Advanced Topics in Applied Behaviour Analysis: Intervention

Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
Course Code
DACS 4116
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will build on the knowledge presented in previous coursework, with a focus on evidence-based strategies for supporting positive behaviours and reducing problem behaviours. Concepts and principles of ABA, such as reinforcement principles and function based treatments, will be reviewed as specific applications of ABA interventions that are applicable in a variety of settings for a variety of populations.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • ABA interventions are evidenced-based.
  • Behaviour analysts rely on scientific knowledge to select and design behavioural interventions. 
  • The overarching goal of ABA is to enrich the quality of people’s lives.
  • Behavioural interventions are thoroughly individualized via detailed assessment processes.
  • Clients have a right to effective treatment. 
  • Clients are involved in the planning and designing of behaviour change programs.
  • Behaviour analysts obtain informed consent from clients prior to implementing assessment and/or behaviour change programs.
  • Behaviour analysts make decisions regarding the continuation, discontinuation, and modification of behaviour change programs based on objective data and client wellbeing. 
  • Behaviour analysts recommend reinforcement based treatment procedures whenever possible.
  • Behaviour analysts have a responsibility to the profession of behaviour analysis and colleagues to promote an ethical culture. 
Learning Activities
  • Lecture, discussion boards, video, guest speakers, group activities, readings, self-directed online learning
  • Online: any combination of online methods such as but not limited to discussion boards, readings, video, video lectures, skype/telephone consultations etc.
Means of Assessment

This is a Graded course. Course assessment may include the following: Class participation, class presentation, quizzes, exams, and academic paper

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between ethical and unethical behaviour interventions in the practice of applied behaviour analysis.
  2. Identify and describe common ABA intervention strategies for teaching positive behaviour
  3. Identify and describe common ABA intervention strategies for decreasing inappropriate behaviour
  4. Articulate appropriate methods for selecting interventions, keeping in mind 
  • Responsible conduct 
  • Responsibility to clients
  • Behaviour assessment
  • Responsibility to the profession of behaviour analysis
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and materials to be purchased by students. Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. Examples of textbooks and materials include individually assigned readings and/or books.



Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for DACS 4116
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Selkirk College (SELK) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SSEL 3XXX (3)
University Canada West (UCW) UCW PSYC 4XX (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC SOSC 4XX (3)
Yorkville University (YVU) YVU GES 3XXX (3)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023