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:
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    • Learn the concepts and theories of behavior therapy and modification.
    • Use critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
    • Analyze own and other’s individual and group behavior
    • Identify procedures to establish new behavior, to increase desirable behavior and decrease undesirable behavior
    • Connect real world issues and events to establish behavior change program
    • Act ethically, and reflect values in their personal and professional behavior.
  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
    • Introduction to Behavior Modification
    • Observing and Recording Behavior
    • Graphic Behaviors and Measuring Change
    • Reinforcement
    • Extinction
    • Punishment
    • Stimulus Control
    • Respondent Condition
    • Understanding Problem Behaviors through Functional Assessment
    • Applying Extinction
    • 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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