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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the principles underlying applied behaviour analysisKnowledge of a discipline
2give examples of translational research where the experimental analysis of behaviour has been appliedKnowledge of a discipline
3monitor and implement changes to their own behaviour using behavioural principlesCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4plan an effective social change program based on behavioural principles, and illustrate how it would be evaluatedCreativityKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the principles underlying applied behaviour analysis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. give examples of translational research where the experimental analysis of behaviour has been applied
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. monitor and implement changes to their own behaviour using behavioural principles
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. plan an effective social change program based on behavioural principles, and illustrate how it would be evaluated
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • 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)
Assessment
Quiz10%
Report15%
Exam: closed book50%
Project proposal25%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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