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Tanya L Eadie
SPHSC 320
Seattle Campus

Anatomy and Physiology of Speech

Anatomy and physiology of the speech and swallowing mechanism, including the respiratory, phonatory, and resonatory systems and the neural control. Examples and laboratory work are directed toward clinical issues in speech-language pathology. Required for majors; open to nonmajors. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Following this course, you should be able to: 1. Provide a basic description of the structures associated with the normal speech mechanism. 2. Demonstrate a working understanding of the normal function of the integrated speech mechanism. 3. Communicate with other health professionals regarding some pathologies related to speech production. 4. Recognize and appreciate what you do not know and what resources are available to help you continue learning.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and laboratory work, including demonstrations, video simulations, models, etc.

Recommended preparation

I would strongly recommend the following study procedures in order to make the best use of your time: (1) give the assigned reading a quick read sometime the day before class (don't write anything down, just get yourself in the mood); (2) come to class anticipating the topics of the day. Know what it is you are going to learn about. Try to listen and not take too many notes - most things you will want to write down are contained in the study guides. Questions are highly encouraged. (3) Soon after lecture, re-read the chapter taking notes where you need to organize the information for yourself. (4) See me as soon as you think you are having any difficulty. The material in this course goes by quickly without much chance for review. When we are done with a section, you won't see it again until the exam. Although you will need to do a fair amount of memorization (use flash cards, an anatomy coloring book, or group study or whatever works for you), you cannot get by on memorization alone. We are interested in anatomical systems - how they are put together and how they work. You need to go beyond memorizing a list to understanding how these structures interact.

Class assignments and grading

1) Lab assignments: There will be a lab assignment for every lab in which you participate. The format of these assignments is extremely diverse. Examples include drawing and labelling structures, defining terms, and simulating models of structure and function.

2) Quizzes: We will have occasional, very simple quizzes. Each quiz will have only a few questions, will be taken directly from the assigned reading for the week (including that day's reading), and will stress more general concepts, not memorized detail. As we get closer to an exam the questions will be designed to reflect exam questions. Some will be taken verbatim from your book. Except in very exceptional circumstances (e.g., prolonged illness), make-ups will not be given. Quizzes will begin immediately at 12:30 and should take about 5 minutes. You supply your own paper each time. Your 2 lowest scores will automatically be discarded at the end of the quarter.

3) Chapter Exams: Four section exams (Respiration, Phonation, Articulation, and the Nervous System and Circulation) will be given. You are responsible for buying and bringing scantron sheets to use for each chapter test. These forms are available at the UW bookstore. The first three chapter tests will be given during class time and will take 50 minutes to complete. The last section exam will be given on the scheduled final exam day.

Your final grade will be based on your performance relative to the entire class. Your overall score will be determined by the four equally weighted chapter exams (70%) and your lab/quiz score (30%). As is true for the University of Washington, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, the median grade in this course will be 3.4 and will range from 4.0 to 0.0. (e.g., if you earn the median grade on each exam, lab, and quiz, your quarter grade will be 3.4).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Tanya L Eadie
Date: 03/23/2004