OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Provides an overview of the principles of behaviour analysis, and an opportunity for students to explore their application in their own area(s) of practice interest. The conceptual bases of behaviour analysis are described, as well as procedure for their implementation and evaluation. Examples of successful implementation in a wide range of environments at individual, organisational, and cultural levels are provided. Students will engage in deeper research by considering how behaviour analytic techniques could be employed to solve a specified problem in an area of their own interest. A discussion of the philosophical and ethical questions which underpin the use of behaviour change principles will also be provided.

Unit content

  • The conceptual bases of behaviour analysis
  • Principles of behaviour change
  • Functional analysis
  • Designing a behaviour change program
  • Evaluating a behaviour change program
  • Problem solving around behaviour change
  • Behaviour change, education and disability
  • Behaviour change in health
  • Changing organisations, societies, and cultures
  • Information technology and behaviour change
  • Verbal behaviour
  • Ethics and philosophy of behaviour analysis

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Cooper, JO, Heron, TE & Heward, WL, 2020, Applied Behavior Analysis, 3rd edition, Global Edition, Pearson Education Limited, Edinburgh Gate, UK. ISBN: 10: 1-292-32463-5 | 13: 978-1-292-32463-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (10 weeks )
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%
Project proposal25%

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