Pre-Clinical Coursework

Note: As part of UMass' response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all courses will be offered in a fully remote format in the Fall 2020 Semester. If a course is listed below as "face-to-face," it will meet synchronously online. If the course is listed as "online," it will meet asynchronously online.

Introduction to Communication Disorders

Number:  Comm-Dis 100

Credits:  4

Offered: Online: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 (Session 2)

Description: A survey of communication development and disorders across the lifespan.  A multicultural perspective will be used to explore the etiologies, symptoms, and social implications of the various disorders of language, speech and hearing. .

Anatomy and Physiology I: The Speech and Hearing Mechanisms

Number:  Comm-Dis 211

Credits:  3

Offered: Online: Spring 2021, Face-to-face: Fall 2020 (Lecture, with accompanying laboratory)

Description: The anatomical and physiological bases of normal speech and hearing processes, including respiration, phonation, articulation, and hearing. Knowledge gained serves as a prerequisite for understanding disorders of these systems.

Anatomy and Physiology II:  Neurological Bases of Speech, Language and Hearing

Number:  Comm-Dis 212

Credits:  3

Offered:  Face-to-face: Spring 2021 (Lecture)

Description: This course is designed for undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Disorders.  The course content serves as an introduction to neuroscience as it relates to speech, language, and hearing.  The focus of this course is on the structure of the human brain and the spinal cord and on the functional organization of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Your learning experience will be supplemented by the use of interactive digital atlases to learn the gross anatomy of the major neural systems underlying sensory, motor, and cognitive function. Consideration and analysis of clinical cases representing a variety of neurological disorders will provide the means for consolidating your understanding of functional neuroanatomy. In-class experiences will be organized around the principles of team-based learning.

Expected Prerequisite: Comm-Dis 211 Anatomy & Physiology I: The Speech and Hearing Mechanism or equivalent

Phonetic Processing

Number:  Comm-Dis 213

Credits:  3

Offered: Online: Fall 2020, Face-to-face: Spring 2021 (Lecture)

The sound system of English and, to a lesser extent, those of other languages. Phonemes, allophones, phonological rules, and historical changes in the English language. Phonetic universals in comparison to English phonetics. Reading and writing English words and sentences using the International Phonetic Alphabet, including special symbols used for coarticulation, dialects, disorders, and infant vocalizations.

Introduction to Hearing Science

Number:  Comm-Dis 214

Credits:  3

Offered: Face-to-face: Spring 2021 (Lecture). Not offered Online.

Description: Time and frequency description of acoustic signals. Physiology of the peripheral and central auditory systems. Topics in psychoacoustics, including methodology, absolute and differential sensitivity, loudness, pitch, frequency and intensity resolution, and binaural hearing. 

Speech and Language Development

Number:  Comm-Dis 301

Credits:  3

Offered: Multi-modal (fully online or online-face-to-face hybrid), Fall 2020

Description: The emergence of speech and language milestones in English-speaking children with emphasis on the development of phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics, and how these aspects of language may be influenced by cognitive development. 

Introduction to Speech Sci

Number:  Comm-Dis 312

Credits:  3

Offered: Online: Fall 2020,  Face-to-face: Spring 2021 (Lecture)

Description: The acoustic characteristics of speech, their analysis, and their relevance for speech perception.

Expected prerequisites: Comm-Dis 211 Anatomy & Physiology 1: The Speech and Hearing Mechanism, Comm-Dis 213 Phonetics, or equivalents

Introduction to Audiology

Number:  Comm-Dis 313


Credits:  3

Offered: Online: Spring 2021, Face-to-face: Fall 2020 (Lecture)

Description: Introduction to hearing disorders, assessment and rehabilitation. 

Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation

Number:  Comm-Dis 316


Credits:  3

Offered: Online: Summer 2021 (Session 1), Face-to-face: Spring 2021 (Lecture)

Description: Information on options available for managing children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Early intervention, communication strategies, amplification options, and psychosocial issues.

Expected prerequisites: Comm-Dis 313 Introduction to Audiology or equivalent.

Speech and Language Disorders

Number:  Comm-Dis 415

Credits:  3

Offered: Online: Spring 2021, Face-to-face: Fall 2020 (Lecture)

Description: An introduction to selected impairments of speech and language in children and adults. Content varies according to the instructor.

IS- Clinical Observation

Number:  Comm-Dis 496K

Individualized Study

Credits:  1

Offered: Online only: Fall, 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 (Session 1)

Description: Practical approaches to client management through clinical observation in speech/language pathology or audiology.