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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPA6564

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-06-03
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1564 2008-06-12
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication Sciences and Disorders BC USF01TPA121900 10000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Ruth Bahr 43182

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SPA 6564 Seminar in Aging, Cognition, and Communication

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Sem. in Aging, Cog., and Comm.
    Course Online? Percentage Online





    Course Description

    This course focuses on the interdependence of communication and cognition in older adults, emphasizing relationships among physical health, social context, cognition, and communication.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course will provide the students with the knowledge base needed to work with those older adults who have cognitive impairments based on healthy aging and pathological conditions.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is an elective for those students in our Master’s program. It provides essential information for students who desire to work with the elderly upon graduation. This course also would be of interest to students who would like to focus their clinical practice on clients who are older adults.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    5 times

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    The minimum qualifications, set out by our accrediting agency, are a PhD with an emphasis in aging and related treatment/rehabilitation. Clinical experience in this area is helpful.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to: (1) describe the demographic characteristics, developmental processes, and medical advances, environmental factors, and reimbursement trends contributing to cognitive/communicative needs of older adults, 2) outline differences between “healthy” aging processes and pathological conditions affecting communication and cognition in older adults, 3) choose appropriate assessment instruments and strategies for the differential diagnosis of cognitive/communicative impairments in older adults, 4) access and describe appropriate direct and indirect management strategies for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing conditions, and other diseases/disorders of older adulthood, 5) describe common issues for caregivers dealing with older adults and demonstrate awareness of strategies for assisting caregivers of older adults with cognitive/communicative problems, 6) demonstrate knowledge of academic references, professional specialty groups, and community resources available for the study of aging, cognition and communication and management of communication disorders in older adulthood, 7) critically read and evaluate references and resources on cognition and communication in older adults.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    This course is designed to provide a knowledge and skills acquisition (KASA) experience for students who are preparing to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    C. Major Topics

    Framework for Studying Cognition and Communication in Older Adults, Healthy Aging – Physiological Changes in the Body, Healthy Aging – Cognition –Focus on Attention, Memory and Executive Functions, Healthy Aging – Speech & Language, Communication and Cognition in Context, Pathological Aging Conditions Associated with Cognitive/Communicative Disorders, Cognitive/Communicative Screening and In-Depth Assessment of Older Adults, Treatment of Dementia: Indirect and Direct Approaches, Dementia - Focus on Caregiver Needs

    D. Textbooks

    Park, D. & Schwartz, N. (2001). Cognitive aging: A primer. New York: Psychology Press.

    Shadden, B. & Toner, M. A. (1997). Aging and communication: For clinicians by clinicians. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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