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BBS4032 Neuroscience of human speech and language
An introduction to the neurological bases of normal speech and language perception, production and use.
Instructor: Karen Froud

BBS5060 Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise
A review of the physiology of muscle contraction in addition to in-depth discussion of topics related to the field which include: the relationship between muscle activation and respiration during exercise, muscle fatigue, eccentric versus concentric contractions and adaptation to strength training.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBS5068 Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system
An introduction to communication within the nervous system and functional brain neuroanatomy. Examination of chemical circuits in the brain and associated pathologies, such as Parkinson’s disease, Tourettes, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.
Instructor: Andrew Gordon

BBS5069 Brain and behavior II: Perception, emotion, memory and cognition
An introduction to brain processes associated with perception, emotion, memory and cognition. Consequences of damage to these neurobehavioral processes are examined through reading and discussion of clinical case studies.

BBSQ4030 Speech science
This course presents a kinesiologic approach to the study of phonetics and the phonetics of physiologic impairment. Includes practice in use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and other descriptive systems.

BBSQ4031 Anatomy and physiology for speech, language and hearing
This course teaches the basic structures and functions of the articulatory, vocal, respiratory, and nervous systems and applies this information to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology.

BBSQ4040 Speech and language disorders
Discussion of speech and language disorders and of remedial procedures. For speech pathology-audiology majors with-out academic background in speech and hearing and students in language arts, psychology, guidance, special education, childhood education, health education, nursing education, physical and occupational therapy, and dental hygiene.
Instructor: John Saxman

BBSQ4042 Audiology
This course covers acoustics, anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, pure tone and speech audiometry, types and communication effects of hearing loss, amplification, and immitance.

Instructor: Honor O'Malley

BBSQ4046 Introduction to augmentative and alternative communication
This introductory course will provide a comprehensive overview of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). A thorough examination of the assessment and therapeutic processes will be presented. Emphasis will be placed upon individuals exhibiting severe communication disorders secondary to congenital/acquired cognitive and motor impairments. Low and high-tech AAC systems will be discussed and demonstrated.

BBSQ4047 Early motor behaviors in children: Normal and abnormal
Study of normal and abnormal development of sensory-motor speech processes and related oral motor behaviors; etiology, diagnosis, and management of pre-speech and eating pathologies in infants and severely handicapped individuals from an early intervention perspective.

BBSQ4900 Rsch-Indp Stdy-Lng-Sp Path-Aud

Instructor: Catherine Crowley

BBSQ5041 School speech-language-hearing programs
Analyzes the impact of federal and state laws on service delivery in school setting. Develops skills to meet the needs of students with communication-disorders with the full range of disabilities, including working with other professionals to assist children in accessing the general curriculum.

BBSQ5044 Speech and language perception and processing
CSD Majors take course for 2 points only. Examination of the models proposed to explain speech perception and discussion of the research that assigns a special role to speech and language.
Instructor: Honor O'Malley

BBSQ5111 Assessment and evaluation
Prerequisites: A course in normal language development and a course in Language Disorders in Children. Studies use of published tests, technology, and alternative and curriculum-based strategies in assessment. Focuses on the impact of bilingualism and sociolinguistics on the assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse clients across the lifespan, covering the full range of disabilities.
Instructor: Catherine Crowley

BBSQ5112 Articulation disorders
Prerequisites: Phonetics course. Study of phonological rule disorders and disorders associated with functional and various structural and neurological problems. Critical analysis of research in etiology, testing, and therapy.
Instructor: Karen Froud

BBSQ5113 Voice disorders
Prerequisite: BBSQ 4031 or equivalent. Study of voice disorders associated with functional, structural, endocrinological, and neurological problems. Analysis of recent research and evidence-based approaches to voice therapy.
Instructor: Georgia Malandraki

BBSQ5114 Stuttering and other fluency disorders
This course examines the nature of stuttering and other fluency disorders across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on assessment, intervention, and prevention.
Instructor: Georgia Malandraki

