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CSD 094 Fall 2013 Syllabus: Kate Ross MS CCC-SLP
UNIVERSITY of VERMONTContinuing EducationSLP Prerequisite ProgramCSD 094: The Development of Spoken Language(3 credits)Online Fall 2013
Instructor: Class Dates:
Kate Ross, MS, CCC-SLP August 26 December 13, 2013
802-229-0296 (home office)Kathleen.ross@uvm.edu 
Course Description
 Development of Spoken Language
focuses on the nature of speech andlanguage development from infancy through school years. It examines thedevelopmental progression of phonology, syntax, semantics, morphology and pragmaticsas well as various theoretical perspectives on communication development. Theimportance of family and relationships in children’s communication acquisition isemphasized. This course will provide a discussion of children’s individual differences inacquiring communication, including cultural aspects of first and second languageacquisition, and an overview of communication disorders. The connections between oralspeech, language and early literacy development are examined, leading to later literacyskills acquisition. This course is offered as a prerequisite course for students applying to agraduate program in communication science and disorders.
Course Objectives
This course will help students develop an understanding of:
the theories, processes, principles, and nature of communicationdevelopment,
the developmental progression of phonology, syntax, semantics,morphology, and pragmatics,
individual differences in communication acquisition, including anoverview of disorders,
the cultural and linguistic issues of second language acquisition,
the connections between oral speech, language and early literacydevelopment,
the developmental course of emergent literacy skills
Required Text and Readings
Hulit, Lloyd M., Merle R Howard, & Kathleen Fahey (2011).
 Born to Talk An Introduction to Speech and Language Development (5
Boston, MA: PearsonEducation, Inc.
Supplemental readings will be assigned throughout the course as needed.
Readings are to be completed
the day assigned to prepare for the lecture.
CSD 094 Fall 2013 Syllabus: Kate Ross MS CCC-SLP
Policy on Academic Honesty
Students are encouraged to review the University’s policy on academic honesty describedin the
Cat’s Tale
to which they will be fully accountable in this course. This can be found onlineat:http://www.uvm.edu/~dosa/handbook/?Page=Academic.html 
Academic Integrity Code:
Students will be responsible for understanding the four standards of academic integritydescribed on the UVM Dean of Students website:http://www.uvm.edu/~dosaand will be fullyaccountable for these:
 plagiarism, fabrication, collusion, and cheating
. Violations of this codewill be reported to the Academic Integrity Council and appropriate consequences will bedetermined.
Student Accommodations
It is the responsibility of all students seeking disability accommodations to self-identifyby contacting the appropriate Certifying Office and supplying adequate and comprehensivedocumentation of the disability. Students are encouraged to self-identify as early as possible.Accommodations cannot be made retroactively. For further information contact the ACCESSoffice (Accommodation, Consultation, Collaboration & Educational Support Services) at 802-656-7753 or online:http://www.uvm.edu/~access/  
Religious Holidays
Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Students shouldsubmit in writing to the instructors by the end of the second full week of classes theirdocumented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Students who miss class work for the purpose of religious observance should make arrangements with the courseinstructor to make up any work that they might miss.
Student Course Evaluation
As a matter of professional responsibility, all students are expected to complete acourse/instructor evaluation at the end of the semester. Evaluations will be anonymousand confidential.
Copying Course Materials
Consistent with the University of Vermont’s policy on intellectual property rights,teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited to classroom lectures, notes, exams,handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore, electronic recordingand/or transmission of classes or class notes are prohibited without the express written permissionof the instructor. Such permission is to be considered unique to the needs of an individual student(e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license for permanent retention or electronic dissemination toothers.
Expectations and Requirements and Late Assignments
Class participation is mandatory
 and will be evidenced through weekly online discussion groups, quizzes, and/or assignments.
The quality of work produced to fulfill  the course assignments will affect your grade. Late assignments will be graded accordingly – one point will be deducted for each day late.
Disclosure of Grades
This course follows the guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA).
CSD 094 Fall 2013 Syllabus: Kate Ross MS CCC-SLP
Assignments (Specific instructions for assignments are on Blackboard)
Weekly Discussion Groups (14 @ 10 points each = 140 points)
There will be weekly discussion board questions, including small group work,with related questions to the week’s lectures & readings posted on Blackboard on
Mondays at 8:00 AM.
You are expected to respond to these questions by
of that week. You will then post to two other student’s responses by
Sunday midnight
– creating discussion thread
DUE by Sunday each week.
Quizzes (3 @ 20 points each = 60 points)
There will be three quizzes on weekly lectures/readings/power point information.Quizzes will be short answer: multiple choice, true/false, and/or short essay.
Due by Sunday midnight of assigned week.
Communication Observation/Analysis of an 18 36 month old child (50 points)
You will observe an 18 – 36 month old child for at least an hour in a setting youchoose (ex. childcare, home, preschool). You will analyze your observationfindings and write a summary report relating to the information you’ve learned inclass lecture & readings, including outside research to support.
 Be sure to includeinformation relating to receptive and expressive language, how the child relates to others, pragmatic skills, and cognition skills as they relate to communication aninclude in your summary how you feel the child is developing as a ‘whole child’.
Written summary report will be at least 500 words.
DUE October 13, 2013
 Language Sample Analysis of 3 – 5 year old (50 points)
You will receive an assigned language sample from me that you will analyze forthe speech & language components you’ve been learning about in recent chapters.You will write a summary of your analysis relating to the information you’velearned in class lecture & readings, including outside research to support. Thiswritten summary report will be at least 500 words.
 DUE October 27, 2013
Speech & Language Connections to Literacy Development (50 points)
You will research and analyze the connections between speech & languagedevelopment and early literacy skills (methods of research are provided oninstructions). You will summarize your findings relating to information you’velearned in class lectures & readings, including outside research to support. Thewritten report will be at least 500 words.
DUE November 10, 2013
 Review of Research and Literature (50 points)
You will research and analyze at least three per topic professional journal articlesor books, relating to:a.
cultural aspects within communication development
a communication disorder
You may choose articles provided by the instructor as Additional Handouts, butyou need to read at least three per topic. The summary papers will relate toinformation you’ve learned in class lectures & readings and be at least 500 wordsper topic.
DUE December 8, 2013

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