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.
- A personal understanding of ABA procedures and their effects on individuals informs subsequent professional ethical practice.
- Single-subject experimental designs are the standard means by which research is conducted within the behavioural sciences and visual analysis in the standard means by which data are analyzed.
- 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.
- Audio-visual presentations
- Case studies
- Data collecting one's own learning
- Self-directed online learning
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Weekly quizzes
- Mid term and final test
- Final exam
- Fluency tests
- Journal reviews
- Presentation or critical research paper
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Define, differentiate, and provide everyday examples of behavioural concepts, principles, and procedures including reinforcement and punishment (and their schedules), extinction, shaping, discrimination and generalization training, programming and fading, modeling, and imitation.
- Summarize single subject research and visually analyze single-subject data including comparison withdrawal/reversal, and multiple baseline designs.
- Identify data collection methods and accurately collect data using event, outcome, interval, and time sample recordings.
- Plot data and make data-based decisions using the standard celebration chart.
- Select behaviours in need of change using the behavioural, reinforcement, stimulus control, and aversive control strategies.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
- Miller, L. Keith. (2006). Principles of Everyday Behavior Analysis (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
- Pryor, K. (1999). Don't shoot the dog! The new art of teaching and training. (Rev. ed.). New York: Bantam.
- Course pack of assigned journal readings
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
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.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU EDUC 4XX (3)||2008/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||Individual assessment||2008/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||No credit||2008/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC CYC 3XX (1.5)||2008/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||No credit||2008/09/01 to -|