Fall 2005


Overview of normal and age-, gender-, and culture-related differences in adult communication and upper aerodigestive function. Behavioral characteristics, neuropathology, and etiologies of aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, and dysphagia will be described, giving special consideration to the impairments, activity limitations, and participation restriction related to these disorders.


Required Texts

  • Brookshire, R. H. (2003). Introduction to neurogenic communication disorders (6th Ed). St. Louis: Mosby.

Other materials

  • A CD-ROM and printed coursepack will be available for purchase through the LRE office.
  • Additional information and/or materials will be posted on the class web site


Students completing CD 5731 will achieve the following outcomes:

  1. knowledge of basic human communication, including its biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and cultural bases (ASHA IIIB)
  2. knowledge of the nature of aphasia and other adult language disorders, including their etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and cultural correlates (ASHA IIIC)
  3. knowledge of standards of ethical conduct governing provision of services to individuals with aphasia (ASHA IIIE)
  4. knowledge of processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based practice in the management of aphasia (ASHA IIIF)
  5. knowledge of contemporary professional issues related to the management of aphasia (ASHA IIIG)


General Expectations

According to the guidelines set forth by the Communication Disorders Program, students should commit 10 hours per week for each 3 semester hour course. The following are my expectations for the time commitments for the course:

  • class meetings: 2.5 hours per week
  • reading, studying, and reviewing: 3 - 4 hours per week
  • homework: 3 - 4 hours per week

Specific Requirements

  1. Projects. Each student will complete several projects related to normal adult communication and neurogenic communication disorders. Details. 100 points.
  2. Service Learning. All students will participate in a service learning project. Details. 50 points.
  3. Presentations. All students will contribute to the community of practice by presenting a content unit. Details. 50 points.
  4. Quizzes and Exams. Two in-class quizzes will be administered (see course schedule below). Each quiz will be worth 25 points. A comprehensive final exam (take-home) is worth 150 points.

Extra Credit

Students may earn up to 20 extra points by completing extra credit projects described on the extra credit page .





Below 78%

Course Schedule




Related Assignments

Aug 25
Sept 1

Course Overview
WHO Framework
Anatomic and Neurologic Support for Communication and Swallowing

Brookshire Ch 1
Course Pack:
Intro | Anatomy
CD-ROM Anatomy

Pre-tests (not for grade)

Sept 8

Diversity in Normal Adult Communication

CD-ROM Functional Systems

Language Sample Project Draft Due Sept 15

Sept 15, 22 Aphasia Brookshire Ch 4
Course Pack: Aphasia
CD-ROM Disorders: Aphasia
Quiz #1 (Outcome #1): Normal Communication

Sept 29, Oct 6

Assessment of adult language

Brookshire: Ch 2, 3, 5

Language Assessment Report Draft Due Oct 13

Oct 13, 20 Management of aphasia Brookshire: Ch 6, 7 Aphasia Treatment Plan Draft Due Oct 27
Oct 27 Other adult language disorders Brookshire: Ch 8, 9, 10

Student Presentations
Right Hemisphere: Hollie and Harmoine
Dementia and Alzheimers: Emily and Kate

Nov 3, 10

Etiologies and Pathophysiology

CD-ROM: Etiologies

Student Presentations
TBI: Kate and Wendy (11/3)
Parkinsons: Sarah and Sally (11/3)
ALS: Carrie and Melissa (11/10)
Stroke: Alisa and Heather (11/10)
Quiz #2 (Outcome #2): Adult Language Disorders

Nov 17, 24 ASHA Convention
Thanksgiving Holiday
  No class meeting
Dec 1, 8

Clinical Processes: Continuum of care, evidence based practice, documentation, counseling

Coursepack: Cont of Care | EBP

Dec 8     Final Draft Projects Due
Final Exam Due (Outcomes #1 - 6)


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