Speech Communication (SPCOM)

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

SPCOM 103 Speaking and Listening 3(3-0)
Introduces principles of speaking and listening with emphasis on exposition and its application to public speaking. (F,S,SS)

SPCOM 115 Speech Activity I 1(0-4)
On- and off-campus activities including intercollegiate forensic competition, programs for students and public. Communication skill and experience development. May repeat twice for credit. (F,S)

SPCOM 116 Beginning Sign Language 3(3-0)
Introduction to the fundamentals of communicative interaction with and among the deaf by means of hand symbolization. (F)

SPCOM 211 Public Speaking (2-3 VAR)
Emphasis is placed upon audience analysis, proof, and speaker credibility in order to persuade audiences. Application made through classroom presentations and analysis of models. (*)

SPCOM 212 Argumentation 2(2-0)
Argumentation focuses on the methods advocates employ to make rational decisions and to win assent to others’ statements. Particular emphasis on the nature and skills of reasoned discourse. (*)

SPCOM 216 Intermediate Sign Language 3(3-0)
Study and application of the American Sign Language, including conversational skills, gestures and deaf cultures. Prerequisite: SPCOM 116 or permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 221 Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
The principles and skills of speaking applied to informal speaking situations. Topics covered include openness, genuineness, and talking appropriately to people. (*)

SPCOM 231 Oral Interpretation (2-3 VAR)
Basic principles and techniques of oral reading, designed to aid the student in discovering and sharing with an audience the meaning and feeling in literature. (*)

SPCOM 250 Introduction to Communication Disorders 2(2-0)
Survey course about major communicating disorders. Emphasis on classification and descriptions. Covers certification requirements, licensure and professional opportunities. (S)

SPCOM 260 Language Acquisition and Linguistics 3(3-0)
Normal processes of development of language in children, growth of language, including structure, comprehension, use of oral and written language, other symbolic behavior. (F)

SPCOM 261 Voice and Diction 3(3-0)
Voice improvement course for teachers, actors, broadcasters, professional speakers. Emphasis on breath support, phonation, resonation, articulation and pronunciation. Individual attention stressed. (F)

SPCOM 291 Special Topics (1-3 VAR) (*)

SPCOM 295 Independent Study (1-3 VAR)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (*)

SPCOM 312 Persuasion (2-3 VAR)
Examination of the principles and theories of persuasion and their application to persuasive settings. Emphasis on using language to secure belief and action. Prerequisites: SPCOM 211, 212, or permission of instructor. (*)

SPCOM 315 Speech Activity II 1(0-4)
On- and off-campus activities including intercollegiate forensic competition, programs for students and public. Continuation of SPCOM 115. May be repeated twice for credit. (F,S)

SPCOM 324 Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Chest 2(2-0)
Anatomical structures of the head, neck and chest with analysis of development and function. Prerequisite: BIOL 221 or BIOL 223. Corequisite: SPCOM 324L. (F)

SPCOM 324L Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Chest, Computer Dissection 1(0-2)
Computer dissection and examination of the anatomical structure of the head, neck and chest. Corequisite: SPCOM 324. (F)

SPCOM 335 (WS 335) Gender and Communication 3(3-0)
This course examines the ways that gender affects communication behaviors and helps develop an awareness of the processes that affect gender socialization and stereotyping. (SS)

SPCOM 351 Articulation Disorders 2(2-0)
Causation, diagnosis and clinical management of articulation disorders. Prerequisite: SPCOM 250 or permission of instructor. (F)

SPCOM 352 Voice Disorders 2(2-0)
Causation, diagnosis and clinical management of voice disorders. Prerequisite: SPCOM 250 or permission of instructor. (F)

SPCOM 353 Stuttering 2(2-0)
Nature and theories of stuttering with an introduction to therapeutic and counseling procedures utilized in clinical management. Prerequisite: SPCOM 250 or permission of instructor. (F)

SPCOM 361 Phonetics 2(2-0)
Designed to teach the student to identify speech sounds and to transcribe them according to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Prerequisite: SPCOM 261 or permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 365 Basic Audiology 3(3-0)
Introduction to the field of audiology: the ears and hearing. Emphasis on initial battery testing and interpretation of test results. Overview of selected clinical diagnostic tests. Practice in hearing testing is required. Prerequisite: SPCOM 250 or permission of instructor. (F)

SPCOM 451 Aural Rehabilitation 3(3-0)
Detailed study of auditory training procedures and speech reading methods. Discussion of hearing aids included. Prerequisite: SPCOM 365 or permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 452 Diagnosis and Methods in Speech Pathology 2(2-0)
Clinical principles and methods with emphasis on diagnosis and evaluation. Discussion of Federal Law PL 94-142 and the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the communicatively handicapped in the public schools. Experience with clinical tests, therapy materials and diagnostic equipment. Prerequisite: six semester hours in speech pathology or permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 462 Organic Disorders of Speech 3(3-0)
Nature and causes of aphasia, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, and neurological disabilities. Introduction to clinical management of these disorders. Prerequisite: six semester hours in speech pathology or permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 463 Language Disorders in Children 2(2-0)
Study of the cause, nature, and diagnosis of language disorders in children. Introduction to clinical management. Prerequisite: SPCOM 260 or permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 469 Clinical Experience in Communication Disorders 1(0-1)
Supervised clinical practice. Fifty clock hours must be completed to earn one semester hour of credit. May be repeated three times for credit. (S/U grading) Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (F,S,SS)

SPCOM 491 Special Topics (1-3 VAR)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (*)

SPCOM 493 Seminar (1-3 VAR)
Class activity supervised by the department, centering on an advanced level of some aspect of discourse. Credit value assigned according to course objectives. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and permission of instructor. (S)

SPCOM 495 Independent Study (1-3 VAR)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (*)

SPCOM 496 Cooperative Education Placement (1-4 VAR)
Arrangement between employers and faculty members to provide students with an opportunity to earn academic credit and monetary reimbursement for on-the-job training in their field of study. Two placements must occur in academic semesters and one in a summer session for the equivalent of at least 12 months employment. The student must re-enroll each placement term. Twelve credits maximum allowed toward graduation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (*)

GRADUATE COURSES

SPCOM 591 Special Topics (1-3 VAR)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. (*)

SPCOM 595 Independent Study (1-3 VAR)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. (*)