EDF5681 - Behaviour analysis: Implementation and experimental methods - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Angelika Anderson
Erin Leif


Erin Leif

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (Flexible)




This unit extends students' knowledge and skills in applied behaviour analysis, focusing on the implementation of behaviour change interventions and advanced discussions of the experimental methods used to inform the practice of behaviour analysis. Students identify target behaviours, explore intervention procedures and learn how to assess the effectiveness and validity of interventions. Students deepen their knowledge to inform their responses to complex professional issues experienced by behaviour analysts, including the choice of appropriate target behaviours.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. select and implement relevant assessment and intervention procedures
  2. make judgements regarding the evidence-base for procedures and interventions
  3. use experimentation to assess intervention effectiveness in practice
  4. respond to complex issues involved in professional practice as a behaviour analyst
  5. discuss social validity issues concerning the choice of target behaviours and appropriate interventions for vulnerable populations.


Literature review (3000 words equivalent, 40%)

Intervention study (5000 words equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • Independent study to meet the required minimum hours during the semester

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