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Course Title         :  Speech and language Pathology 1

Course Number   :  RHS 249

Credit Hours       :  1+1=2

Course Instructor: Dr Wahab Owolawi

Course Description:

A study of the fundamental processes in communication to include the functions involved in verbal and non-verbal communication.

A consideration of the factors influencing normal development of human communication skills and an overview of speech profiles, classification and etiology of communication disorders


Course Objectives:

To introduce students to the basic knowledge of processes involved in the acquisition and interpretation of speech, language and hearing stimuli.

The course is also geared towards making students become familiar with the nature and types of communicative disorders inherent in both children and adults.


Course Content:

Week 1 & 2     :  Speech, Language and Communication

Week 3 & 4     :  Models of Language Disability

Weeks 5 & 6    :  The Communication Chain

Week 7             :  1st MID-TERM EXAM

Week 8 & 9     :  Physical Basis of Communication

Weeks 10 & 11: Classification of Linguistic Pathologies

Week 12           :  2nd MID-TERM EXAM

Weeks 13-15    :  Therapeutic Concepts and Methods in

                             Speech-Language pathology

Week 16           : Course Review

Week 17           : Final Examination


Course Evaluation:

Mid-Term Examinations      40 %

Practicals                                20 %

Final Examinations               40%


Book Reference:

Crystal D, Varley R (Ed.,). Introduction to Language Pathology. 3rd Edition. Whurr Pub.Ltd. 1993

Gillam Ronald B, Marquardt Thomas P and Martin Fredrick . Communication Sciences and Disorders. Singular Publishing Group.USA. 2000




Course No.         RHS 371

Course Title:     Audiology 1

Credit Hours:    2+1=3.

Course Instructor:  Dr. Wahab Owolawi.

Course Description:

Basic introduction to the field of clinical audiology. Historical background of audiology and its scientific components such as hearing phenomenon, theories of hearing, acoustics/psycho-acoustics will be taught in this course. Pathologies of the auditory and higher auditory systems and its scientific assessment techniques will be studied. 


Course Objective:

 1.    At the end of the course students are expected to know,    understand and be able to demonstrate in knowledge both the historical and scientific basis of audiology.

2.    Students are expected not only to benefit from the course theoretically, they must be able to apply the required skill drawn from the knowledge of the course.


Course outline:

Week 1.

Audiology: Definition and historical perspective

General review of the anatomy & physiology of the auditory system


Week 2.

Sound and its properties-Vibration and its different types, sound waves, frequency, amplitude, intensity, pure and complex tones


Weeks 3 & 4.

Scientific laws in audiology- Fechner’s, Helmholz, Weber’s, Stephen’s.

Phons, equal loudness balance contours, beats and perception of loudness.

Resonance, filters and amplifiers


  Week 5.

   The Decibel-Ratio and interval scales, logarithmic or exponential

   scales, the bels, standard reference intensities and sound pressure levels


Week 6.

0 dB, SPL’s calculation, dB SPL, dBHL, dBSL, dB(A).


Week 7.

Absolute threshold and difference limen (DL), minimum audibility curve (MAC), minimum audibility pressure (MAP), and minimum audibility field (MAF). Audiometers & International calibration of audiometers ( ASA, ANSI, ISO & BSA norms)


Week 8.

Tuning fork tests ( Rinne, Weber, Schwabach). Pure tone audiometric techniques and audiograms interpretation. Occlusion effects, carharts notch, Rainville and Site of lesion (SOL) tests


Week 9.

Permissible Noise levels in audiometric rooms, acoustic booths and factors influencing a/c, b/c audiometric threshold measurements


Week 10.

Clinical masking in audiology


Week 11.

Speech audiometry and its historical development. Speech audiograms and interpretation. Pitfalls in speech audiometry


Week 12.

Final Exams


Course Evaluation

 Mid Term Exams  40%

Practicals               20%

Final Exam            40%

Total                     100%



 1.    Silman Shlomo and Silverman Carol A. Auditory Diagnosis.Principles and Applications. Singular Publishing Group Inc. San Diego

2.    Newby Hayes A and Popelka Gerald R. Audiology. 6th Edition. Prentice Hall.

3.    Davis Hallowell and Silverman S.Richard. Hearing and Deafness. 4th edition. Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

4.    Lloyd L L and Kaplan H. Audiometric interpretation. University Park Press, Baltimore



COURSE TITLE:-                  RHS 372 (AUDIOLOGY 11)

COURSE HOURS:-                2+0=2

COURSE INSTRUCTOR :-  Dr. Wahab Owolawi

Course Objective

The course is to acquaint students with the knowledge of physics of sound which is a fundamental and basic element in audiology.

At the end of the course, students are expected, not only to know the technology behind audiological equipment but must also have hands on experience on how to routinely use such equipment for clinical examination purposes.

Basic anatomy and physiology of the auditory system will be taught to students in this course.

