NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

478 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Speech-Language Pathology Applied Dissertation (12 credits) The applied dissertation is a detailed, accurate, and cohesive account of a scholarly investigation designed to answer a research question directed toward the improvement of practice in the field of speech-language pathology. Research is distinguished by a theory-to-practice model encompassing a diversity of disciplines. Each student is assigned a faculty committee to facilitate and supervise the process. There are three benchmarks in the completion of the applied dissertation: (1) the concept paper, (2) the dissertation proposal and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, and (3) the final report. Credits SLPD 8966 Applied Dissertation I—Concept Paper 2 SLPD 8967 Applied Dissertation II—Proposal 5 SLPD 8968 Applied Dissertation III—Dissertation Final Report 5 Continuing Dissertation Services If the program is not completed within 24 months, continuing dissertation services will begin on the 25th month. Students must enroll in SLPD 8090 each semester between the 25th and 36th months of their program. In addition, students must enroll themselves in SLPD 8091 each semester beginning the 37th month of their program in order to receive dissertation services from their committee chair and committee member until the completion of their applied dissertation. Credits SLPD 8090 Applied Dissertation Services I 1 SLPD 8091 Applied Dissertation Services II 1 Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP.D.) Course Descriptions Year One Fall Semester (5 credit hours) SLPD 7000—Technology and Instrumentation in Communication Sciences This course provides candidates with the SLP.D. program’s orientation. This orientation includes an overview of the distinct areas related to doctoral studies: applied research, distance library, student services, and technology. In addition, this course presents advanced applications in the use of computer hardware and software in communication sciences and disorders. Doctoral candidates will receive hands-on experience in the use, application, and configuration of software for distance-learning technologies for management of clients and for business issues. (1 credit) SLPD 7030—Gerontology This course will provide students with an overview of gerontology. The older adult population often present with complex, interacting issues. Thus, a holistic approach to patient care will be considered, encompassing biological, social, psychological, and cultural aspects related to aging. Analysis of day-to-day functioning of the aging patient will be covered. An emphasis will be placed on differentiation between normal aging processes and pathological changes related to speech pathology and communication disorders. Learning will take place via class lectures and discussions, experimental exercises, written case studies, student presentations, and panel discussions. Discussion of ethical issues related to aging will augment the learning process. (2 credits)

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