Empirical Basis of Beh Tech

Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Department
Disability & Community Studies
Course Code
DACS 4122
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Online
Hybrid
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This undergraduate course will introduce students to the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Concepts include ABA definitions and characteristics, behavioural assessments, intervention strategies and outcomes, behaviour change procedures and systems support. All topics will be addressed within the context of current best practices and contemporary professional ethics.
Course Content

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

  • The philosophy of behaviourism is grounded in observable facts.
  • The overarching goal of ABA is to enrich the quality of people’s lives.
  • Before implementing behavioural principles and procedures on others, students of behaviour analysis should first be able to identify behavioural principles and procedures in their own everyday behaviour.
    • Students employ direct observation methods to collect data on their own everyday behaviour
    • Students relate the causes of their own behaviour as embedded within environmental events.
    • A personal understanding of ABA procedures and their effects on individuals informs subsequent professional ethical practice.
  • Contemporary best-practice behaviour analysis is predicated on: 
    • Peer-reviewed, evidenced-based research
    • Interventions that are thoroughly individualized via detailed assessment processes
    • A contextual “Goodness of Fit” with families, schools and other clients
    • Contemporary professional ethics
  • Applied behaviour analysis is the most evidenced supported clinical methodology for individuals with disabilities.
Methods Of Instruction
  • 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, fluency test, literature review

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the philosophical foundation of behavior analysis including assumptions, dimensions, and goals 
  2. Ethically select and operationally define behaviours in need of change. 
  3. Define, differentiate, and provide everyday examples of behavioural concepts, principles, and procedures including reinforcement and punishment (and their schedules), extinction, shaping, chaining, contingency contracting, token economy, and group contingencies.
  4. Conduct mock functional assessments using indirect, direct, and experimental procedures.
  5. Develop individualized interventions using reinforcement and extinction procedures
  6. Articulate situations in which aversive procedures may and may not be ethically appropriate, best-practice, and clinically warranted procedures.
  7. Summarize single subject research and visually analyze single-subject data including comparison, withdrawal/reversal, and multiple baseline designs.
  8. Identify data collection methods and accurately collect data using event, outcome, interval, and time sample recordings.
  9. Plot data and make data-based decisions using the standard celeration chart.
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.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • No prerequisite courses

Corequisites

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

  • No corequisite courses

Equivalencies

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

  • No equivalent courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

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

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36622
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Devine
Sherise
Full
Online
DACS 4122 090 is an asynchronous online course restricted to DABA students. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times. CYC, ESS, PSYCH and other students admitted with department approval. It is recommended that students have access to a computer and high speed Internet.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
30
32
-2
0
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
36872
08-Sep-2020
- 07-Dec-2020
08-Sep-2020
07-Dec-2020
Voroshina
Alexandra
Full
Online
DACS 4122 091 is an asynchronous online course restricted to DABA students. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times. CYC, SOWK, PSYCH and other students admitted with department approval. It is recommended that students have access to a computer and high speed Internet.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
0
15
-15
0