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Course List

Course sections offered in HESPIE (section #s begin with PBH*) follow the same curriculum, have the same academic rigor, and follow the same academic policies as the University’s degree-seeking undergraduate program. The content of HESPIE sections for these UMD-approved courses—lectures, discussions, and labs—are identical to those sections offered to degree-seeking UMD students.

HESP150: Introduction to Language Science (3 credits). Language science is the scientific study of how humans acquire, use, comprehend, and produce language. Most people in all societies learn and use their native language or languages with apparent ease - but don't be fooled: languages are highly complex, and speaking and understanding language requires some amazing feats of mental acrobatics. Thus there are many opportunities for difficulties with language, which is the focus of our field. Understanding difficulties with speech, language, and hearing require first understanding how processing works when language is successful - the psychological (behavioral) and neurobiological (brain) factors that enable people to learn and use language despite its intricacies, the structure and properties of language itself, and how knowledge of language is acquired, represented, and processed in the mind and brain. Offered Fall.

HESP303: Phonetic Transcription (2 credits). An introduction to broad and narrow phonetic transcription, and to physiology of speech production. The primary goal of the course is to provide knowledge about phonetics and the ability to use this knowledge in an applied setting. Offered Spring.

HESP306: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech & Hearing (4 credits). This is a 4-credit course focusing on the biological and neurological bases of human speech production and human hearing, namely the anatomy, physiology, and neurology of the vocal/speech mechanism and the hearing mechanism. Specifically, respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, swallowing, and hearing will be highlighted. A strong understanding of normal anatomy and physiology is essential for the successful evaluation and treatment of patients with speech, language, swallowing and hearing disorders. Offered Spring.

HESP307: Speech & Hearing Science (4 credits). Prerequisite: HESP303 Human hearing is exquisitely sensitive, allowing us to hear extremely faint sounds, to follow the sounds of a friend's voice in a loud party, and to appreciate subtle differences between words in the language. This course provides an introduction to the basic physics of sound, the acoustic properties of the sounds of speech, and the mechanisms by which those sounds are perceived by the listener. Offered Summer.

HESP313: Neurobiology for Speech and Hearing (2 credits). This course is designed to provide an understanding of normal neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of speech and language. It will also provide preliminary information regarding pathologic processes, especially those affecting speech and language. Offered Summer.

HESP400: Speech and Language Development in Children (3 credits). Prerequisite: Taken after or concurrently with HESP150 Analysis of the normal processes of speech and language development in children. Offered Fall.

HESP402: Language and Phonological Disorders in Children (3 credits). Prerequisite: HESP300 (satisfied by HESP150) and HESP400 Etiology, assessment, and treatment of language and phonological disorders in children. Offered Spring.

HESP411: Introduction to Audiology (3 credits). Prerequisite: HESP306 and HESP307 An introduction to the field of audiology. Evaluation and remediation of hearing handicaps. Offered Fall.

HESP413: Aural Rehabilitation/ Habilitation (3 credits). Prerequisite: HESP306 and HESP307 The fundamental aspects of aural rehabilitation therapy for both adults and children are introduced to students. Class time will consist of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities. Offered Fall.

HESP417: Principles & Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (3 credits). Prerequisite: HESP400 and HESP411 The principles underlying the treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders in children and adults. Offered Spring.

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