EDF5682 - Applications of behaviour analysis in diverse contexts - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2018


This unit introduces the science of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) as the objective evaluation and measurement of human behaviour leading to the design of interventions to improve behaviours across different contexts and populations. It illustrates new and diverse applications of ABA concepts in varied settings (e.g. sports coaching, corporations, ecological improvement). In particular, the use and importance of feedback is examined in the context of self-management interventions (self-monitoring), ecological interventions (posted feedback) and task-inherent feedback. Students develop, apply and assess a simple behaviour change program of personal or professional relevance and, in so doing, apply ABA skills and practices.


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

  1. examine cases of ABA application across varied contexts
  2. develop, implement and monitor the effects of a behaviour change program
  3. interpret research using scientific methods of applied behaviour analysis (e.g. measurement of behaviours, single-case experimental designs) in relation to a personal or professional intervention
  4. integrate relevant, behaviour analytic tactics in their own professional practice.


Research synthesis based on four reports (3200 words or equivalent, 40%)

Applied behaviour change project (4800 words or 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

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study