Faculty of Education

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angelika Anderson


This unit will focus on the principles and procedures of applied behaviour analysis in changing human behaviour. A range of behaviour change procedures to establish new behaviours, to increase desirable behaviours, and decrease undesirable behaviours will be studied. The characteristics of functional analysis as a bridge between effective assessment and intervention procedures will be considered. This unit will also introduce the basic issues in developing behaviour modification programs to change one's own behaviour: a process called self-management.


On completion of this unit students will have a clear understanding of the basic principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis including their application to establish new behaviours, increase desired behaviours, and diminish inappropriate behaviours. Students will also have gained applied knowledge and skills of observational systems and experimental design used in single subject research, considered key theoretical issues surrounding behavioural modification, and acquired a greater understanding of the social, legal and ethical context of behavioural treatment.


Class test (equivalent to 450 words); 10 %; Case Study (1,800 words): 40%; and Essay (2,250 words): 50%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

12 Hours per week (One 2 hour lecture per week)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) - accredited major sequence in psychology