addresses the legal and administrative aspects of language access programs and services.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CD 230    Medical Interpreting Skills    3 Hours

Introduces and builds the skills necessary for a bilingual student to become a professional medical interpreter. It also examines the various roles of the professional medical interpreter. Note: Score of "intermediate-high or above on American Council on Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL) is required; Information regarding this test and fees can be found at www.actfl.org.

Prerequisite(s): AH 290

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CD 280    Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders    3 Hours

Orientation course to the profession introduces prospective students of speech pathology and audiology to the general areas of prevention, identification, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment as related to the management of communication disorders. Includes a basic introduction to the anatomy, physiology, and etiologies of the ear.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CD 290    Introduction to Clinical Experience    1 Hour

Provides speech pathology/audiology students with opportunities to observe a minimum of 25 hours of treatment for communication disorders in children and adults.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CD 347    Science of Speech and Hearing    3 Hours

Overview of the linguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic variables of speech and hearing. Basic orientation to instruments for measuring acoustic parameters.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

CD 348    Introduction to Clinical Research and Writing in Communication Sciences and Disorders    3 Hours

Introduction to clinical research methods and writing for professional reports and publication in speech language pathology and audiology. The course provides an overview of discipline specific research strategies, methods, and goals of clinical research. A primer in scientific and professional writing for speech language pathology specific clinical settings and journals is also covered.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CD 405    Applied Phonetics    3 Hours

Study of distinctive feature systems that classify consonants and vowels, the definitions of phonological process terminology, and practice in broad and narrow transcription of words and connected speech.

Prerequisite(s): CD 280 and CD 290

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CD 433    Communication Evaluation in Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Communication diagnostic considerations employed when assessing language in individuals with diagnoses along the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continuum; formal and descriptive assessment is presented with case study methodology.

Prerequisite(s): CD 485

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CD 434    Communication Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Communication intervention considerations and evidence-based strategies are presented for individuals diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continuum; use of evidence-based strategies and case study methodology.

Prerequisite(s): CD 433

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

CD 472    Special Topics in Communication Disorders    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

An in-depth examination of a topic of current interest and relevance to students majoring in Communication Disorders or minoring in ASL.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

CD 478    Clinical Issues and Treatment in Speech Language Pathology    3 Hours

Overview of specified speech and language disorders that may be encountered in a clinical setting. Outcomes based treatment will be discussed.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CD 481    Speech and Language Development    3 Hours

Introduction to development of speech and language across the lifespan with emphasis on comprehensive child development. Topics include development of speech and language, play, cognition, socialization, and emerging literacy.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; fall 2019; summer 2020; fall 2020; summer 2021; fall 2021

CD 482    Audiology    3 Hours

Review basic speech science, ear anatomy, physiology and pathology. Training in auditory testing by speech, pure tone, and bone conduction. Testing techniques for pediatric populations.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; fall 2019; summer 2020; fall 2020; summer 2021; fall 2021

CD 483    Introduction to Disorders of Articulation and Phonology    3 Hours

Study of the etiology, evaluation, and management of phonological process proficiency in children. Includes dialectal and bilingual differences. Stresses proficiency in administering protocols and planning therapy using several approaches.

Prerequisite(s): CD 405

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CD 484    Speech Anatomy and Physiology    3 Hours

Designed to help students identify the structures and functions which comprise the speech and hearing mechanism. The relation of this mechanism to the production and development of speech and language will be addressed.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CD 485    Introduction to Assessment in Communication Disorders    3 Hours

Focus on assessment using standardized and nonstandardized screening and diagnostic instruments. Development of formal and informal evaluation techniques common to speech pathology/audiology. Overview of data gathering and interpretation regarding communication functions in persons of all ages. Includes multi-cultural assessment tools and methods.

Prerequisite(s): CD 405 and CD 481 and CD 484

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021

CD 486    Language Disorders    3 Hours

Identification, diagnosis, and treatment approaches used with language delayed children. Covers current state and federal legislation as related to service delivery models. Evaluation strategies include language sampling and report writing. Treatment approaches based on medical and educational models with emphasis on functional language therapy.

Prerequisite(s): CD 405 and CD 481 and CD 484

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CD 487    Aural Rehabilitation    3 Hours

Includes terminology, diagnostic procedures (with emphasis on early identification) and habilitation/rehabilitation programs such as manual and total communication for pediatric through geriatric populations.

Prerequisite(s): CD 482

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CD 488    Augmentative Communication Systems    3 Hours

Focus on terminology and issues in alternative/augmentative communication. Teaches about various nonelectrical and electrical communication aids and techniques with special emphasis on rationale for device selection based on client needs. Dismissal summaries. Student must maintain availability for clinic assignments of Tuesdays and Thursdays. Student must maintain availability Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Supervised clinical experience, including experience with individual and group therapy.

Prerequisite(s): CD 405 and CD 481 and CD 483 and CD 485 and CD 486

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CD 489    Communication Disorders in Aging    3 Hours

Teaches about symptoms, causes, and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders in the geriatric population.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

CD 490    Connecting with Nonverbal Communicators    3 Hours

Overview of preverbal communication development, nonverbal expression, and disorders associated with complex syndromes. Focus is on language intervention strategies used with individuals who have complex syndromes and/or medical conditions.

Prerequisite(s): CD 481 and CD 486

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CD 491    Management of Communication Disorders in the School    3 Hours

Focus on assessment techniques; therapy approaches; case selection; scheduling; program planning; program evaluation; and federal, state and local legislation for school support services. Also addresses service delivery to culturally diverse populations.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CD 492    Neuroanatomy in Communication Sciences and Disorders    3 Hours

Introduction to the study of brain, central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system and its relation to the field of communication sciences and disorders. Normal and abnormal development will be addressed. Diagnostic procedures and intervention techniques are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): CD 482 and CD 484

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

CD 495    Clinical Internship    2,3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

Introduction to therapeutic process by beginning the transition from theory to practice. Clinical documentation; therapeutic planning and implementation; and case study analysis are addressed.

Prerequisite(s): CD 478 and CD 483 and CD 485 and CD 486 and CD 487

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

CD 496    International Speech Pathology    3 Hours

A study abroad course that provides students with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of speech pathology services in other countries. Emphasis on the identification of different methodologies employed by clinicians in other countries for treating communication disorders in adults and children.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Communication Disorders (595) or Communication Disorders- Prep (595P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019