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Required Courses

* 70500 - Speech Science

This is a basic course which includes topics in speech acoustics, articulation, and speech perception.  Lectures and discussions are accompanied by a laboratory in which students learn basic acoustical analysis, direct measurement of articulators and perceptual testing techniques.


* 70600 - Hearing Science

This course will provide a background in the anatomy, mechanics physiology of the auditory periphery (outer, middle and inner ear)  and the anatomy and physiology of the central nervous system, in addition to an introduction to psychoacoustics (the perception of auditory stimuli).  The laboratory experience will consist of acoustic and psychoacoustic research.  Students will be expected to complete experimental tasks using available equipment and write up the results of their experiments.


* 70700 - Language Science

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the theoretical constructs, methods and terminology of the Language Sciences. Students will become familiar with the major theoretical approaches (e.g., Principle and Parameters; Non-linear Phonology), and the principal methods (e.g., grammaticality judgments, psycholinguistic experiments), and the basic terminology (e.g., feature, agreement, prototype, cohesion) used in linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics.


* must take two/three



71900 - Doctoral Research

The overall goal is to provide students with a sound overview of scientific research to prepare them to begin doctoral research.
Students’ ability to apply the scientific method to speech, language, and hearing research will be advanced.
Students will refine their ability to evaluate the research literature, formulate a research question, and develop a research design.


76400 - Instrumentation for Research in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

In this course students are introduced to various pieces of software and hardware, along with laboratory techniques common to research in the speech, language, and hearing sciences.  This course covers the basic principles underlying the generation, recording and analysis of sound.  Through lecture, hands-on experience, and structured experiments, students learn to use the basic tools that are important for research in this field.  The emphasis of the course is on gaining practical, hands-on experience, with a variety of software and hardware. 
The goal of this course is to prepare students to make sound decisions regarding laboratory instrumentation for their research experiments. One way to accomplish this goal is to expose students to hands-on experience with the software, hardware and laboratory techniques that are common to some extent to speech, language, and hearing research.  At completion of the course, students will have an understanding of basic pieces of software, equipment, and laboratory techniques relevant to research in the speech, language, and hearing sciences.


79300 - The Responsible Conduct of Research (Research Ethics)

This course will include discussion and readings concerning ethical and practical issues in the history of the protection of human subjects, current human subject practices, the IRB review process, plagiarism; authorship, intellectual property, conflict of interest, the ethical conduct of research, scientific misconduct, sexual harassment policy, and equal opportunity policies.
(NOTE TO STUDENTS: Students must register for both SPCH79300 AND SPCH79500 and these courses are open only to LEVEL 2 students).


79500 - Professional Issues Seminar

This course focuses on mentor-mentee relationships, writing, revising, and reviewing for publication; grant writing, reviewing, and revising; job hunting and interviewing; and academic career development. Students will gain experience in writing for publication, grant-writing, editing, reviewing, and planning for job searches, interviews and career development.
(NOTE TO STUDENTS: Students must register for both SPCH79300 AND SPCH79500 and these courses are open only to LEVEL 2 students).