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Functional Behaviour Assessment and Intervention

Course Code: DACS 5112
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Disability & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Online, Partially Online
Typically Offered: Winter
course overview

In this upper level course, students deepen their professional knowledge, skills, and abilities in conducting various functional behaviour assessments and in selecting individualized interventions for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.

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
  • Problem behaviours are best assessed via a functional behaviour assessment.
  • Problem behaviours are best remediated via a functional and not a structural approach to intervention.
  • Initial selection and refinement of interventions are predicated on a visual analysis of baseline and ongoing data.
  • Interventions are most likely to succeed when consistently implemented across settings and people:
    • Parents and other caregivers are key to ensure that gains generalize across settings and are maintained over time

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Case studies
  • Audio-visual presentations
  • Problem-based learning
  • Reading groups
  • Self-directed online learning

Means of Assessment

  • On-line contributions
  • Module exams
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical treatment plans
  • Academic essay

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate peer-reviewed behavioural research for current best practices in functional behaviour assessments and function-based interventions.
  2. Conduct behavioural assessments to identify the functions that maintain problem behaviours employing indirect, direct, and experimental methods.
  3. Select clinically and contextually appropriate function-based interventions with attention to peer-reviewed, evidence-based procedures, and contemporary professional ethics.
  4. Craft contextually appropriate instructional methods for conducting parent and staff training.

course prerequisites

DACS 5111 AND DACS 5121


DACS 5122

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.