Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

Purpose: to help other instructors teaching the same course

Common Course ID: The Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing (COMD 344)
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About the Course

COMD 344 - The Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing

Brief Description of course highlights:  Anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism. Processes of respiration, phonation, articulation-resonance and hearing.

Upper level core course for all majors, no prerequisites. 

Student population:  This is a core course for Communication Sciences and Disorders majors, recommended for students to take during their junior year.

Key challenges faced and how resolved: Syllabus and/or Sample assignment from the course or the adoption:

Lacking in ancillary materials like practice tests, diagrams. Few options for OER related to speech and hearing anatomy or that presented up to date information, so unlimited access library materials were used to fill in the gaps. 

About the Resource/Textbook 

Cost Savings:

Previously used textbook typically cost students around $40 rental for the semester, but physical copies cost up to $200 to purchase. With a class capacity of 50 each semester, this saves students anywhere between $2000-$8000.

OER/Low Cost Adoption

OER/Low Cost Adoption Process

Provide an explanation or what motivated you to use this textbook or OER/Low Cost option.

Did not want to require a textbook.

How did you find and select the open textbook for this course? 

Consulted Open Educational Resources librarian, browsed MERLOT and OpenStax.

Teaching and Learning Impact

Currently running 

Student Feedback or Participation

Currently running

About the Instructor

Lisa Erwin-Davidson
Communication Sciences and Disorders

California State University, Fullerton