Applied Behavior Analysis Courses

BH305 Behaviorism and Everyday Life.  3 hours. This course covers the basic principles in the field of behavior analysis and learned behaviors, as pioneered by B.F. Skinner. Students will be introduced to operant conditioning and will apply behavior analysis principles to situations found in everyday life.

BH307 Behavior Change Procedures. 3 hours. This course covers the basic principles of behavior modification and behavior modification procedures. Students will learn to identify and define target behaviors and learn the functional approach to understanding and treating problem behaviors. At the completion of the course, students will have developed and implemented a self-management program to modify one of their own behaviors.

BH409 Applied Behavior Analysis I. 3 hours. This course studies the history of applied behavior analysis, ethical concerns, and definitions of features, principles, methods and conceptions of ABA. This course is a prerequisite for successive courses offered in the ABA sequence. Students will learn the principles of positive and negative reinforcement and punishment, stimulus control and motivating operations. An examination of ethical concerns with the use of various procedures will be included.

BH411 Applied Behavior Analysis II. 3 hours. This course covers selecting and defining target behaviors and behavior measurement. Students will explore ways to develop new behavior using imitation, modeling, shaping and chaining and ways to decrease behaviors using extinction, differential reinforcement and antecedent interventions. Other topics include functional behavior assessment, verbal behavior, generalization and maintenance of behavior change.

BH413 Applied Behavior Analysis III. 3 hours. This course covers behavioral assessment and choosing intervention conclusions and strategies. Topics covered include single subject designs, procedures for measuring behavior as well as the detailed display of data and data understanding. Students will learn to evaluate and analyze behavior change.

BH415 Verbal Behavior. 3 hours. This course introduces students to a behavior analytic approach to the behavior of speakers and listeners. Students first learn the 7 types of elementary verbal operants identified by B. F. Skinner and to recognize examples of the concepts as they can be seen in everyday life. Structural and developmental issues, as well as implications for language training and remediation are integrated throughout.

BH417 Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis. 3 hours. This course will underline the ethnical responsibilities required in the field of applied behavior analysis. Informed consent, protection of confidentiality, and selection of least intrusive, least restrictive behavior change procedures will be presented and discussed within the context of case method. Legal issues and ethical decision making processes will be emphasized.

BH419 Applied Behavior Analysis Methodologies. 3 hours. This course provides an in-depth review of applied behavior analytic techniques. Students will learn to apply behavior analytic principles toward the improvement of socially significant behaviors in a wide range of settings as well as to evaluate the effects of behavioral procedures.