Special Summer Opportunities

Our faculty and staff have been developing courses and online learning opportunities, available for summer enrollment. As courses are created, additional information will be listed.



Summer Courses

CS&D 210: The Neural Bases of Communication

This course provides an overview on how the brain controls functions that are related to communication. The learner will acquire knowledge on basic anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, with focus on speech, language, hearing, and cognition. Further, the learner will understand how diseases, trauma, and aging may affect these functions.

The following are the overarching themes that guide the structure and content of the course:

  • Communication is vital for survival and quality of life.
  • Communication is multi-modal and thus the control of communication by the brain is complex.
  • Despite the complexity of the neural control of communication, there are some organizing principles that help us learn how to diagnose and treat disorders of communicative function.
  • Knowing how normal function breaks down with diseases or conditions that affect communication helps to inform and improve diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Use appropriate terminology related to the study of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.
  • Identify key structures of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
  • Describe the basic development of the nervous system.
  • Describe the major components of the vascular and cerebral spinal fluid systems to the brain and spinal cord.
  • Describe the parts of a neuron, as well as the basic neurophysiology of how neurons conduct electrical and chemical signaling within the nervous system.
  • Differentiate between the following in terms of function and impairment: upper motoneurons, lower motoneurons, corticobulbar tract, corticospinal tract.
  • Describe the basic components of the sensorimotor system, including the basal ganglia, cerebellum, thalamus, primary and association cortices, and ascending and descending pathways.
  • Perform a basic cranial nerve exam.
  • Identify the basic neural components of the visual and auditory systems.
  • Describe the major neural components that contribute to speech motor control and how damage to these contributes to motor speech disorders.
  • Identify the major language areas of the brain and describe how patterns of damage contribute to the various manifestations of language disorders.
  • Define higher order functions of the brain and explain how deficits manifest in patients.

Course Specifications

This is an 8-week online course presented in an asynchronous format. This means the learner can work ahead at their own pace, but the instructor will be handling questions and discussions pertaining to activities for the assigned week. The modules are thematic, based on the structure and function of the nervous system as they pertain to communication function and dysfunction.

The course content consists of an introductory audio + PowerPoint recording delivering major themes, accompanied by written course materials/slides from the PowerPoint and assigned readings from the textbook. Links to video examples are also used. An online, interactive brain atlas is also included in this course.

Course Activities

The learner is expected to:

  • Read the learning objectives.
  • Listen to audio + PowerPoint recordings.
  • Read assigned materials and book chapters.
  • Interact with the online brain atlas.
  • Take quizzes and exams.
  • Complete one written assignment that is a critical appraisal of book dealing with a communication disorder.

Learner Assessment

The learner will be assessed over the 8-week course with:

  • 10 quizzes (open book).
  • 3 exams (closed book, drop lowest exam).
  • Written assignment.
  • Comprehensive final exam (closed book but allowed one 8x12 paper with any notes/figures on front and back that will be submitted to the instructors by mail or computer scan).

CS&D 424: Sign Language I

 CSD 424 - Sign Language I Handout Flier

SUMMER Sign Language 1 Course (CSD 424)

What will you learn?

This course allows students to start to develop conversational proficiency in American Sign Language through a linguistic, communicative, and cultural approach. Emphasis is placed on the development of receptive signing skills (along with some expressive skills) and on the acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar. The utility of sign language as a communication modality is also introduced. In addition, this course provides an overview to Deaf and Hard of Hearing culture.