Students are also expected to identify and understand the technology behind rehabilitative instrument in audiology e.g. hearing aids (analogues/digital/programmable), bone anchored hearing aids, cochlea implant technology and auditory/speech trainers


Course Description

This course presents the principles underlying both the theoretical and practical study of clinical audiology i.e. acoustics and psychoacoustics

Students are taught in this course to understand the fundamentals of hearing, instrumentation in hearing evaluation and treatment

The course draws an inference from audiological instrumentation research team approach with bio-medical technology both in anatomy, physiology, diagnostic and rehabilitation sciences of the auditory system


Course Outline

Week 1:-           Introduction to audiology, sound and its fundamental Properties

Week 2:-            Principle of Resonance

Week 3 :-           Resonance as related to science of communication

Week 4 :-            Instrumental technology in Audiology

Week 5 :-            1st Mid-Term Examination

Week 6:-             Technological Innovations in clinical diagnoses in


Week 7:-            Anatomy of the Auditory System-Technological


Week 8 :-           Pathologies of the Auditory System-Technological


Week 9 :-           Measurement of Hearing-Role of Biomedical


Week 10 :-         2nd Mid-Term Examination (20%)

Week 11 :-         Advances in Hearing Measurement Technology

Week 12 :-         Rehabilitative Audiology- History of Hearing Aids


Week 13 :-         Rehabilitative Audiology- Hearing Aids (Body Worn

                            or Radio Aids, Post-aural, In The Canal Aids, All In

                            the Ear Hearing Aids, Digital and Programmable

                            hearing aids)

Week 14 :-         Rehabilitative Audiology- Bone Anchored Hearing

                           Aids, Cochlear Implants Technology &

                           Augmentative Technology for the Deaf

Week 15 :-         Revision & Final Examination


Course Evaluation

1st In-Course Exam                20%

2nd In-Course Exam               20%

Practical Assignment              10%

Final Exam                               50%

TOTAL :-                                  100%


Book References

The Physics of Speech by D B. Fry. Cambridge University Press

Acoustics by J C. Stephens in Scott's Brown's Otolaryngology by A R D. Thornton. Butterworth Publishers. 1997

Essentials of Audiology 2nd Edition by Stanley A.Gelfand. Thieme Publishers. 2001. (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 16)



Course Title           : Psychosocial Aspects of Aging

Course No.             : RHS 426

Credit Hours         :  3+0

Course Instructor : Wahab O.Owolawi. Ph.D


Course Description:

The course explores those factors affecting the health and communication well being of aging people.

The course covers the linguistic features that characterize and differentiate the normal, demented, depressed and aphasic elderly population. Other subjects to be covered in this course includes societal and cultural aspects of aging, societal influences on the aging individual, age related changes in adapting to the social environment and the influence of aging on communication


Course Objective:

To develop in the student the awareness of the social and psychological problems affecting the aging population and to develop strategies for dealing effectively with these problems.

To understand the influence of aging on the communicative process


Course Outline:

Week 1. Neurobiology of the communication system

               & Neurolinguistics and aging

Week 2. Structural and Physiological changes of the auditory and

               vestibular mechanisms with aging

Week 3. Neuropsychology and speech-language pathology

               interrelationship in the assessment of geriatric patient

Week 4. Social aspects of aging and communication

Week 5. Mental health and aging

Week 6. 1st Mid-Term Examination

Week 7. Language disorders in the aged- Aphasia

Week 8. Language disorders in the aged- Dementia

Week 9. Head Injury and aging

Week 10. Geriatric Audiology-Assessment Protocol

Week 11. Geriatric Audiology- Rehabilitation

Week 12. 2nd Mid-Term Examination

Week 13. Speech production and aging-speech motor control and

                 fluency in aging population

Week 14. General Revision


Scoring Procedure: 2 Mid Term Exams:- 40 %

                                   Final Examination:- 60 %


Handbook of Geriatric Communication Disorders by Danielle N. Ripich. Pro.Ed: Austin, 1994

Rehabilitative Audiology-Children and Adults. (Section 5) Jerome G.Alpiner and Patricia A.McCarthy (Eds). Second Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 1993




COURSE No.                        RHS 444

CREDIT HOURS:                3 + 0= 3



1.To provide an introductory background to communication

  disorders which are caused by or associated with

  pathological conditions


2. To identify such disabling conditions that affect normal communication process from the perspective of ear, nose and throat medicine and present implications for audiological and speech pathological clinical management



At the end of this course, student is expected to be knowledgeable in the theoretical background of different pathologies associated with ear, nose and throat diseases, general medical conditions that affects communication, routine investigations and routine management of such conditions



Week 1 :- Introduction to the course

Week 2 :- Otologic Factors & Communication Disorders

Week 3 :- Otologic Management-Medical, Surgical &


Week 4 :-              "

Week 5 :- 1st Mid-Term Examination (20 %)

Week 6 :-Rhino- Laryngological Pathologies

Week 7 :- Rhino-Laryngological Management – Medical,

                 Surgical & Pharmacological

Week 8 :- Diseases of the Pharyngo-Larynx

Week 9:- Pharyngo-Laryngeal Management –Medical &


Week 10:- 2nd Mid-Term Examination (20 %)

Week 11 :-Psycho-Emotional Diseases & Communication


Week 12 :-Multi-Disciplinary Approach in Communication


Week 13 :- Revision

Week 14 :- Final Examination (60 %)


Book References :

 1.    Dennis C Tanner. An advanced Course in Communication Sciences . Plural publishing. 2006

 2. Bull Tony R. Colour Atlas of ENT Diagnosis. 4th

        Edition. Thieme publishers. 2003

3.    Kerr Alan G. Scott-Brown's otolaryngology. Butterworth-Heinemann publishers. 1997

4.    Minifie Fred D (Ed). Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders. Singular publishers. 1994




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