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Comm Sciences & Disorders: Intro Cognitive Neuroscience

CSD 281 OL1 (CRN: 60072)

3 Credit Hours

About CSD 281 OL1

This course introduces students to the organization, structures and functions of the human central nervous system. Higher cognitive and linguistic behaviors are emphasized. Prerequisite: Human Biology course such as BIOL 004 or ANPS 019.


Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; Prereq: BIOL 004 or Human Biology or instructor permission; This section has registration restrictions; Must be enrolled in CSD (Comm Sciences and Disorders), NDEG (Non Degree); (CE Certificate)

Section Description

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES:  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and functional architecture of the human central nervous system with an emphasis on the neural substrates related to perceptual, cognitive and communicative processes (e.g., perception, hearing, vision, receptive/expressive language, attention, memory, executive functions). (ASHA Std. III-A, III-B and III-C)  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of neurologically based sensory and motor aspects of hearing, speech, communication, and swallowing (e.g., respiration, phonation, resonance, articulation, and deglutition). (ASHA Stds. III-B and III-C)  Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the methods and techniques used in the scientific study of cognitive neuroscience. (ASHA Stds. III-F) ASHA STANDARDS: American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Knowledge and Skills Acquisitions (KASA) for certification in Speech-Language Pathology that are addressed:  Standard III-A. Knowledge of the principles of biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and social/behavioral sciences.  Standard III-B. Knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including their biological neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, and linguistic cultural bases.  Standard III-C. Knowledge of the nature of speech, language, hearing and communication disorders and differences in swallowing.  Standard III-F. Knowledge of processes used in research.

Section Expectation

COURSE GRADING: Course grades will be based on the total points accumulated from four exams (75 points each). Additional are points are earned by completing the On-Line Lab assignments (50 points each) and completing textbook review questions (50 points each). Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following percentage scores out of a possible total of 500 points (i.e., earned points/total points *100 = %): PLEASE NOTE: Grades are based on earned points and calculations are made to the 100th decimal place. No grade changes are made because you are "close" to the next grade. Only earned points can change your grade. Final course letter grades translate from the course work percentage table below. A+ 98.00% - 100% A 94.00% - 97.99% A- 90.00% - 93.99% B+ 87.00% - 89.99% B 84.00% - 86.99% B- 80.00% - 83.99% C+ 77.00% - 79.99% C 74.00% - 76.99% C- 70.00% - 73.99% D+ 67.00% - 69.99% D 64.00% - 66.99% D- 60.00% - 63.99% F below 59.99%


COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Note: See specific assignment descriptions in the On-Line Lab and TRQ’s folder in the Course Materials folder on Blackboard. 1. On-Line Lab Assignments (OLLs): Throughout the course, you will complete exercises from the Digital Neuroanatomist Website. These assignments are visual and verbal journals that document your exploration of neuroanatomy, nervous system physiology, and nervous system function. These visual exercises are intended to compliment the lecture material and the information from the assigned textbook chapters. These assignments are to be completed by midnight on the specific dates according to the course schedule (OLL # x on the syllabus). ** Each OLL is worth 50 points. You are to complete 6 out of the 9 sections for OLL#1 and 5 out of the 7 groups for OLL#2. Students have the flexibility to choose whichever 6 sections they would like out of the 9 sections given, HOWEVER, every student is responsible for knowing all the structures on the OLL for the exam(s). ** Note: The detailed assignments for each block as well as examples and an instructional video on completing these assignments can be found within the Course Material Folder on the Blackboard Site. 2. Textbook Review Questions (TRQs): Example Essay Questions are located at the end of each chapter of the course textbook. Answers to these questions should be turned in electronically through blackboard by midnight on the dates listed on the syllabus (TRQ Block # x on the syllabus). Each double-spaced, 12pt font answer will be approximately ¼-½ pages in length. Each TRQ is worth 50 points and all questions assigned are to be answered. Note: The detailed assignments for each block can be found within the Course Material Folder on the Blackboard Site. 3. Examinations: There will be four on-line exams that will cover reading, lectures, and all supplementary material. These exams should be initiated ONLY AFTER all weekly assignments (TRQs or OLLs) have been submitted. The exams will be made available on the morning of the specified date (typically around 7-8am) and will be open until midnight of the specified closing date. You will only have one chance to complete these times exams, so you must not log-out or navigate away form the open exam page. These exams are timed so you will need to be very familiar with the material and work quickly. The format of these exams will be true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, labeling diagrams, short answers and anything else I can think of. Each exam is based on the associated week of information/materials (e.g., Exam 1 is based on information from week 1).




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