BBSQ5115 Language disorders in children
Prerequisites: A course in normal language development. Language disorders in children, including native English speakers and children from culturally and linguistically diverse homes, covering the full range of disabilities. Course covers birth through late adolescence and includes impact of language disorders on language acquisition, literacy development, and uses of technology.
Instructor: Catherine Crowley

BBSQ5116 Language disorders in adults
Prerequisite: BBS 4032 Neuroscience or equivalent. Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the etiology, assessment, classification, and treatment of aphasia and other communication disorders in adulthood.
Instructor: Karen Froud

BBSQ5118 Cleft palate and speech habilitation
Etiology and symptomatology of the communication impairment associated with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial disorders. The role of the speech pathologist in the multidisciplinary approach to total habilitation of children and adults.

BBSQ5119 Alaryngeal speech
Survey of medical and surgical treatments for laryngeal carcinoma. Analysis of physiologic, acoustic, and psychosocial aspects of alaryngeal speech. Study of therapeutic methods.

BBSQ5120 Communication disorders in bilingual/bicultural children
Study of effect of bilingualism, bilingual education, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and multicultural perspectives in education on the communication disordered child. Considers appropriate assessment and treatment to ensure optimal academic success for English Language Learners, bidialectal, and bicultural children with communication disorders, covering the full range of disabilities.
Instructor: Catherine Crowley

BBSQ5125 Clinical approaches to aural habilitation of children
Prerequisite: BBSQ 4042 Audiology or equivalent. This class examines clinical procedures available to audiologists, speech pathologists and deaf educators for implementing speech-reading, auditory training, and speech-language therapy for the hard-of-hearing child. Use of amplification and counseling approaches.

BBSQ5129 Audiological concepts and principles
Prerequisite: BBSQ 4042 Audiology or equivalent. This course covers auditory pathologies, electrophysiological (ABR), and electracoustical (OAE) tests. Tests of central auditory function, controversial issues in audition.

Instructor: Honor O'Malley

BBSQ5130 Assessment and intervention in dysphagia
This class examines clinical practice in swallowing and feeding disorders in children and adults. Normal and abnormal development and mature function assessment and treatment.

Instructor: Georgia Malandraki

BBSQ5210 Practicum in school speech-language pathology (Fall)
Participation and student teaching in a school remedial speech and hearing program: survey, organization, remedial procedures. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5211 Practicum in school speech-language pathology (Spring)
Participation and student teaching in a school remedial speech and hearing program: survey, organization, remedial procedures. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5212 Practicum in school speech-language pathology (Summer)
Participation and student teaching in a school remedial speech and hearing program: survey, organization, remedial procedures. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5312 Diagnostic methods and practice in speech-language pathology
Prerequisite: BBSQ 5111 Assessment and evaluation. Methods of assessing native English speakers and culturally and linguistically diverse clients, including English Language Learners. Methods of assessing clients within the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5315 Therapy Practicum: Regular clinic
 (Summer A)
Assessment and intervention planning and implementation for clients across the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan. Observation and practice in speech and language therapy at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders and at related field facilities. Majors enroll until practicum requirements for the M.S. degree are completed. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5316 Therapy Practicum: Regular clinic
 (Summer B)
Assessment and intervention planning and implementation for clients across the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan. Observation and practice in speech and language therapy at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders and at related field facilities. Majors enroll until practicum requirements for the M.S. degree are completed. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5331 Therapy Practicum: Regular clinic (Fall)
Assessment and intervention planning and implementation for clients across the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan. Observation and practice in speech and language therapy at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders and at related field facilities. Majors enroll until practicum requirements for the M.S. degree are completed. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5332 Therapy Practicum: Regular clinic (Spring)
Assessment and intervention planning and implementation for clients across the full range of disabilities and across the lifespan. Observation and practice in speech and language therapy at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders and at related field facilities. Majors enroll until practicum requirements for the M.S. degree are completed. Special fee: $150.
Instructor: John Saxman

BBSQ5333 Therapy Practicum: Laboratory methods and instrumentation in clinical practice
Instruction and practice in acoustic and physiologic measures related to voice, articulation, and fluency disorders. Majors must enroll for one term. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5335 Therapy Practicum: Infant evaluation clinic
Observation and participation in the evaluation of pre-speech and feeding behaviors in at-risk infants and in the development of individualized management programs. Special fee: $150.

