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PSYC401 Behaviour Analysis

Experimental analysis of behaviour and its application in clinical and nonclinical problems.

Paper title Behaviour Analysis
Paper code PSYC401
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
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PSYC 465
Admission requires an average grade of at least B+ in 300-level PSYC papers and satisfactory performance in PSYC311.

Students who have been provisionally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Training Programme are required to take PSYC 401-406, each of which is a 10-point single-semester paper. PSYC 402-406 are for clinical students only.

Teaching staff
Dr Brent Alsop
Paper Structure
This paper introduces the principles and methodology of applied and experimental behaviour analysis. The paper features lectures covering:
  • Behavioural approaches and small-N research
  • Classical conditioning
  • Choice
  • Self-control
  • Contiguity and contingency
  • Reinforcement
  • Antecedent influences
  • Decreasing behaviour
Assessment: 50% of the final grade is based on the final examination, and 50% is from internal assessment. The latter typically involves a major essay on an applied topic and a smaller presentation to the class.
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an understanding of the principles and concepts of behaviour analysis and their application in applied settings.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-14, 16, 18-22