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Introduction to fundamental research principles (e.g., hypothesis testing, sampling, validity and reliability), designs (e.g., experiments, case studies), and methods (e.g., behavioral observations, acoustic and physiologic measurements, neuro-imaging) used in the study of speech, language, and hearing.
At the conclusion of SPHR 2101, students will be able to 1. describe the scientific method and its application to the study of speech, language, hearing and communication; 2. read and evaluate primary research in speech, language and hearing sciences; 3. explain different research designs and their application to speech, language and hearing sciences; 4. present and analyze data using basic visualization and statistical techniques; 5. formulate new research questions and hypotheses and describe how they might be addressed; 6. discuss and evaluate ethical research practices.
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This course, like the research methods courses in COMM, PSYC, and SOC, will address fundamental principles and methods in the behavioral sciences. Like those courses, the literature reviewed and evaluated and the examples of research designs and methods will be drawn from the specific discipline; in this case, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Importantly, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences make extensive use of research methods not generally used in the other behavioral sciences. These include acoustic, aerodynamic, and physiologic methods used to study speech and hearing as well as neuro-imaging techniques used to study language processing. These research approaches will be discussed in the course which will make it unique within the GW curriculum.