BBSQ5336 Therapy Practicum: Stuttering clinic
Prerequisite: BBSQ 5114 Stuttering or equivalent. Observation and discussion of assessment, remediation, and prevention of fluency disorders. Special fee $150.
Instructor: Karin Wexler

BBSQ5337 Practicum transcultural speech-language pathology
This practicum is required for all students traveling to Bolivia or Ghana for the International Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology.

BBSQ5343 Hearing measurement
Practice in hearing screening, audiological evaluation, and aural rehabilitation issues across the lifespan. Special fee: $150.
Instructor: Honor O'Malley

BBSQ5815 Pediatric dysphagia, birth to 21
The course will cover dysphagia across pediatric ages, birth to 21, and as it is evaluated and treated in four pediatric settings--the neonatal intensive care unit, early intervention, pre-schools, and schools. This course cannot be used as a replacement for the program requirement, BBSQ 5130, Dysphagia Assessment and Management. It is a good elective for students interested in pediatrics, those that will be working in school settings, and those interested particularly in dysphagia. 2 credits.

BBSQ5940 Evaluating research in speech-language pathology and audiology
Evaluation of research methods and the interpretation of research leading to evidence based practice approaches.
Instructor: Honor O'Malley

BBSQ5941 Research needs and methods in speech-language pathology and audiology
Prerequisite: BBSQ 5940 Evaluating of research. Required of first-year doctoral students. Development of rationales for doctoral dissertations and projects.

Instructor: Peter Gordon

BBSQ6351 Advanced practice: Clinical
Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ6352 Advanced practice: Supervision
Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ6353 Advanced practice: Teaching
Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

Instructor: John Saxman

BBSQ6354 Advanced practice: Laboratory
Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ6355 Advanced practice: Administration
Doctoral students are required to register in four sections during their period of candidacy. Observation of faculty during therapy, diagnosis, supervisory, teaching, or research activities and participation in such activities.

BBSQ6514 Language: Brain, biology and language acquisition
For doctoral candidates and advanced master's degree students in speech-language pathology. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in at least three sections of seminars in the BBSQ 6513-6517 series. Seminars involve intensive study and analysis of current research and issues in the particular topics.
Instructor: Peter Gordon

BBSQ6516 Seminar on Fluency and its disorders
For doctoral candidates and advanced master's degree students in speech-language pathology. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in at least three sections of seminars in the BBSQ 6513-6517 series. Seminars involve intensive study and analysis of current research and issues in the particular topics.

BBSQ6517 Neuropathology of speech
This seminar involves intensive study and analysis of current research and issues in treatment research design and practice in pediatric motor speech disorders. For doctoral students, the seminar will also address the development of their dissertation study (literature review, research questions, design).

BBSQ6900 Rsch Indp Stdy-Lng-Sp Path-Aud
Rsch Indp Stdy-Lng-Sp Path-Aud
Instructor: Catherine Crowley

BBSQ6940 Supervised research in speech-language pathology and audiology
Prerequisite: BBSQ 5941 Research methods. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in their advisor's section for both semesters. Opportunity to design and conduct pilot studies and projects.

BBSQ6941 Supervised research in speech-language pathology and audiology
Prerequisite: BBSQ 5941 Research methods. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll in their advisor's section for both semesters. Opportunity to design and conduct pilot studies and projects.
Instructor: Peter Gordon

BBSQ7500 Dissertation seminar in speech-language pathology and audiology
Prerequisite BBSQ 6941 Supervised research. Development of doctoral dissertations and projects and presentation of plans for approval. Doctoral candidates are required to enroll for one year and must begin the sequence in the fall term immediately following completion of BBSQ 6941.
Instructor: John Saxman

BBSQ8900 Dissertation-advisement in speech-language pathology and audiology
Prerequisite: BBSQ 7500 Dissertation seminar. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.
Instructor: Honor O'Malley

BBSR4005 Applied anatomy and biomechanics
Topics include: gross anatomy and function of human skeletal and muscular systems, mechanics of human movement, and analysis of skills in dance and physical education. Designed primarily for students without a prior course in anatomy or biomechanics. Students will be expected to participate in a laboratory offered immediately preceding the scheduled class time. Lab fee: $50.

