Psychology (PSYC) 365

Behaviour Modification Principles (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science
Course can also be used to fulfill Science area of study requirement (credential students only).

Prerequisite: PSYC 289 or professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Overview

PSYC 365: Behaviour Modification Principles introduces students to the field of applied behaviour analysis, which is concerned with understanding behaviour problems and solving those problems through the application of behaviour-change techniques. Students will become familiar with the general characteristics of applied behaviour analysis as well as specific procedures including reinforcement, shaping, chaining, respondent conditioning, response cost, avoidance and escape learning, schedules of reinforcement, and stimulus discrimination procedures. Students will also learn to work with behavioural data, learning to measure and record behaviours and display behavioural data in graphic form. This will allow students to begin to conduct elementary research projects in the field of applied behaviour analysis.

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing PSYC 365, you should be able to

  1. Explain the general characteristics of applied behaviour analysis.
  2. Identify and provide examples of specific procedures of behaviour modification including reinforcement, shaping, chaining, respondent conditioning, response cost, avoidance and escape learning, schedules of reinforcement, and stimulus discrimination procedures.
  3. Work with behavioural data by measuring and recording behaviours and displaying behavioural data in graphic form.
  4. Reflect upon and evaluate research articles on behaviour modification.

Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Dealing with Data
  • Unit 3: Reinforcement and Extinction
  • Unit 4: Aversive Control
  • Unit 5: Schedules of Reinforcement
  • Unit 6: Stimulus Discrimination and Motivating Operations
  • Unit 7: Shaping, Fading, and Chaining
  • Unit 8: Respondent Conditioning
  • Unit 9: Behaviour-Change Generality and Antecedent Control

Evaluation

To receive credit for PSYC 365, you must achieve a mark of at least C- (60 percent) on the examination and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). You must also complete the assignments and all of the unit quizzes. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Unit Quizzes (3% per quiz) 27%
Assignment 1: Extension Modules 8%
Assignment 2: Mastering the Basics of Visual Analysis 5%
Assignment 3: Research Articles 30%
Final Examination 30%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

The course materials for Psychology 365: Behaviour Modification Principles include the items listed below.

Textbook

Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Martin, G. L., & Pear, J. (2019). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it (11th ed.). Pearson.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

The course materials include course information and a study guide, as well as several online readings.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 365 challenge registration, you must write the examination alone, worth 100% of your final grade, and you must achieve a grade of at least C- (60 percent) or more on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, June 8, 2021.

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