Clinical Applications of Behaviour Analysis

Applied Community Studies
Disability & Community Studies
Course Code
DACS 5113
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
In this upper level course, students deepen their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities by completing clinical treatment modules for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. Topics may include:
• Behaviour analytic instruction
• The assessment and treatment of childhood feeding and sleeping problems, and stereotypy
• Teaching verbal behaviour
Course Content

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

  • 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
    • Professional ethics
  • Professional ethics require behaviour analysts to restrict interventions to procedures found effective in published, peer-reviewed studies.
  • Behaviour analysts search academic databases and read contemporary publications to remain abreast of treatment refinements.
  • Feeding, sleeping, and stereotypy problem behaviours are frequently seen in individuals with an ASD and remediating such problems form part of the professional repertoire of the behaviour analyst.
  • Teaching children and persons who support them (parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, etc.) using behaviour analytic instructional methods form a central role of the behaviour analyst.
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Audio-visual presentations
  • Problem-based learning
  • Reading groups
  • Self-directed online learning
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Online contribution
  • Module exams
  • Case studies
  • Clinical treatment plans
  • Academic essay
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select and conduct clinically relevant assessment procedures for sleeping, feeding, and stereotypy behaviours.   
  2. Select and evaluate best-practice methods for teaching functional communication, and for treating sleeping, feeding, and stereotypy behaviours.
  3. Hone methods for conducting parent and staff training.
  4. Refine technological behaviour analytic writing skills consistent with APA formatting and style.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

Individually assigned readings and/or books


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 5113
Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG DACS 5112 (3) & DOUG DACS 5113 (1.5) = SFU EDUC 4XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) DOUG DACS 5112 (1.5) & DOUG DACS 5113 (1.5) = UVIC CYC 3XX (1.5)
Vancouver Island University (VIU) No credit

Course Offerings

Summer 2023