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

    About this paper

    Paper title Behaviour Analysis
    Subject Psychology
    EFTS 0.0833
    Points 10 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
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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.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
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