Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

First Year Courses

Students must complete all course requirements in order to graduate. All students are enrolled in a predetermined curriculum each term. Please review the progression requirements in order to advance into the second year of the program.

Fall Courses - September to December

CSD 9510y - Principles of Clinical Audiometry (Fall & Winter)

Focus Area: Clinical-Professional

This course will focus on the principles of pediatric and adult audiometric assessment and interpretation of the test results, with an emphasis on detection of hearing loss and determining the site of lesion (differential diagnosis).

CSD 9511y - Applications in Audiometry (Fall & Winter)

Focus Area: Clinical-Professional

This course will cover clinical audiological procedures and interpretation used in the assessment of hearing impairment across the lifespan, and promotes the transition from theory-to-practice. In the Fall semester, the emphasis is on the detection of hearing loss using clinical procedures designed for the adult population, and an introduction to use of the basic audiological test battery for determining the site of lesion (differential diagnosis). In the Winter semester, the emphasis will be on modifications to clinical protocols for special populations, and advanced test protocols. Limitations of the basic, detection oriented battery will also be reviewed. Students will learn through a variety of formats that support knowledge integration and application, including clinical case examples, role-playing, demonstration and hands-on experience with clinical equipment and protocols.

CSD 9512a - Acoustics, Perception, & the Auditory System

Focus Area: Hearing Science, Physiology, Disorders

This course provides an introductory background for understanding sound, its propagation, and the acoustics of rooms and the external ear. Signal filtering and representaitons in time and frequency domains will be introduced. Anatomy of the ear and auditory nervous system will be covered, as well as the function of these systems in the processing of sound. Perception and psychophysics, as well as sound localization will also be studied.

CSD 9513a - Electronics and Instrumentation

Focus Area: Hearing Technologies

This course will cover fundamentals of electricity, electronics, and, digital signal processing within the context of audiological instrumentation (sound level meters, audiometers, OAE equipment, tympanometers, hearing aid analysers). Students will also learn to calibrate and troubleshoot audiological instrumentation.

CSD 9514a - Speech Science for Audiology

Focus Area: SLP Minor Area

The course will cover theory and applications in vocal tract physiology, speech acoustics, and speech perception and application to understanding and assessing communication disorders.

CSD 9520a - Professional Practice I

Focus Area: Clinical-Professional

This is an introductory course in professional and clinical development in the field of audiology. It will include a basic introduction to many of the provincial, federal, professional and regulatory body acts and preferred practice guidelines that define professional behavior in audiology. It will relate these acts to the development of a personal and family-centred philosophy of practice across patient lifespan, and disease process, keeping in mind cultural sensitivities. Format will consist of lectures, potential on line self study units, clinical observation and integration of cases into the classroom setting.

Winter Courses - January to April

CSD 9501b - Audiology Practicum I

First-year students will practice and improve their basic clinical assessment skills during this in-house placement. The goals of this in-house placement in HA Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic placement are for Year 1 students to develop their basic audiological assessment skills and counselling abilities and to reinforce theory-to-practice drawing from concepts covered in concurrent and prerequisite course work.

CSD 9510y - Principles of Clinical Audiometry (continued)

Focus Area: Clinical-Professional

This course will focus on the principles of pediatric and adult audiometric assessment and interpretation of the test results, with an emphasis on detection of hearing loss and determining the site of lesion (differential diagnosis).

CSD 9511y - Applications in Audiometry (continued)

Focus Area: Clinical-Professional

This course will cover clinical audiological procedures and interpretation used in the assessment of hearing impairment across the lifespan, and promotes the transition from theory-to-practice. In the Fall semester, the emphasis is on the detection of hearing loss using clinical procedures designed for the adult population, and an introduction to use of the basic audiological test battery for determining the site of lesion (differential diagnosis). In the Winter semester, the emphasis will be on modifications to clinical protocols for special populations, and advanced test protocols. Limitations of the basic, detection oriented battery will also be reviewed. Students will learn through a variety of formats that support knowledge integration and application, including clinical case examples, role-playing, demonstration and hands-on experience with clinical equipment and protocols.

CSD 9515b - SLP for Audiology

Focus Area: SLP Minor Area

Exploration of phonological, lexical syntactic-morphological, and pragmatic aspects of human communication associated with speech, language, hearing, and related disorders, normal processes of speech and language comprehension and production over the life span.

CSD 9516b - Auditory Evoked Potentials and Emissions

Focus Area: Hearing Science, Physiology, Disorders

This course will cover foundational knowledge for objective physiological measurement of the auditory system using auditory evoked potentials and otoacoustic emissions. Basics common to these measurements will be treated including introductory signal processing (filtering, averaging, time domain and spectral analysis), and the types of acoustic stimuli and their calibration.

CSD 9517b - Physiological Measurement

Focus Area: Hearing Science, Physiology, Disorders

This course will cover practical use of physiological measurements of the auditory system. This will include otoacoustic emissions and auditory evoked potentials elicited from different levels of the auditory nervous system. Measurement setup, data collection, data interpretation, and report writing will be performed.

CSD 9518b - Foundations of Assistive Hearing Technologies

Focus Area: Hearing Technologies

This course will orient students to hearing technologies that assist persons with hearing impairment (hearing aids, assistive listening and alerting devices, implantable technologies). Training in digital signal processing will introduce functions within modern hearing aids. Hands-on training will cover procedures for prescribing and verifying and troubleshooting hearing aids in adults.

CSD 9522b - Professional Practice II

Focus Area: Clinical-Professional

This course provides students with an introduction to basic clinical principles and clinical practice in Audiology. It will focus on the development of professional skills and introductory clinical principles associated with audiological practice. Topics would include infection control, report writing, cerumen management, earmould impressions, an introduction behavioral assessment of children, basic amplification procedures, and Ontario Infant Hearing Program Protocols. Patient-focused clinical care will also be addressed through discussion and reflection of clinical cases encountered during clinical practicum experiences. Participation in the patient case rounds and manufacturers presentations will facilitate the transition from theory-to-practice (students join the Professional Practice IV case/manufacturer rounds for this component of the course).

Summer Courses - June to July

CSD 9502L - Audiology Practicum II

First-year students will be placed at clinical practicum sites within Canada. The external placement is the first-year students’ first experience with a full-time audiological placement. The placement will last approximately 8 weeks and include 30-40 hours of practicum per week. The external placement is intensive and allows the first-year student the opportunity to fine-tune their assessment skills or develop and improve their skills in other aspects of audiology. The nature and extent of professional skill development will depend on the clinical assessment and treatment philosophy of the practicum site.

CSD 9519L - Module Noise 1

In this module, the effects of noise, both auditory and non-auditory, will be reviewed and the mechanisms and clinical features of noise-induced hearing loss will be introduced. Occupational noise exposure legislation and conservation programs, both occupational and non-occupational, will be covered in detail.

CSD 9529L - Module Instrumentation and Calibration

In this module, students will acquire advanced skills through practical activities using various types of instrumentation and performing calibration. Experiential learning using sound level meters and through the calibration of audiometers, immitance, otoacoustic emissions and real ear measurement equipment will be achieved in this final applications course, completed in the Starkey Laboratory at Western.