Communication Sciences and Disorders 601

COSD 601: Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission

Credit Hours: (3)

A course designed to introduce methods of research, theories of measurement, research design, and statistics.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The major topics covered in this course are basic knowledge needed for assessing and conducting research for the speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist.The following topics are covered in the course:

1. Need for research in speech-language pathology and audiology.
2. Research as it relates to the practicing professional.
3. Utilization of library resources.
4. Research as a process.
5. Formulating research questions.
6. Relevant and answerable research questions.
7. Selection of appropriate research designs.
8. Types of data.
9. Approaches to generating quantitative data.
10. Organizing data for answering questions.
11. Considerations in interpreting answers to questions.
12. Oral and written communication procedures for sharing results of research.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

Course emphasizes the assessment and understanding of past and current research in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. In addition, students are required to submit an original research proposal with an extensive review of the literature. Students will be encouraged to pursue research proposals related to diversity, technology, prevention, assessment, and/or management issues in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Class time will include lectures by instructor plus lectures on current research by other faculty, students, and professionals in COSD.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The goals and objectives for the course are for students:

1. to acquire an understanding of basic knowledge of research procedures including historical, descriptive, and experimental techniques.
2. to demonstrate comprehension of techniques for conducting research.
3. to assess current and past research studies.


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures will include a midterm and final examination. A major review of the literature on a pre-selected topic will constitute 40 percent of each student's grade and an additional 10 percent will be given for the oral presentation of the review and a proposed research study. The remaining 50 percent of the grade will be based on test performance.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval

August 2001 Reviewed Raymond Linville, Chairperson