May 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Communicative Disorders

  
  
  • CDIS 5250 - Communication Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: CDIS 5010  and CDIS 5015 .

    A study of the characteristics, identification, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The course addresses the communication challenges of this population, considering associated sensory, social, physical, and motor needs. Discussion of assessment and intervention includes specific methodologies, collaboration with caregivers and teachers, and the influence of environment. Critical thinking and analytical skills are emphasized.


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  • CDIS 5290 - Advanced Adult Neurogenic Cognitive Communicative Disorders

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: CDIS 5040 .

    An advanced seminar focused on three topics: communicative and cognitive disorders following right hemisphere damage (RHBD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and dementing progressive neurological diseases. Emphasis is on in-depth understanding of the nature of the disorders and their neurological correlates, the diagnostic tools for assessing the disorders, and critical review of treatment procedures used to remediate the disorders.


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  • CDIS 5990 - Readings and Research

    (1-3 credits)
    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s advisory committee in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).


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  • CDIS 6100 - Instrumentation and Acoustic Measurement

    (3 credits)
    Provides the basic concepts of sound wave propagation, the decibel, filtering, resonance, electronic and digital signal generation, and analysis. Students will learn the tools, methodology, and international standards necessary to complete calibration of equipment used in the Audiology clinic. This course will be a combination of traditional lecture and hands-on lab assignments to demonstrate key concepts within the course.


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  • CDIS 6141 - Amplification Systems II

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: CDIS 6140 .

    Examines recent innovations in hearing aid technology including wireless accessories for TV, phones, as well as remote microphone systems. Implementations of wireless and their utility in hearing aid applications are described. Hearing aid selection approaches and fitting procedures including choices of prescribed or recommended amplification and the ongoing incorporation of rehabilitation strategies into the process are presented. Practical experience with devices and fitting strategies that minimize the effects of noise and their verification in the clinic are also addressed.


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  • CDIS 6180 - Pediatric Audiology

    (3 credits)
    Explores the implications of pre- and post-natal development to the auditory system, different etiologies of hearing loss, and typical auditory and speech-language development. Students select and implement appropriate behavioral and physiological assessment procedures based on a child’s chronological and developmental age. Students  outline concepts of early identification, including national recommendations and procedures. Students apply knowledge about fitting and verification of amplification on children.


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  • CDIS 6205 - Speech-Language Pathology for Audiology Students

    (3 credits)
    This course presents an overview of speech and language development and communicative disorders in pediatric and adult populations for audiologists. The course provides a foundation in normal speech and language milestones, screening procedures, characteristics of individuals with communicative disorders and treatment approaches pertaining to the screening and referral of audiology patients for speech and language services.


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  • CDIS 6300 - Rehabilitative Audiology for Children

    (3 credits)
    Develops understanding of the audiologist’s and speech-language pathologist’s roles in the (re)habilitation of children with hearing loss, and obtain experience working through problems as an interdisciplinary team. Topics will include the role of the auditory system in spoken language, hearing aid orientation, counseling, auditory training, cochlear implants, communication modes, early intervention, educational service options, and management of children with hearing loss. Class will be a combination of traditional lecture and team based learning.


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Community and Behavioral Health

  
  
  • COBH 5029 - Supervised Research - Community and Behavioral Health

    (1-3 credits)
    This is a required course for graduate assistants or tuition scholars with research assignments. This course is designed to provide graduate assistants with supervision and training opportunities that serve to integrate their graduate assistantship assignment and graduate program or professional goals and activities. It is offered on a P/F basis and is not counted as degree credit. (fall, spring)


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  • COBH 5030 - Overview of Public Health

    (3 credits)
    This course provides an introduction to public health concepts and practice by examining the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities, and results of public health practice at the national, state, and community levels. The course also addresses important health issues and problems facing the public health system. Case studies and a variety of practice-related exercises serve as bases for learner participation in real world public health problem-solving simulations.


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  • COBH 5050 - Low-resource Training in Global Health

    (1 credit)
    Provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on preparation for work in low-resource settings. The course takes place at the ETSU Eastman Valleybrook campus and incorporates the Niswonger VILLAGE (Virtual International Living and Learning Across Global Environments) for case studies. Off site options for online students are available with approval by the certificate coordinator and global health certificate advisory committee. Course projects vary by semester.


