PSYCH561-21A (HAM)

Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles

15 Points

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School of Psychology

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: donna.walsh@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This course provides an in-depth introduction to the conceptual foundations and core principles of behaviour analysis, including research and theory related to the concepts of reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control, derived stimulus relations, and motivating operations. Students will read materials and do assignments on those readings weekly. These readings and assignments will form the basis for class discussion and other exercises.
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Paper Structure

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Readings and associated weekly exercises: Assigned readings and the exercises are to be completed prior to the scheduled lecture time.

Tutorials: Tutorials require approximately one to two hours per week, to be completed online prior to the scheduled lecture time.

Lectures: Additional course content will be presented, and discussion of tutorials, readings, and other relevant content will take place during lecture slots; students should plan to attend all lectures.

Writing assignments: Two guided writing assignments relevant to a selection of topics will be completed by due dates specified on Moodle.

Final test: A final test will be administered online on a date to be arranged and announced on Moodle.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Explain the philosophical assumptions underlying research and practice in behaviour analysis
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  • Understand and critique concepts used in the analysis of behaviour
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  • Define, identify, and apply core behavioural principles when analysing the behaviour of humans and other animals
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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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.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Writing Assignments
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Weekly Assignments
20
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
3. Weekly Tutorials
12
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Verbal Behaviour Tutorial
5
  • Other: foxylearning.com
5. RFT Tutorial
8
  • Other: foxylearning.com
6. Final Test
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Required readings will be provided through Moodle and references will be provided for other readings. There is no one required text for this course.

Many of the readings will come from the 2013 APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis (Volumes 1 and 2), available electronically through the University of Waikato Library.

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Recommended Readings

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You may wish to purchase or borrow a general behaviour analysis textbook in case you need a refresher on any of the topics that we will be covering.

Some options:

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Online Support

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PSYC Café is a communication space and resource hub for students studying psychology, available via Moodle.

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Workload

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15 point graduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 10 hours per week. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: PSYC307 or PSYCH307 and PSYC314 or PSYCH314

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Restriction(s)

Restricted Papers: PSYC561

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