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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPA5120
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-01-10
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-09-16
  2. Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 1219-000-00
  5. Contact Person: Arthur M. Guilford, Ph.D.
  6. Phone: 49790
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SPA
  9. Number: 5120
  10. Full Title: Psychoacoustics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Psychoacoustics
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: No Prerequisites
  23. Corequisites: N/A
  24. Course Description: Relationship between physical auditory stimuli and psychological response. Human perception of intensity, loudness, frequency, and pitch. Impact of cochlear hearing loss and age on auditory perception. Measurement of auditory perception.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course is necessary for the new Doctor of Audiology program.
  26. 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 part of a required sequence. It will service others courses such as: Audiology Instrumentation, Speech Perception, Principles of Amplification I and II, Hearing Conservation, and Electrophysiology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Au.D. or Ph.D. Degree
  29. Objectives: The relationship between physical auditory stimuli and the psychological response to that stimuli. Normal human monaural and binaural perception of intensity, loudness, frequency, and pitch. The impact of cochlear hearing loss and age on auditory perception. Classical and modern techniques for measurement of auditory perception.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Have a basic understanding of classical and modern psychoacoustic measurement techniques.

    2. Develop a working knowledge of the theory of signal detection.

    3. Understand principles of absolute and differential sensitivity for auditory stimuli.

    4. Develop a working knowledge of classical research in psychoacoustics.

    5. Be able to apply classical and modern psychoacoustical findings to current clinical techniques.

    6. Understand the implications of cochlear hearing loss and age on absolute and differential sensitivity, pitch and loudness perception, temporal resolution, and binaural hearing.

  31. Major Topics: Introduction and Classical Methods; Signal Detection Theory; Scaling and Review Absolute/Differential Sensitivity and Cochlear Hearing Loss; Temporal Resolution and Cochlear Hearing Loss; Masking, Critical Bands and Cochlear Hearing Loss; Pitch and Loudness and Cochlear Hearing Loss; Binaural Hearing and Cochlear Hearing Loss.
  32. Textbooks: Gelfand, S.A. (1998). Hearing: An Introduction to Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, 3rd Edition, Marcel Dekker, Inc. AND Moore, B.C.J (1998) Cochlear Hearing Loss, Whurr Publishers Ltd.

    Recommended text: Yost, W.A. (2000) Fundamentals of Hearing: An Introduction, 4th Edition, Academic Press, Inc.

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