Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Lesley B. Olswang
SPHSC 500
Seattle Campus

Clinical Methodology for Documenting Change

Introduction to clinical methodology for conducting efficacious assessment and treatment of individuals with communication problems. Students consider nature of intervention designed to alter communication disorders and types of accountability questions that need to be raised. They learn methodology for collecting and analyzing data for making informed clinical decisions. Offered: A.

Class description

This course examines clinical methodology for assessing and treating individuals with communication disorders with an emphasis on data collection for making informed decisions. Fundamental concepts for assessment and treatment will be reviewed and paired with data collection procedures. This pairing of concepts and data collection will guide the course content throughout the quarter. The overall goal of the course is to give students a framework for making informed decisions about planning and implementing treatment, and monitoring client progress.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Course content will be presented through readings, lectures, assignments, class discussions, and quizzes. The three assignments include class discussion and a submitted paper. You will see that the final product for the assignments are typically due after the class discussion. This allows students the opportunity to improve their papers through the discussion. Quizzes will occur throughout the course (up to 5 quizzes). They will sometimes be announced and sometimes not. They are designed to keep you focused on specific information that is being presented, particularly terminology.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a general sense of the clinical process: conducting an initial assessment, selecting treatment objectives, designing a treatment program and monitoring progress.

Class assignments and grading

The course utilizes several forms of assignments, as follows: 1) In-class assignments 2) Small group assignments 3) Individual written assignments 4) Examiniations

Grades are based on percentage of total number of points earned in the class. Points are earned on all assignments and tests. Class participation can increase the course grade.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Lesley B. Olswang
Date: 09/24/2009