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This course is intended to give students an introduction to the philosophy of behaviourism, to the experimental methods used in the study of behaviour and learning, and to the application of behavioural principles for helping with behaviour change.
Normally in most weeks there are two 2-hr lectures and one 1-hr laboratory class. This year, due to Covid 19 all lectures will be online in the form of Moodle lessons and some synchronous and asynchronous interactive sessions. Laboratory classes will be face to face.
You will select a permanent laboratory time through Moodle during the first week of semester. During laboratory classes you will engage in various exercises relating to behaviour analysis and preparing you for the laboratory exercises. For your laboratory exercises, this year you will have a choice between conducting training with a companion animal in its home environment and a self-management intervention, where you are your own participant.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Conduct basic research and data analysis for study of nonhuman and human behaviour
The laboratory exercises are intended to give students some direct experience with human and nonhuman behaviour experimentation and data collection and to give them the opportunity to learn to analyse and present research.Linked to the following assessments:
Describe and understand fundamentals of behavioural research and treatment
The course provides preparation for working with human and nonhuman behaviour change and problem behaviours and should prepare students to read and comprehend journal articles in the areas studied. The principles covered in this course serve as important background for those wishing to understand behavioural approaches to treatment and addressing behavioural deficits and excesses.Linked to the following assessments:
Enter into postgraduate study in behaviour analysis
By the end of the course, students who perform well in this paper should be prepared to enter the graduate papers which follow from this course and which are part of the BSocSc(Hons) PGDip(Psych) or MAppPsy(Behaviour Analysis) degrees.Linked to the following assessments:
Obtain qualification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (R), provided other conditions are also met
Additionally, the course is a prerequisite for the University of Waikato graduate-level Verified Course Sequence (VCS) which leads to eligibility for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst provided additional conditions are met (see www.bacb.com).Linked to the following assessments:
This course will be assessed internally via three course work tasks: Two tests, and Lab assignments. Further details on each of these are provided below.
Course Credits for Research Participation
Up to 4% worth of course credit can be obtained by participating in research undertaken by students or staff of the University of Waikato or by completing a text based research exercise. These course credits cannot be used to change your overall grade from a fail to a pass, but may be used to increase your grade, for example, from a B to a B+. Typically you will be offered 1% course credit for participating. Relevant projects are advertised on Psych Café (under Research Participation).
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Lab Assignments||
|2. Test 1||
21 Aug 2020
No set time
|3. Test 2||
16 Oct 2020
No set time
Required and Recommended Readings*
There are assigned readings for lectures and laboratory classes. Please purchase the required textbook. Content from the recommended texts will also be used. Required and recommended texts will be available on course reserve at the library and parts may be available on Moodle.
Mayer, G. R., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Wallace, M. (2019). Behavior analysis for lasting change. Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, Sloan Publishing. Cornwall-on-Hudson. NY 12520.
- Baum, W.M. (2017). Understanding Behaviorism: Behavior, culture and evolution (3rd ed). Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2014). Applied Behavior Analysis (2nd ed.). Harlow, Essex: Pearson.
- Martin, G., & Pear, J. (2015). Behavior Modification: What it is and how to do it (10th ed.). Boston Pearson Education.
- Pierce, W. D, & Cheney, C. D. (2013) Behavior Analysis and Learning (5th ed.). Taylor & Francis.
Lecture notes will be available prior to or shortly after the lecture on Moodle.
Online support is available from the teaching assistant, lab instructors, lecturers, and convener through Private Help on Moodle.
A range of links and resources have been made available on Moodle.
Linkages to Other Papers*
Prerequisite papers: PSYCH204 or PSYC225 and PSYCH211 or PSYC208 or equivalent.
Restricted papers: PSYC314