Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification

  1. Module Title: Behavior Modification
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 385
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description:
    This course provides an overview on theories, principles, and techniques as well as applications to specific problems and disorders. It examines events and environment that impact human behavior. Topics cover traditional behavior modification, social learning theory, classical conditioning, operant learning, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Students will learn how each behavior principles apply to their own and other’s behavior and attain a better understanding of the complexities of our human existence and be more able to help people cope with the many problems they face in life.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
    1. Define human behaviour and explore the characteristics and historical roots of behaviour modification. Analyze the target behaviour using direct and indirect assessment tools. Explore the factors that influence the effectiveness of reinforcement and extinction. 1.1 Define human behaviour and explore characteristics and historical roots of behaviour modification
    1.2 Analyze target behaviour using direct and indirect assessment
    1.3 Explore factors that influence the effectiveness of reinforcement and extinction
    2. Students will gain an in-depth understanding through the discussion on positive and negative punishment using the examples of functional assessment. Evaluate the differential reinforcement of other behaviour with an alternative behaviour. 2.1 Discussion on positive and negative punishment
    2.2 Outline examples of functional assessment
    2.3 Evaluate differential reinforcement of other behaviour with alternative behaviour
    2.4 Define antecedent control procedures
    3. Time-out and response cost using punishment will be explored in-depth with five positive punishment procedures. Aversive activities will be identified using ethical issues. 3.1 Explore time-out and response cost using punishment
    3.2 Application of aversive activities and stimulation
    3.3 Understanding the ethics of punishment
    3.4 Defining generalization and strategies for promoting generalization of behaviour change
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exams 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    Topic
    • Introduction to Behavior Modification
    • Observing and Recording Behavior
    • Reinforcement
    • Extinction
    • Punishment
    • Stimulus Control – Dricrimination & Generalization
    • Respondent Condition
    • Differential Reinforcement
    • Antecedent Control Procedures
    • Using Punishment: Time-Out and Response Cost
    • Positive Punishment Procedures and the Ethics of Punishment
    • Promoting Generalization

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