CDIS 5040 Adult Language Disorders Syllabus:
Spring 2006

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A study of the clinical characteristics of aphasia and related communication disorders in adults with emphasis on differential diagnosis and treatment. An information-processing model provides a theoretical basis for treatment. Neuroanatomy and associated neurological symptoms are included. Treatment efficacy issues are researched.

COURSE MATERIALS

Required Texts

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

Other materials

COURSE OUTCOMES

Students completing CDIS 5040 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 adults with language disorders (ASHA IIIE)
  4. knowledge of processes used in research and the integration of research principles into evidence-based practice in the management of adult language disorders (ASHA IIIF)
  5. knowledge of contemporary professional issues related to the management of adult language disorders (ASHA IIIG)

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Expectations

Students should commit 10 hours per week for this 3 semester hour course:

  • class meetings: 3 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 adult language disorders. Details. 100 points.
  2. Presentations. All students will contribute to the community of practice by presenting a content unit. Details. 100 points.
  3. Quizzes. Ten on-line chapter quizzes are linked from the course schedule below. Each quiz is worth up to 10 points, with the scores on the two lowest quizzes dropped. Thus, students can earn a maximum of 80 points on quizzes.
  4. Exam. A comprehensive take-home final exam will be administered. 150 points.

Extra Credit

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

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Course Schedule

Date

Topic

Readings

Related Assignments

Jan 19, 26

  • Course Overview
  • WHO Framework
  • Anatomic and Neurologic Support for Language
  • Diversity in Normal Adult Communication
  • Continuum of care
  • Evidence based practice

Brookshire Ch 1
Course Pack:
Intro | Anatomy | Cont of Care | EBP

Language Sample Project Draft Due Feb 2
Chapter 1 Quiz

Feb 2, 9 Aphasia Brookshire Ch 4
Course Pack: Aphasia
Chapter 4 Quiz

Feb 23

Assessment for aphasia

Brookshire: Ch 2, 3, 5

Language Assessment Report Draft Due Mar 16
Chapter 2 Quiz
Chapter 3 Quiz
Chapter 5 Quiz

Mar 2, 16 Management of aphasia Brookshire: Ch 6, 7 Aphasia Treatment Plan Draft Due Mar 16
Chapter 6 Quiz
Chapter 7 Quiz
Mar 23, 30 Right Hemisphere Syndrome Brookshire: Ch 8 Student Presentations
Chapter 8 Quiz
Apr 6, 13 TBI Brookshire: Ch 8 Student Presentations
Chapter 9 Quiz

Apr 20, 27

Dementia Brookshire: Ch 10

Student Presentations
Chapter 10 Quiz

May 5     Final Draft Projects Due
All Quizzes Due

Final Exam Due (Outcomes #1 - 6)

 

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