Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers the following courses to undergraduate students who are interested in Auiololgy or Speech Language Pathology and are considering graduate studies in either field. Consult Western's Academic Calendar for more information or contact the Academic Counsellor

CSD 3317 - Biomedical Signal Analysis

0.5 credit

An introduction to the basics of conditioning and analyzing physiological signals measured from the human body. Topics include linear systems and signals, filtering, removing artifacts, averaging, and time and frequency representations. Students will learn some MathWorks MATLAB programing to complete signal analysis exercises.

CSD 4411 - Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders

0.5 credit

Students will be introduced to the full range of speech, language, swallowing, hearing, and cognitive-communication disorders seen by speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Topics include: areas of practice for speech-language pathologists and audiologists; fundamental anatomical and neuroanatomical structures involved in speech, language, hearing, and swallowing; normal speech, language, and communication development; epidemiology, etiology, symptomology, assessment and treatment of communication and related disorders in children and adults.

CSD 4417 - Hearing Science

0.5 credit

The study of human hearing from acoustics to the physiological and psychological correlates of sound. Topics include physical acoustics, anatomy, physiology, sensitivity, masking, loudness, pitch, binaural phenomena, and auditory streams. Course activities provide experience in acoustical calculations and psychoacoustic experimentation and data analysis.

CSD 4439 - Language Aquisition

0.5 credit

This course covers typical language acquisition, including syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, and phonology, as well as literacy development in young children from infancy through the early school age. Key aspects in the development of both language production and comprehension are reviewed with a strong emphasis on understanding how children learn and the role of the context in which they learn. The primary aim will be to provide a fundamental understanding of language development that will serve as a foundation for coursework in childhood language impairments and clinical practicum.

Course Objectives

  1. To establish a foundation of the significant language/communication behaviors for both production and comprehension.
  2. To establish an understanding of the development and linkage between oral and written language.
  3. To establish and refine knowledge of English grammar such that it may be applied to the description of children’s developing language.
  4. To learn a computerized linguistic analysis program to be utilized as a tool to describe young children’s language development.