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  • COBH 5110 - Community Health Assessment Research

    (3 credits)
    Provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply strategies for identifying and prioritizing individual and community health status, risks, and needs. Topics may include development, administration, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative needs assessment strategies including stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and survey questionnaires, which are included in a written assessment report. Students select a real world health problem and population to be the focus of assessment research during the semester and in subsequent related courses: COBH 5120  and COBH 5130 .


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  • COBH 5120 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5110  or permission of the instructor.

    This course focuses on the planning of specific health programs and services to meet needs identified in COBH 5110 . Students are guided through the process of developing a written proposal focused on a health intervention using evaluation methods to determine its effectiveness. Once the program is formally proposed, students develop and pretest program content, materials, and evaluation tools targeting the identified population and community health issue investigated.


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  • COBH 5125 - Rural Health Research and Practice

    (3 credits)
    This interdisciplinary course with nursing, medicine, public health and other disciplines is the first of a two-semester series of courses which allows students to develop an understanding of rural health issues using community based participatory research methodology and theory relevant to health sciences. Student and faculty teams partner with rural communities to assess health priorities and develop plans to address identified needs. Both quantitative and qualitative evaluative methods are utilized to assess and analyze health status indicators using appropriate technology.


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  • COBH 5130 - Consulting and Implementation of Health Programs and Services

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5120  or permission of the instructor.

    Building on experiences in previous courses in the program sequence, this course focuses on implementation and evaluation of specific health programs and services that students have designed for community and organization settings. The course integrates guided consultative activities involving group process, training, interpersonal communication, and organizational and community development. The final product is a written research report of the health promotion intervention.


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  • COBH 5135 - Rural Health Projects

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5125  or permission of instructor.

    In this course students from nursing, medicine, public health and other disciplines work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a community-based health proposal in collaboration with their rural community partners. Through implementing and evaluating the proposed community-based project, students gain hands-on experience in using participatory methods to promote the health of a selected rural population. Students enhance their formal presentation skills through presenting the results of their community-based health project.


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  • COBH 5250 - Community-Based Methods in Public Health

    (4 credits)
    Introduces the main methods of community-based health research including assessment, planning, and evaluation of community-based programs and services. Students gain knowledge and skills related to social, cultural, behavioral, and environmental foundations of public health, the use of qualitative data collection and analysis methods, and planning of evidence-based interventions using appropriate communication strategies to improve health impacts and outcomes. Students gain the opportunity to effectively perform in interprofessional teams through translation of these foundational public health strategies and principles into real-world public health practice.


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  • COBH 5377 - Health Communication

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 5110  or permission from the instructor.

    Studies the interpersonal, group, organizational, and public communication processes that shape beliefs, decisions and behavior regarding health, sickness, and health care. The course examines attitudes and actions of various participants in health communication, including citizens, health professionals, and those engaged in the public debate of health issues. Students cannot receive credit for both COMM 5377  and COBH 5377.

    Dual Listed With: COBH 4377.


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  • COBH 5457 - Emerging Technologies for the Health Professions

    (3 credits)
    Prepares health professionals for the ever changing technological workplace demands and fuses new technologies with practical applications. Skills to present and manipulate information in the electronic age and reduce repeated task/events into time-saving solutions are taught. Health education and training strategies are combined with emerging digital tools to develop training components.

    Dual Listed With: COBH 4457.


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  • COBH 5850 - Public Health Program Field Experience - Community and Behavioral Health

    (1-6 credits)
    In the field experience, students apply the principles of public health in a planned and supervised learning experience. This occurs through work in actual public health field settings. Students observe and participate in different functions and operations of a public health agency or health service organization. Students with at least 4 years of full-time public health practice experience may be eligible to substitute part of the contact hours with additional learning activities that build on their past public health experience. Please contact the MPH Coordinator for more information.


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  • COBH 5955 - Capstone in Community Health

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

    Provides synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies for Masters of Public Health Community Health students. Includes presentation and publication of research conducted during a project spanning a three-course Trilogy series that is central to the Community Health concentration (or from another mentored community-based project). The project includes assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of a community-based project or service.


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  • COBH 5990 - Readings and Research - Community and Behavioral Health

    (1 credit)
    Prerequisites: Permission of student’s academic advisor.