BBSR4050 Biomechanical analysis of human movement
Permission required. Covers the principles and techniques required to analyze human movement, which can be used to develop practical research questions. Quantitative and qualitative techniques for analysis of movement are discussed in relation to the study of learning, motor control, motor development, and motor impairments. Lab fee: $50.
Instructor: Andrew Gordon

BBSR4060 Motor learning
Study of factors relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills. Includes review and analysis of appropriate research findings.
Instructor: Tara McIsaac

BBSR4070 Introduction to the psycho-social study of human movement
A general overview of knowledge and theory pertaining to the psychosocial dynamics of behavior in sports and dance.
Instructor: Joseph Ciccolo

BBSR4090 Physical fitness, weight control, and relaxation
Contributions of exercise to human well-being throughout life. Classroom, gymnasium, and laboratory experiences included. Designed for teachers, counselors, and others who desire an introduction to basic concepts of physical fitness.

BBSR4095 Applied physiology I
Prerequisite: a course in human physiology. Physiological bases of exercise. Lectures concerning the effects of exercise on the major physiological systems (cellular, cardiovascular, thermoregulatory, pulmonary, renal, body fluids, hormonal).

BBSR4151 Laboratory methods in biomechanics
Permission required. Enrollment limited. Prerequisite: BBSR 4050. Students develop technical skills in the application of biomechanics to the study of movement behavior including video-based data collection and computer-based kinematic analysis. Students design and conduct a pilot research study using biomechanical analysis of a functional movement. Special fee: $75.

BBSR4161 Motor learning laboratory
An introduction to qualitative and quantitative analysis of movement and action during acquisition of functional skills. Corequisite: BBSR 4060.

BBSR4700 Student teaching in physical education
Student teaching in both elementary and secondary schools for a full semester. Includes a required seminar.

BBSR4861 Workshop in motor learning and control
Students carry out a case study of skill acquisition in a functional movement task and integrate qualitative and quantitative findings in a final essay, characterizing the learning process.

BBSR4900 Research and independent study in movement science and education
Permission required. Master’s degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBSR5028 Motor development across the lifespan
Review and analysis of theoretical models and experimental research related to development and performance of motor skills throughout the lifespan.
Instructor: Tara McIsaac

BBSR5040 Curriculum designs in physical education
Review of existing curriculum designs, traditional and new. Systematic development of curriculum plans.
Instructor: Laura Azzarito

BBSR5041 Analysis of teaching in physical education
An analysis of the decisions and actions of teachers in relation to their role as director of learning. Includes experiences in executing and analyzing teaching skills.

BBSR5043 Administration of physical education and athletics
For prospective and in-service administrators. Preparation for carrying out administrative functions related to program planning, scheduling, budgeting, equipment and facilities, safety and liability, staff development, community relations, and others.

BBSR5050 Neurophysiology of motor control and electromyography
Review and analysis of theoretical models and experimental research related to development and performance of motor skills throughout the lifespan. Advanced topics dealing with the experimental and clinical use of electromyography. Topics will be integrated with the kinematics of movements being observed. A laboratory project using EMG will be required. Lab fee: $50.
Instructor: Tara McIsaac

BBSR5055 Bases of motor control systems
Study of control processes subserving the coordination of movement.

BBSR5094 Applied Physiology II

Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBSR5095 Exercise and health
The role of exercise in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Scientific evidence from both epidemiological and applied practice perspectives are emphasized.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBSR5151 Introduction to the analysis of biomechanical signals
Introduction to the concepts and techniques used in the analysis of biomechanical signals. Students will apply these techniques to actual kinematic, kinetic and electromyographic data using the Lab- VIEW programming language.

