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Course Description

This course familiarizes parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals with applied behavior analysis and methods for the instruction and behavior management of individual with disabilities.
This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental vocabulary, philosophy, and methodology of the science of behavior management.  Specifically, this first course will focus on the foundations, scientific terminology, and the basic principles and tactics of the science of applied behavior analysis.  Data collection procedures and classroom management techniques will also be a major focus of this course.  This is an introductory course, so much of the course content will involve definitions of scientific terms and simple applications of the principles and strategies of the science to real-world educational or societal settings. 

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements other than a high school reading and writing level. 

Course Goals and Objectives

Course Goals

-learn the Foundations and Basic Principles of Behavior Management

-learn the Philosophy of Behavior Management

-learn Data Collection Procedures and graphing

-learn Classroom Management Techniques to Decrease or Increase Behaviors

-learn Definitions of Scientific Terms  of this Science

-learn Simple Applications of the Principles and Strategies of this Science


Course Objectives

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: Foundations of Behavior Management

Lesson 3: Introduction to Assessment

Lesson 4: Introduction to Experimental Analysis
Lesson 5: Introduction to Data Collection
Lesson 6: Introduction to Reinforcement and Punishment Principles

Lesson 7: Self-Management Strategies

Lesson 8: Single Subject Designs

Lesson 9: Graphing and Displaying Data
Lesson 10: Final Research Project

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course is divided into 10 lessons. At the end of each lesson will be brief quiz and assignment based on the lesson material.  A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the history and foundations of behavior management.
  • Describe assessment methods.
  • Know types of data collection techniques.
  • Describe experimental analysis.
  • Desribe methods to increase behavior strategies.
  • Describe methods to decrease behavior strategies.
  • Know self-management strategies, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 2 Assignment: Applied Behavior Analysis10
Lesson 2 Exam53
Lesson 3 Exam70
Lesson 4 Assignment: How to do Research10
Lesson 4 Exam17
Lesson 5 Assignment: Measurement Procedures15
Lesson 5 Exam56
Lesson 6 Assignment: Increase and Decrease Strategies for ABA15
Lesson 6 Exam67
Lesson 7 Assignment: Self-Management and Regulation of Behavior15
Lesson 7 Exam66
Lesson 8 Assignment: Introduction to Design25
Lesson 8 Exam52
Lesson 9 Assignment: Presentation of the Data25
Lesson 9 Exam13
Lesson 10 Assignment: The Final Project50
Final Exam100
Total Points:660

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