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Advanced Topics in Applied Behaviour Analysis: Intervention

Course Code: DACS 4116
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Online, Hybrid
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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. 

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, 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

course prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • DACS 4114 


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

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.

course schedule and availability
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.