Course Descriptions

Graduate Level Courses

CODS 5030

Articulation and Phonological Disorders

This course examines both typical and disordered phonetic/phonological development in children, the nature of nonorganic articulation and phonological disorders, as well as their evaluation, and intervention. Issues related to therapy for non-mainstream and non-native speakers of English and to oral motor therapy are addressed.

CODS 5060

Fluency Disorders

This course covers topics related to fluency and typical fluency development, the nature of fluency disorders, assessment, and intervention. Various theories of the etiology of stuttering are considered. Prevention and early detection of stuttering is also addressed.

CODS 5500

Diagnostic Methods in Communication Disorders

This course introduces students to the components of the assesment process for children and adults with communication disorders including: planning an assessment, obtaining case history information, interviewing, behavior sampling measures and data collection, interpreting and syntehsizing reports, counseling and writing diagnostic reports. The student reviews and critiques a variety of assessment measures, is exposed to psychometric considerations in test design and selection, and presents limitations and design modifications needed in assessing non-mainstream speakers.

CODS 5510

Diagnostic Practicum I

This course provides guided clinical practicum hours in assessment of speech and language disorders in children and adults.  Students plan and carry out diagnostic assessments.  Students will attend pre-assessment planning seminars and post assessment analysis seminars.

CODS 6030

Voice Disorders

This course examines various types of vocal fold pathologies and disorders of resonance, their causes and acoustic manifestations. Intervention strategies are addressed, as are techniques for the evaluation and analysis of normal and abnormal vocal fold functioning and resonance.

CODS 6050

Acquired Language Disorders in Adults

This course examines the linguistic and cognitive deficits associated with acquired brain dysfunction in adults. The neurological basis of these deficits and their differential diagnosis, classification, and intervention are covered.

CODS 6100

Cleft Palate 

This course studies the incidence, etiologies, symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and therapeutic techniques involved in providing services for cleft lip and palate in children and adults. Emphasis is on evaluation, decision-making, and medical, surgical, dental, and therapeutic interventions through team collaboration.

CODS 6110

Swallowing and Feeding Disorders

This course covers assessment and intervention for swallowing disorders. The implementation of clinical examination procedures and interpretation of instrumental diagnostic procedures are addressed. Both instructional strategies for rehabilitation and compensatory feeding strategies are covered.

CODS 6210

Language Acquisition

This course examines theories, stages, developmental sequences, and processes related to first language acquisition during the preschool years. The social, communicative, and cognitive bases of early language are also discussed. Language development in school-age children is briefly surveyed. Issues related to dialects and bilingualism are also considered.

CODS 6220

Motor Speech Disorders

This course examines the neurological bases of acquired and congenital motor speech disorders (dysarthria and apraxia) and the accompanying physiological and acoustic characteristics that result from damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems. Principles and procedures for the assessment and remediation of motor speech disorders are covered. Topics related to alternative and augmentative communication systems will be discussed.

CODS 6300

Language Disorders in Children Birth to Five

This course examines the communicative behaviors of at-risk and language disordered infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It describes assessment and intervention strategies appropriate for treating children with language disorders between birth and five-years-old.

CODS 6310

Language Disorders in School-age Children and Adolescents

The purpose of this course is to provide information about the assessment and treatment of school-age children and adolescents with language disorders. A variety of assessment methods is explored. Includes information relating to team collaboration with teachers and other professionals. Strategies for providing intervention related to the curriculum are discussed. The connection between language and literacy development is addressed.

CODS 6420

Speech Science

This course covers the acoustics of speech, including the application of these areas to speech-disordered populations. The content includes a discussion of current technology available for speech analysis and procedures used to perform basic acoustic analysis.

CODS 6510

Diagnostic Practicum II

This course provides clinical practicum hours in the assessment of speech and language in children and adults. Students will plan and carry out diagnostic assessments.

CODS 6520

Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

This course provides clinical practicum hours in the therapeutic management of speech and language disorders.

CODS 6530

Externship Practicum

Externship practicum takes place at a facility where services are provided by an agency other than the Department of Communication Disorders at WPUNJ. Clinical experience is provided in either an educational setting or at a health care facility.

CODS 6600

Auditory Processing Disorders

This course covers the nature and clinical management of auditory processing disorders. The administration and interpretation of tests used in the differential diagnosis of peripheral and central auditory disorders are also addressed.

CODS 6750

Acquired Cognitive Disorders

This course examines the linguistic and cognitive deficits associated with acquired dementia, traumatic brain injury and right hemisphere damage in adults and children. The neurological bases of these deficits and their differential diagnosis, classification, and rehabilitation will be covered.

CODS 6760

Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder. It includes information relating to the speech and language characteristics and related characteristics (sensory, cognitive,behavioral) of the disorder. The course describes the diagnostic issues, philosophical issues, and intervention techniques. The spectrum of social disorders including Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) and Asperger's Syndrome will be discussed.

CODS 6800

Research Methods in Communication Disorders

This course will develop skills for planning a research project, evaluating existing research, and writing a research report. A variety of single subject and group designs will be presented. Issues related to validity, reliability, statistical analysis, interpretation, and ethics will be examined.

CODS 6810

Research Seminar I


This seminar will guide students in developing a research project under the direction of a faculty member.  Students will meet in group seminars and receive instruction in planning a research project and writing the literature review and methods and materials sections.

CODS 6900

Statistical Principles for Research in Communication Disorders


This course examines statistical concepts relevant to clinical research in communication sciences and disorders. Students collect data and learn how to perform statistical analyses as well as to read printouts generated by a statistical software package.

CODS 6910

Research Seminar II


This seminar will guide the student in completing a research project under the direction of a faculty member.  Students will meet in group seminars and will receive instruction in collecting and analyzing data and writing the results and the discussion sections of their research projects.