BBSR5194 Applied physiology laboratory II
The discussion and practice of techniques for collection and analysis of physiologic data (strength testing, electromyography, computerized data acquisition). Lab fee: $100.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBSR5195 Advanced applied physiology laboratory
Prerequisite: BBSR 5194. Introduction of advanced physiologic measurement techniques and concepts. Included are indirect calorimetry, spectrophotometry, vascular volume dynamics, autonomic reflexes, thermoregulation, noninvasive cardiac output, computer data plethysmography, tonometry, acquisition, and post-acquisition analyses. Lab fee: $100.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBSR5200 Fieldwork in movement science and education
Permission required. For advanced students prepared to investigate problems.

BBSR5240 Fieldwork in curriculum and teaching in physical education
Field projects in program evaluation, curriculum development, analysis of teaching, and the application of teaching strategies.
Instructor: Laura Azzarito

BBSR5251 Fieldwork seminar in motor learning and motor control
Applications of theory/research to therapeutic or educational practice for students in field-based settings.
Instructor: Tara McIsaac

BBSR5504 Research training in motor learning
Permission required. A competency-based approach to the preparation of researchers in the areas of neuromotor control and perceptual-motor processes. Several learning experiences are offered each semester, involving lectures, laboratory practica, seminars and individual research advisement.
Instructor: Andrew Gordon

BBSR5543 Seminar in physical education
Examination of current issues in curriculum and teaching in physical education relative to diverse student populations and associations with other disciplines. Advanced students prepare and present integrative papers.

BBSR5582 Research design in movement science and education
Basic concepts of research design and statistical analysis. Students learn to interpret articles and design projects.

BBSR5595 Research seminar in applied physiology
M.A. students carrying out research-culminating projects enroll in this course near the end of their course of study to discuss and present their projects. Ed.M. and doctoral students enroll at least once in connection with each research project they complete.
Instructor: Joseph Ciccolo

BBSR6201 Supervision of educational or clinical practice in the movement sciences
Permission required. Corequisite: Actual supervisory experience during that semester. For doctoral students in the movement sciences. Field-based experiences in the guidance of therapists or educators engaged in applying the movement sciences to clinical practice.

BBSR6540 Research seminar in curriculum and teaching in physical education
Examines research problems and methodologies in curriculum and teaching in physical education.
Instructor: Laura Azzarito

BBSR6563 Neuromotor processes seminar
Offered in conjunction with review and analysis of research related to conference topic.
Instructor: Andrew Gordon

BBSR6564 Advanced topics in neuromotor processes
Topic changes annually.
Instructor: Andrew Gordon

BBSR6571 Research seminar in the psychosocial aspects of human movement
Faculty. Examines research topics, problems, design, and methodologies in the psychosocial study of human movement.

BBSR6900 Supervised independent research in movement science and education
Permission required. For advanced students who wish to conduct research under faculty guidance.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

BBSR7500 Dissertation seminar in movement science and education
Permission required. Candidate develops proposal for doctoral dissertation in consultation with advisor. Seminar convenes only on days when candidates present proposals for approval.
Instructor: Joseph Ciccolo

BBSR8900 Dissertation advisement in movement science and education
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see catalog on continuous registration for Ed.D. degree.
Instructor: Carol Ewing Garber

HBSK5070 Neural bases for language and cognitive development
Permission required. Examination of neural mechanisms involved in language, reading, and the acquisition of academic skills. Particular attention is paid to language disorders, variations in cerebral organization, and hemisphere specialization.

HBSK6383 Neuropsychological assessment of children and adults
Permission required. Prerequisites: HBSK 5320 and either BBSN 5033 or BBSN 5070. Analysis, administration, and interpretation of special procedures used to assess brain damage/dysfunction in adults and children. Special fee: $150.

In the Spotlight

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    Stephen Silverman, professor of education and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences reacted to a recent study showing that many public school students in New York City do not receive state-mandated physical education or physical activity during the school day, despite studies that show it improves academic achievement.



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