• About

    Students will be able to identify the ultimate outcomes for the person or persons involved, identify sequential or concurrent intermediate outcomes, identify the behavior or behaviors targeted for change in observable and measurable terms, and establish positive interpersonal relationships using behavior change procedures.

    The course is based upon the BACB® Fourth Edition Task List.  Content Area and Task numbers covered for each class day are indicated for each class in the schedule, below. Students will also be able to select procedures based on hypotheses generated from behavioral assessment data; select behavior change procedures that are consistent with the principles of behavior and published research, when more than one procedure is indicated; select behavior change procedures based on competencies of the behavior analyst and other persons who will be carrying out the program; and when weakening behavior, develop a behavior replacement plan using the least restrictive interventions likely to be effective given the function of the behavior to be weakened. 

    Students will be able to use setting events and contextual or ecological variables; select, develop and use incidental teaching techniques; use consequence based interventions: reinforcers; potential reinforcers; appropriate parameters and values of reinforcement; and appropriate schedules of positive reinforcement.  Students will be able to identify variables affecting reinforcement effectiveness, differential reinforcement, punishers, potential punishers, appropriate parameters, values and schedules of punishment, variables affecting punishment effectiveness, negative effects and limitations of punishers in changing behavior and their effects on behavior.  Also, students will be able to use extinction and stimulus control strategies, develop and implement shaping, chaining, token economies, and self-control procedures.

    Instructor: Michael Weinberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

    This is a tablet friendly course


  • Training Hours

    Equivalent to 45 hours of classroom time; 3 semester hours available through Brandman University’s Extended Education Department


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  • Method of Delivery

    Online, self paced, competency tested course

  • Program Requirements

    Method of Evaluation: Students must complete all lessons for each course and attain 90% or higher average on probes (Quizzes), exams, and online activities.  “Probes” are based upon content of the prior few classes and are not inclusive of material in other areas. 

    Class Policies:  Students are required to participate in the online courses and complete all activities and quizzes based on the 90% or higher performance criterion.  A Course Certificate will be given contingent upon 80% average mastery of exams, compliance to attendance policy, and full payment of all tuition and/or fees. 

  • Readings

    Required Texts:

    Cooper, J.O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied Behavior
    Analysis (2nd Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Applied-Behavior-Analysis-John-Cooper/dp/0131421131/

    Mayer, G. R., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Wallace, M. (2011). Behavior Analysis
    for Lasting Change. Cornwall on Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing.

    Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Behavior-Analysis-Lasting-Change-Mayer/dp/1597380326/ 

    Robbins, S. J., Schwartz, B., & Wasserman, E. A. (2001). Psychology of
    Learning and Behavior. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Co.

    Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Learning-Behavior-Steven-Robbins/dp/0393975916/

    Bailey, J. & Burch, M. (2011). Ethics for Behavior Analysts. London, England: Routledge.

    Buy Here: http://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Behavior-Analysts-2nd-Expanded/dp/0415880300/

    Optional but Recommended Text:

    Martin, G. & Pear, J. (2000). Behavior Modification: What is it and how to do it? Prentice


    Brandman University's Course Content Verification Table

    Basic Principles and Characteristics of Behavior Syllabus

    Assessment and Evaluation System

  • Eligibility Requirements

    1. I can verify that I possess a minimum of a Bachelors Degree and understand that I may be asked to provide evidence of this
    2. I can verify that I am at least 18 years old.
    3. I agree that if my course or program tuition is being paid for by my employer, CoAHS can provide the following information should the employer requested it:
      • Identifying information
      • Progress measures
      • Academic Transcript
    4. I agree to the Standard Terms and Conditions
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