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Behavioural Intervention Lab

Course Code: BHIN 1340
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Disability & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 2-15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Partially Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides students opportunities to deepen their knowledge of and ability to apply the principles and procedures of Applied Behaviour Analysis utilized with children with autism. Students practice a variety of key Behavioural Intervention skills (e.g., instructional strategies, behaviour management, and data collection) through guided observation of fluent practitioners and criterion-based skill rehearsals with fellow students. An emphasis is placed on promoting reflective Behavioural Intervention practitioners.

Course Content

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

  • Behavioural strategies will be grounded in evidence-based practice. This means that the strategies need to be informed by:
  • Demonstrating  the process of specific data collection procedures:
    • Direct observation methods
    • Outcome recording
    • Event recording
    • Interval recording
    • Time sampling
  • Demonstrating the key skills and components of the following intervention procedures:
    • Reinforcement assessments
    • Discrete trial training
    • Mand training
    • Natural environment training
    • Behavior chain teaching
    • Shaping behaviour
    • Incidental teaching
    • Imitation training and generalization
  • Describing the process of implementing a behavior intervention plan:
    • Behavioural definitions
    • Differential reinforcement
    • Problem behaviour focus
  • Observation and participating with expert practitioners is crucial for increasing fluency and effectiveness.

Methods of Instruction

  • Critical feedback based on videos of practice
  • Online discussion forums
  • Lab Observation
  • Demonstration
  • Role play
  • Critical Feedback
  • Work site observation
  • Readings descriptions
  • Competency-based training

Means of Assessment

  • Online Quizzes
  • Reflection assignment
  • Criteria- based role play performance
  • Participation and engagement
This is a Mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.       Describe the core features of Behavioural Intervention for young children with autism

2.      Identify and provide examples of the core features

3.       Assess and apply specific learning concepts taken from selected readings

4.       Define various intervention procedures

5.       Describe specific data collection procedures

course prerequisites

CCSD 1140, CCSD 1150, CCSD 2334, BHIN 1230


BHIN 1256

curriculum 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.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.