Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
100 Clinical Research Services
University of Houston
Houston, Texas 77204-6018

Phone: (713) 743-2897
Fax: (713) 743-2926  

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Courses Offered

This page contains the undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. Please note required and elective courses offered by other departments are not listed on this page.


COMD 2338: Phonetics

This course is designed to teach students the practical skills of phonetic transcription, as well as the application of phonetic principles to speech pathology and speech science. Students will be able to describe normal developmental and anatomical process underlying typical speech behaviors.

COMD 2439: Normal Language Development and Lab

Normal acquisition of speech and language structure including dimensions of hearing from the period of infancy through early adolescence. Lab will involve methods of evaluating speech and language acquisition.

COMD 2376: Anatomy and Physiology for Communication

This class is designed to give you an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the speech systems. Bones, muscles, tissues, and nerves will be discussed as the building blocks of the complex systems that allow us to produce speech. Topics will be discussed in relation to communication & swallowing systems (e.g., respiration, phonation, articulation, mastication/deglutition, and nervous system). Normal function of these systems will be the focus, with illustrations of communication disorders caused by damaged or inefficient systems.

COMD 2385: Speech Science

This course is designed to explore theoretical and physiological aspects of speech production and perception. Contributions of respiratory, laryngeal, velopharyngeal and articulatory systems to speech production will be emphasized. Both physical and speech acoustics will be addressed, as will speech across the life span.

COMD 3375: Speech and Language Disorders in Children

Theories and research related to phonological and language development and disorders in pre-school children. General diagnostic and remedial approaches for children with phonological and language-based problems.

COMD 3380: Professional Writing In Communication Disorders

This course will address three areas of writing: basic mechanics, clinical reports, and research papers necessary to be successful professionally and academically. Note: This course must be taken prior to or concurrently with COMD 3381, completed successfully prior to taking COMD 4382 or COMD 4489. This course is also a prerequisite to having a degree plan signed in the major.

COMD 3381: Fundamentals of Audiology

This course will be in the form of lecture, demonstrations, and a research paper. You will learn the anatomy and physiology of the hearing system, the disorders that can occur in each part of the system, the ways hearing is assessed and how to read an audiogram.

COMD 4333: Neuroscience for Communication Disorders

This course covers neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a focus on neuroscience for communication disorders and swallowing. Mechanisms of brain injury are reviewed. These provide the basis for an introduction to neurogenic communication disorders in adults. Video samples will be used to introduce students to the various disorders.

COMD 4382: Management of Individuals with Hearing Impairment

This course will be in the form of lecture, video, student presentations/discussions, and guest speakers. You will learn the current methods available for assessment and intervention of communication disorders caused by hearing impairment. You will also have the opportunity to consider the controversies surrounding some of these techniques.

COMD 4489: Clinical Procedures

This course is designed to prepare you for graduate level clinic practicum. The course format consists of lecture, assigned readings, quizzes, two midterm examinations, class discussion, proficiency demonstration with a standardized test and an oral mechanism exam, video analysis, and completion of observation hours. The students will obtain skills and knowledge to link didactic learning to clinical experiences. The students will be introduced to clinical methods in speech-language pathology, criterion referenced and norm referenced testing, clinical writing and behavioral observations and objectives.