    Students who are not enrolled in other coursework but require the use of university facilities and/or faculty guidance for studies, research, or preparation of a prospectus MUST enroll for Readings and Research. Variable credits (1-3) of Readings and Research may also be used, as approved by student’s academic advisor in conjunction with other coursework, to document such activities as development of research and scholarly skills that would not be appropriately covered by other types of independent study. Readings and Research credits do not count toward degree requirements. Grading of Readings and Research will be either satisfactory completion (S), satisfactory progress (SP), or unsatisfactory (U).


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  • COBH 6110 - Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health and Disease

    (3 credits)
    This course presents an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to health and disease in populations. It addresses concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and health protection in light of modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors, including lifestyle behavior patterns, personality and cognitive processes, cultural and spiritual forces, socioeconomic status, age, race, gender, and environmental exposure. Students will explore relationships of these health determinants within the context of selected social and behavioral theories.


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  • COBH 6150 - Program Implementation and Evaluation in Public Health

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: COBH 6250  or permission of instructor. 

    Provides a continued analysis of program planning and the impacts of public health programming on populations and communities, focusing on the application of theory in the processes of implementing and evaluating public health programs. Outcome identification as well as theoretical and applied perspectives within public health practice are addressed, with a focus on designing and conducting public health program evaluations. The essential components of evaluation design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report writing are addressed.


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  • COBH 6160 - Leadership and Systems: Mobilization of Public Health Assets

    (3 credits)
    Uses a problem-based learning approach to systems thinking and modeling for critical public health concerns including the elimination of health disparities and inequities. Through oral and written communication, students propose strategies for population health improvement after engaging in a multilevel investigative process involving diverse stakeholders, audiences, communities, professions, and systems.


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  • COBH 6200 - Intervention Design in Public Health

    (3 credits)
    Provides skills related to the creation and application of intervention tools in public health practice and research. Students learn to translate theories, conceptual paradigms, and evidence to inform planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of innovative, tailored public health interventions. The course reinforces concepts of community health best practices and other evidence-based methods as components of a systematic approach to creating and implementing interventions to community health challenges in diverse populations.


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  • COBH 6250 - Program Planning and Design for Public Health

    (3 credits)
    Provides students with in-depth analysis of factors contributing to health and disease in populations in light of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors, including lifestyle behavior patterns, personality and cognitive processes, cultural and spiritual forces, socioeconomic status, age, race, gender, and environmental exposures.  Creation of systems-level interventions to address public health issues and concerns is a central outcome of the course, all of which is grounded in dissemination and implementation methodology.


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  • COBH 6850 - Doctor of Public Health Practicum - Community and Behavioral Health

    (1-6 credits)
    Prerequisites: Permission of student’s program advisor.

    This course enables students to apply the knowledge and experience gained in their DrPH courses to real life public health situations and leadership challenges in professional and community settings. Student placements, developed in consultation with the student’s practicum supervisor, focus on providing students with new experiences in practicing public health at a professional level. Students produce an analytical academic product either for publication or for presentation to the agency/organization.

    Notes: Repeatable for credit; six credits required; a total of 50 hours contact time per credit.


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Computer and Information Science

  
  
  
  
  
  
  • CSCI 5150 - Topics in Distributed Systems

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: CSCI 4727 or CSCI 5727  or consent of the instructor.

    Also recommend: programming experience in C/C++, and a prior course in networking and data communications. Issues in the design and implementation of distributed systems. Topics include the importance of distributed systems; salient features of distributed systems architectures; characteristics of distributed computations; mechanisms for activating computations, message-passing, synchronization, and scheduling in distributed systems; distributed file systems; distributed shared memory; cooperation and consensus; fault tolerance; and replicated data management.

    When Offered: Fall, alternate years.


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  • CSCI 5200 - Software Systems Engineering

    (3 credits)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the computer science master’s degree program.

    Permission of the instructor must be obtained for non-computer science graduate students. This course exposes students to the development of software systems at the very highest level. It introduces the system aspect of development and the related trade-offs required when software and hardware are developed together. An overview of software development life cycles is presented. The course exposes students to requirements analysis techniques to develop a system from those requirements.

    When Offered: Fall.


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