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Communicative Disorders Program Information


Speech pathology and audiology are two separate, but closely related professions that study communication disorders. The field is a broad one that provides services from infancy throughout life. Communication disorders are categorized into articulation, language, fluency, voice, and hearing impairment. They may be learned, psychological or physiological. A speech pathologist evaluates individuals referred for screening for possible communication disorders. If one is found the speech pathologist works with the client, the faculty and other persons to design a remediation program. An audiologist assesses hearing and balance functions often working closely with physicians to determine medical and non medical treatment options.
The speech pathology curriculum at UL Lafayette offers a variety of courses in communicative disorders, representing areas of anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, language development, phonetics, speech science, and begin the study of speech, language and hearing disorders. In order to obtain this degree, students must take 39 hours in communicative disorders and must also earn an 18 hour "minor" in another field that is in some way related to speech pathology or the student's career interests. The curriculum also requires courses in such areas as math (including statistics), English, the arts, humanities, the biological and physical sciences, psychology, modern language and computer science. This coursework serves as a basis for the student to pursue graduate study in speech and language pathology, the speech sciences, and further graduate work in applied language and speech sciences.
A complete listing of course requirements is available in PDF.
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2005-2007 / 2007-2009 / 2009-2011 / 2011-2013 / 2013-2015

101.  Manual Communication I. (3, 0, 3). Signing in exact English as a beginning level sign language course in manual communication.

102.  Manual Communication II. (3, 0, 3).
Signing in exact English as a beginning level course in manual communication. Prereq: CODI 101 or permission of Department Head.

118.  Introduction to Communicative Disorders. (3, 0, 3)
. History of the profession. A study of disorders of speech, language and hearing, including etiology, diagnosis and management.

219.  Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism.
(3, 0, 3). An intensive study of the structural anatomy and physiology of the human communicative system.

220.  Phonetics. (3, 0, 3).
Study of and training in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet; transcription of the English language and analysis of the phonetic structure of human speech.

221.  Introduction to Communicative Science. (3, 0, 3).
  An introduction to the study of the acoustic speech signal and the physiological aspects of how that signal is produced; introduction to laboratory instrumentation used in speech and hearing research.  Prereq:  CODI 219 or permission of instructor.

274.  Normal Speech and Language Development. (3, 0, 3).
Linguistic processes in the normally developing child; quantitative and qualitative methodologies for studying speech and language development. Restr: Not available to CODI majors. Student may not apply both CODI 274 and CODI 275 to degree plan.

275. Language Acquisition. (3, 0, 3). Language acquisition in normally developing children. Data gathering and analysis methods in language development. Restr: CODI majors onlly. Students may not applly both CODI 274 and CODI to degree plan.

302.  Directed Clinical Observation. (3, 0, 3).
Supervised observation of a client in the clinical setting.  Includes instruction in clinical methods and documentation of intervention results.  Prereq:  CODI 274, 323 or 384, upper division, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.  Restr:  CODI majors only.

310.  Analysis of Social Action. (3, 0, 3). Linguistic, gestural and interactional strategies used in human communication. Discovery procedures and analyses that allow a view of authentic social activity. Supervised direct observations required. Restr: Upper division, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major. CODI majors only.

323.  Disorders of Articulation and Phonology. (3, 0, 3). A study of methods and procedures for identification, evaluation and management of functional and organically-based articulatory disorders in children and adults. Prereq: CODI 118, 220, upper division, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.  Restr:  CODI or Speech, Language, Hearing Specialist majors only. 

382.  Audiology I. (3, 0, 3).
Includes study of the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of the auditory system; theories of hearing, methodology of hearing setting.  Prereq:  CODI 219, 221, upper division, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.  CODI majors only.

384.  Language Pathology in Children. (3, 0, 3).
A clinical study of language development and disorders in children with emphasis on pathology, evaluation, and management. Prereq: CODI 219, 274, upper division, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.  Restr:  CODI or Speech, Language, Hearing Specialist majors only.

386.  Audiology II. (3, 0, 3).
Emphasis on auditory and visual perception of speech by the hearing impaired; educational methods for hearing impaired children; speech and language characteristics of the hearing impaired; and introduction to hearing aid characteristics and performance.  Prereq:  CODI 382, upper division, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.  Restr:  CODI majors only. 

To enroll in any 400-level course, students must be admitted to the Upper Division; to enroll in a 400(G)-level course in which there are graduate students, students must have junior or higher standing.

400.  Central Auditory Processing. (3, 0, 3). 
Study of the processing of the acoustic stimulus by the normal and disordered central auditory system; evaluation and management procedures applicable to adults and children.  Prereq:  CODI 382.

401.  Clinical Practicum. (1, 4, 3).
Disorders of articulation and/or language development, application of assessment and habilitation/rehabilitation procedures, clinical record keeping.  Prereq:  CODI 302, 323, 384, upper division and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.  Restr:  CODI majors only. 

419.  Neurophysiology. (3, 0, 3). 
An in-depth study of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as they relate to speech-language development, the receptive and expressive aspects of the speech and language code; the diagnostic significance of lesions in the various regions of the nervous system.  Prereq:  CODI 219 or permission of instructor, and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major. CODI majors only.

441.  Fluency and Voice. (3, 0, 3).
A study of normal aspects of fluency and voice as a basis for assessment and treatment of voice and fluency disorders.  Focus is on anatomical, physiological, acoustic and theoretical models. Restr: Upper division and a GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major. CODI majors only.

491.  Management of Communicative Disorders in Schools and Related Settings. (3, 0, 3).
The organization and administration of speech and hearing programs in schools and rehabilitative settings: federal and state legal requirements, development of the I. E. P., roles and functional relationships of allied disciplines; survey of therapy designs and service delivery models in speech and language pathology.  Prereq:  GPA of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in the major.

497.  Special Projects. (1-3).
An in-depth directed study of contemporary literature in an area of communicative disorders. Prereq: Senior standing and permission of Department Head. Variable credit; may be repeated.
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Department of Communicative Disorders
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
P. O. Box 43170
Lafayette, LA 70504-3170

Office located in Burke-Hawthorne Hall, Room 236
Phone: (337) 482-6721
Fax: (337) 482-6195
Email: rharris@louisiana.edu

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