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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPA6307

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-11-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: GC approved 11/1/10; Approved full council 11/15/10. To SCNS 11/30/10. SCNS approved effective 1/15/11. Posted in banner.

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2364 2010-08-05
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication Sciences and Disorders BC 0000001219000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Jennifer Lister 9749712

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SPA 6307 Speech Perception and Sensorineural Hearing loss

    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)
    Speech Percept. & Hearing Loss
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    SPA 5120, SPA 5303


    Course Description

    The course will provide an overview of the factors involved in quantifying speech perception ability in listeners with normal and impaired hearing.

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for accreditation

    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?

    All Doctor of Audiology Students are required to take the course.

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

    Yes, 3 or more times

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

    Experience in the topic area.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1.To enable the student to gain an understanding of the history of speech perception research as well as the factors that affect measurement of speech perception.

    2.To enable the student to gain an understanding of historical and current methods of quantifying speech recognition thresholds, word recognition ability in quiet and speech recognition in noise and to gain an understanding of the importance of these measures in listeners with hearing loss.

    3.To enable the student to understand the effects of hearing loss on speech perception and its implications for communication functioning.

    4.To enable the student to relate knowledge of speech perception to the application of clinical tests of speech understanding.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    KASA Standard B6:

    Phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of human communication associated with hearing impairment.

    KASA Standard B7:

    Normal processes of speech and language production and perception over the life span.

    C. Major Topics

    Factors Affecting Measurement

    Psychometric functions


    Factors Affecting Measurement

    Presentation Mode

    Response Mode

    Presentation Level

    Factors Affecting Measurement




    Speech Recognition Thresholds

    Speech Recognition in Quiet

    Sentences & Context

    Speech Recognition in Noise

    Degraded Speech pt 1

    Interrupted Noise

    Masking-level difference

    Degraded Speech pt 2

    Filtered speech

    Time-compressed speech

    Reverberant speech

    Degraded Speech pt 3

    Dichotic Speech – CVs, Digits

    Binaural Fusion – Spectral, Temporal

    D. Textbooks


    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Updated annually. Current articles in the area.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    225 Total Possible Points:

    Exam 1 – 50 points

    Exam 2 – 50 points

    Final Exam – 50 points

    Pop Quizzes– 25 points (5 points per quiz, 5 total quizzes given at random)

    Class participation– 50 points (5 points per class on the 10 nights we have discussion classes, excluding the first lecture)


    97-100% = A+ 87-89.9% = B+

    93-96.9% = A 83-86.9% = B

    90-92.9% = A- 80-82.9% = B-

    and so on in the same manner for C, D.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    ASSIGNMENTS: Students are required to complete the assigned readings for a topic prior to the class for which the topic is listed. A reading guide will be posted on Blackboard for each class to help highlight important items in each article. Written answers to the questions in the reading guides will not be collected, however, verbal responses in class will be required.

    In addition, each week you will be responsible for bringing to class one question or response of your own per required article that is of interest to you. Remember more than 20% of your grade is dependent on class participation.

    H. Attendance Policy

    ATTENDANCE POLICY: Attendance in class is required. Any absences should be discussed with the instructor in advance. If you need to be absent due to medical reasons (yours or your immediate family's) on a test day or a day that an assignment is due, please provide a physician's note and notify me prior to class. Participation points can be earned for an excused absence by turning in written responses to the reading guide questions that pertain to the topic covered the night of the absence. The written responses are due prior to the next class meeting. If you are absent due to an unexcused absence you will not be allowed to make up the participation points.

    RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES: Students are expected to notify their instructors at the beginning of each academic term if they intend to be absent for a class or announced examination. Students absent for religious reasons, as noticed to the instructor at the beginning of each academic term, will be given reasonable opportunities to make up any work missed. For further information, please refer to:

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Participation points can be earned for an excused absence by turning in written responses to the reading guide questions that pertain to the topic covered the night of the absence. The written responses are due prior to the next class meeting.

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY/ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers constitutes unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. Disruption of the classroom or teaching environment is also unacceptable. The University of South Florida has very specific policies and procedures regarding academic dishonesty or disruption of academic process.

    If you have any questions, please refer to the University’s Academic Dishonesty policy at

    • Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty or Disruption:


    • Student Academic Grievance Procedures --

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Doctor of Audiology

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Speech-Language Pathology, Special Education

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