Sequence of Study

Normally students will follow the sequence of study outlined below for the course-based option.

First Year, Fall Term

September - December

CSD 501: Clinical Research Methods
Investigation of strategies for demonstrating scientifically the impact of clinical intervention programs, both for accountability and for contributing to the knowledge base regarding effective treatment.

CSD 502: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
Lectures and laboratories provide a systematic study of the gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, and physiology of the respiratory, phonatory, resonatory, and articulatory subsystems as related to speech production and swallowing.

CSD 505: Speech Science
Study of theoretical and applied aspects of acoustic phonetics, speech perception and speech production, including theory and application of methods (physiological, acoustic and perceptual) to record and analyze speech behaviors.

CSD 507: Phonological Disorders
Study of the nature, assessment and remediation of speech sound disorders in children.  Practical experience in assessment and remediation will be provided through video observation and laboratory experiences.

CSD 511: Child Language Development and Assessment
A study of principles and procedures in the assessment and identification of language disorders in children, informed by a review of typical language development. Focus on the nature and characteristics of language disorders and a comprehensive approach to assessment.  Video examples and laboratory experiences provide practical exposure to observation, standardized tests, and language sampling.

REHAB 501: Introduction to Interprofessional Practice
Introduction to interprofessional (IP) health care competencies. Students will gain foundational knowledge and skills for IP practice.

 

First Year, Winter Term

January - April

CSD 509: Motor Speech Disorders
Study of dysarthria and dyspraxia (congenital and acquired) including the nature of their underlying neuropathologies, methods of instrumental and perceptual assessment, and systematic instrumental and behavioral management strategies.

CSD 518: Remediation of Child Language Disorders
A study of approaches to the remediation of language disorders in children.  Discussion of the purposes and general principles of intervention provides a framework for understanding specific techniques and programs.  Video examples and laboratory experiences provide opportunities to observe intervention and develop intervention goals and activities.

CSD 520: Adult Language Disorders
Study of acquired aphasia including the nature of the underlying neuropathologies, methods of differential diagnosis and comprehensive assessment, and clinically-pertinent behavioral management strategies. Students will develop their understanding of the course material via a series of clinical problem solving and treatment planning exercises.

CSD 527: Language and Literacy
Study of language development in school-age children and adolescents, with focus on the relations between oral language, reading, and writing; and implications for language assessment and intervention.

CSD 528: Fluency Disorders
A study of the cause, characteristics, impact and treatment of stuttering in children, teens and adults.

REHAB 502: Indigenous Health - Interprofessional Practice
This course is offered in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.  Students will be introduced to contemporary issues, cultural safety and interprofessional practices relevant to Indigenous health in Canada.

First Year, Spring & Summer

May - July

CSD 516: Diagnosis and Appraisal of Communication Disorders
A study of the principles and practices underlying the assessment process in communication disorders, from file review through treatment planning. Theory, principles, and evidence for approaches to counseling in rehabilitation and application of techniques for interviewing and counseling.

CSD 523: Augmentative/Alternative Communications Systems
An introduction to augmentative/alternative communication, including aided and unaided strategies and systems.  Assessment and intervention processes for individuals with complex communication needs.

CSD 524: Introduction to Clinical Practicum I
Practical application of clinical procedures under direct supervision. Normally, students will possess an academic background enabling them to assume direct treatment responsibilities with children and adults having disorders of articulation and/or language. A minimum of 48 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued.  Seminar content will include topics of clinical and/or professional significance such as ethics, health law, private practice, goal setting and data collection.  Flexibility in seminar topics will accommodate new topics as they arise.

Second Year, Fall Term

September - December

CSD 517: Hearing and Hearing Disorders
Study of basic hearing science, including anatomy and physiology, symptoms, etiology and prognosis of hearing disorders as well as basic audiometric testing.  The course also covers the treatment strategies, counselling considerations and aural (re)habilitation for children and adults with hearing loss.

CSD 521: Dysphagia
Lectures and demonstrations provide a systematic study of normal and abnormal eating and swallowing in children and adults, including diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia across age spans and conditions. 

CSD 525: Introduction to Clinical Practicum II
Continued practical application of clinical procedures under direct supervision. Normally, students will acquire experience with alternative service delivery models such as group treatment. A minimum of 25 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued.

CSD 526: Voice and Resonance Disorders
A study of etiologic factors involved in voice and resonance disorders and the use of that information to diagnose and provide rehabilitation. Research review relevant to rehabilitation and etiology will be discussed.

CSD 529: Adult Language Disorders II
Study of conditions (other than aphasia) affecting language, social, and cognitive functioning in adults, including traumatic brain injury, dementia, and right hemisphere dysfunction, and issues related to the aging process. Nature of underlying neuropathologies and their implications for differential diagnosis, assessment, and management will be addressed.

CSD 570: Elective
A variety of topics will be offered.  Students can register in these for credit toward the MScSLP requirement of 2 credits in elective coursework.  Course title is variable; course may be repeated.

Second Year, Winter Term

January - April

CSD 532: Advanced Clinical Practicum
Full-time, supervised clinical practice normally for a period of 6 weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. A minimum of 75 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued.

CSD 533: Advanced Clinical Practicum
Full-time, supervised clinical practice normally for a period of 6 weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. A minimum of 75 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued.

Second Year, Spring & Summer

May - July

CSD 540: Advanced Clinical Practicum
Full-time, supervised clinical practice normally for a period of 6 weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. A minimum of 75 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued.

CSD 541: Advanced Clinical Practicum
Full-time, supervised clinical practice normally for a period of 6 weeks in an approved clinical service facility. Students will have completed all academic course work and will be prepared to work with a broad range of communication disorders under reduced supervision. A minimum of 75 direct contact hours as well as simulated and indirect contact hours will be accrued.

CSD 900: Directed Research Project
Required capping exercise for the MScSLP program (course-based stream).  Intended to develop students' inquiry, reflection, critical thinking, collaboration, scholarship and information dissemination skills through a supervised experience in the disciplined investigation of a problem.