Course Descriptions - Applied Behavior Analysis

ABA 5100 Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis 3 semester hours
This course provides a foundation for beginning graduate students in the experimentally derived principles of respondent and operant conditioning and the role of those principles in accounting for the behavior of humans and non-humans. This course, the first in a sequence of courses, provides an in-depth introduction to the philosophy, concepts, and principles of behavior analysis.

ABA 5200 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis 3 semester hours
This course is an introduction to applied behavior analysis, which is a field dedicated to the application of behavioral principles and procedures. We will cover basic principles such as reinforcement, stimulus control, extinction, etc. and we will address how these principles are commonly used in addressing behavioral problems of social significance. In addition, we will cover particular topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, classroom management and developmental disabilities, among others.

ABA 5300 Clinical and Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 semester hours
This course covers behavior measurement systems and single subject (within subject) experimental designs. Sound understanding of these topics is critical to the success of any practicing applied behavior analysts. In the class you will learn how to construct behavioral definitions, data collection systems, critically evaluate research, and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of clinical interventions.

ABA 5400 Behavioral Assessment 3 semester hours
This course covers the topic of behavioral assessment. Behavioral assessment is a large part of any practicing applied behavior analyst's daily duties. In this course students will take what they have learned in previous courses and practicum experience and apply it to behavior problems of social significance. Specifically, students will define behavioral excesses and deficits in behavioral terms, define environmental variables in observable and measurable terms, identify critical information in records, design and implement behavioral assessments, and learn how to interpret assessment results. Additionally, students will be required to explain the results of these assessments in non-technical language and participate in simulated interdisciplinary team meetings.

ABA 6100 Theory and Philosophy for ABA Practitioners 3 semester hours
This course will familiarize students with some of the historical, theoretical and philosophical viewpoints that characterize radical behaviorism...the philosophy that gave rise to applied behavior analysis. During the course students will be presented with the various theoretical and philosophical positions that define radical behaviorism. During the course each of the topics will be addressed and the practical significance of each of these positions will be discussed.

ABA 6200 Behavioral Interventions 3 semester hours
This course is designed to further students' working knowledge of behavioral interventions. In this course students will be explore the scholarly research that has given rise to common behavioral treatments and discuss the benefits and limitations of various behavioral interventions. Additionally, students will be required to develop interventions targeting both skill acquisition and behavior reduction.

ABA 6300 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis 3 semester hours
This course is designed to further students' working knowledge of various intellectual and developmental disabilities and contemporary issues that applied behavior analysts encounter in the workplace. Throughout the course students will lead discussions describing the etiology, behavioral characteristics, special considerations, and areas of issues future research for various intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ABA 6400 Professional and Ethical Issues 3 semester hours
This course is designed to familiarize students with the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts that was developed by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Throughout the course students will review scholarly work and cases relevant to each of the guidelines outlined by the BACB.

ABA 6500 Capstone Course 3 semester hours
This course is designed to serve as a final evaluation for graduating students. Students will be required to complete a capstone project that demonstrates the basic competencies of a practicing behavior analyst and pass a comprehensive examination.

ABA 6810 Special Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis 3 semester hours
This course is designed to discuss new advances in the field of applied behavior analysis .Topics include but are not limited to the following: verbal behavior, relational frame theory, staff training, assessment and treatment considerations for specific populations, etc.

ABA 6900 Intensive Practicum 9 total semester hours (3 semester hours each taken over 3 semesters)
This course is designed to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB) Intensive Practicum requirements. Students will be required to complete 20 hours a week of supervised experience that focuses on the development of new behavior-analytic skills (see bacb.com for more information about activities that qualify).

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