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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angelika Anderson


This unit will focus on the principles and procedures of behaviour modification 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. Psychological change interventions from behavioural and cognitive-behavioural therapies will be compared and investigated. 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 underlying behaviour modification, and the procedures to establish new behaviours; studied a range of behaviour change interventions derived from behavioural and cognitive-behavioural therapies; gained applied knowledge and skill development of observational systems and experimental design for the assessment and treatment of problem behaviours; considered key theoretical issues surrounding behavioural modification; and acquired a greater understanding of the social, legal and ethical context of behavioural treatment.


Case Study: Behaviour Change Program (1,500 words): 40%; and Essay (2,500 words): 60 %.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Angelika Anderson

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