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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPA6417

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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
    1565 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 6417 Communication + Cognition in Traumatic BrainInjury

    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)
    Comm. + Cog. in TBI
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Permission of Instructor


    Course Description

    This course focuses on theoretical foundations of the study and management of neurocognitive disorders associated with right brain damage and traumatic brain injury, with special attention to major differences between focal and diffuse brain pathology.

  3. Justification

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

    This course will provide students seeking a Masterís degree in Speech-Language Pathology with the knowledge required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

    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 Masterís program. It is essential for students who desire to work in medical settings upon graduation. Approximately half of our graduate students take this course. It also would be of interest to students for whom traumatic brain injury (TBI) and right brain damage (RBD) is a primary aspect of their profession, like nursing and medicine.

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

    6 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 TBI/RBD treatment. 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 what is currently understood of relationships between language and normal/abnormal brain neuroanatomy and physiology, 2) describe, compare and contrast the epidemiology and pathophysiology of focal RBD and TBI, 3) describe appropriate assessment strategies for major areas of cognition in individuals with RHD and TBI, 4) describe current issues in language and cognitive rehabilitation after RHD and TBI including psychological, psychosocial, pragmatic, and multimodal communication issues.

    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

    Theoretical Explanations of Right Hemisphere and TBI Cognitive/Communicative Disorders, Symptomology and Anatomical Correlates of RBD and TBI, Communication in RBD and TBI, Assessment of Individuals with RBD and TBI, Treatment of RBD and TBI.

    D. Textbooks

    Meyers, P.S. (1999). Right hemisphere damage. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group, Inc.

    Sohlberg, M.M. & Mateer, C.A. (2001). Cognitive rehabilitation. New York: The Guilford Press.

    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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