MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
Course Syllabus Outline
DEPARTMENT: Wellness and Therapeutic Sciences
Division of Communication Disorders
COURSE NUMBER: CDI 620
CREDIT HOURS: 3
I. TITLE: Phonological Disorders
II. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Course will include advanced training in diagnosis and
treatment of phonological disorders. Includes an extensive review of current literature.
III. PURPOSE: The purpose of this course is to provide students with the advanced
knowledge and skills necessary to treat speech-sound disorders in children.
IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of current literature in the field related to
the physiological basis of speech sound production (1)
phonological development (1)
language and dialectal variations (1)
factors related to speech sound disorders (3)
assessment of speech sound disorders (4)
historical and current intervention practices (1)
2. The ability to synthesize literature in oral and written form (MSU 1)
3. The ability to apply current literature to the clinical process (8)
4. The ability to distinguish between speech sound disorders and non-standard dialects
5. Analyze a phonological sample and set appropriate targets (3,4)
6. The ability to plan and carry out treatment for children with speech sound disorders.
V. CONTENT OUTLINE:
2. Critical Thinking
4. Theories of phonological development
5. Normal phonological development
6. Factors related to disordered sound systems
7. Review of anatomy and physiology of speech sound production
8. Assessment of disordered speech
a. Phonological processes
b. Phonological knowledge
c. Standardized testing
d. Multicultural issues
e. Differential diagnosis
VI. INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES: This class makes use of class meetings and internet
(Blackboard) including supplemental CD, will also include lecture, forum discussion,
readings, cooperative learning groups, and student projects.
VII. REQUIREMENTS: Students are expected to complete all assignments and assessments.
Timely and continual participation in all internet and face-to-face activities is expected.
Attendance at face-to-face meetings is required.
VIII. FIELD AND CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: None
IX. INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: A compact disc will be provided to each student.
Additional resources are available through the Kentucky Virtual Library.
1. Forum Discussions: Three graded forums—20 points each (grading rubric will be
2. Group Presentations (on line): Three presentations—25 points each (grading rubric will
3. Article Critique: One critique—20 points (Detailed instructions will be provided)
4. Assessments: 10 on-line assessments –30 points each. Essay and multiple-choice
5. Forum discussion participation: 5 points each
6. Final examination: 50 points—essay examination
Total points possible--555
XI. TEXT AND REFERENCES:
See attached reference list. All readings will be on the class compact disc..
XII. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY: Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person’s
material as one’s own), or doing work for another person which will receive academic
credit are all impermissible. This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or
other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination, the unauthorized
copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers, or the presentation of
unacknowledged material as if it were the student’s own work. Disciplinary action may be
taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the
course in which the cheating took place.
XIII. PREREQUISITES: Admission to graduate study in speech language pathology
XIV. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Students are expected to attend all classes and to participate
on the internet as directed.
e expected to attend all classes and to participate
on the internet as directed.