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Spring 1985


Course syllabus for CDIS 816 History, Philosophy and Professional Aspects of Communication Disorders

Course description: Initially we will consider the origins and history of speech-language pathology and audiology, i.e., the communicative disorders profession with special reference to its University of Iowa origins. Also, ASHA's statement of purpose, by-laws, code of ethics, and requirements for certification in both speech-language pathology and audiology will be considered. Finally, basic and specific issues in the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology services will be discussed. Periodically, invited speakers practicing in speech-language pathology and audiology will discuss their roles, responsibilities, work settings, and professional concerns with the class. In addition to discussing the private practice work setting, I will also address other current and possible future needs, trends, problems; and directions in this profession. The last one-third or more of this course will be taken up with individual seminar-like student presentations. Each student will present both a minor oral presentation (with accompanying written summary), and a major oral presentation (with accompanying summary and based upon research for a formal written term paper) concerned with some aspect of the history, philosophy, and/or professional aspects of the communicative disorders profession.