Course, Syllabi and Textbook Information

View the syllabus for each course as well as required textbook information. Detailed course schedules with assignments are provided at the start of each course.


Refer to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board for additional information.

Undergraduate Courses

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HSC 3991/3102 - Health Science Essentials of Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: HSC 3102 (PDF)

Course Description: This course is designed to provide the curriculum requirements necessary to become a Registered Behavior Technician, with employment opportunities in the field of health care after course completion and additional practical and exam requirements as stipulated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. This course serves as a basic introduction to behavior analytic principles, definitions, characteristics, processes, and concepts, measurement, assessment, and behavior change procedures.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Wallace, M. & Mayer, G.R. (2017). Principles of applied behavior analysis for behavior technicians and other practitioners. Sloan Publishing: Cornwall on Hudson, NY ISBN: 978-1-59738-067-6

HSC 3992/3114 - Problem Identification and Functional Assessment in Health Science

Course Number and Syllabus: HSC 3992 (PDF)

Course Description: This course provides in depth analysis of behavior analytic principles, definitions, characteristics, processes, and concepts, and assessment. Students learn the knowledge and skills to conduct meaningful functional assessments in multiple applications within the health context from leadership and management to individual clinical practice.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Mayer, R.G., Sulzer-Azaroff, B., & Wallace, M. (2019). Behavior analysis for lasting change (4th ed.) Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing. ISBN-10: 1-59738-085-7

HSC 4720 - Methodology in Behavior Analysis in Health Science

Course Number and Syllabus: HSC 4720 (PDF)

Course Description: Building on the basic concepts of behavior analysis, this course further develops knowledge of measurement, experimental design, and ethics. Students learn the knowledge and skills to precisely observe, measure, and design basic assessments and evaluations in multiple applications within the health context from leadership and management to individual clinical practice.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Miltenberger, R.G. (2015). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN-10: 1305109392

HSC 4580 - Functional Applications of Behavior Analysis in Health Science

Course Number and Syllabus: HSC 4580 (PDF)

Course Description: Building on the basic concepts of behavior analysis, functional assessment, and systematic measurement this course serves as an overview of functional applications of behavior change procedures in health contexts from leadership and management to individual clinical and therapeutic practice.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Miltenberger, R.G. (2015). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN-10: 1305109392

Johnston, J.M. & Reid, D. H. (2015). Behavioral services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sloan Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-59738-065-2




Graduate Courses

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EDF 6225 - Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6225 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: A basic introduction to behavior analytic principles, definitions, characteristics, processes, and concepts.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

Chartlytics SAFMEDS training package: purchased through Chartlytics after enrollment.

EDF 6226 - Behavioral Assessments, Interventions, and Outcomes in Education

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6226 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Behavioral assessment, selecting behavioral outcomes, selecting behavioral strategies, and ethical and professional standards issues relevant to the practice of behavior analysis.

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

Chartlytics SAFMEDS training package: purchased through Chartlytics after enrollment.

 

EDF 6223 - Positive Behavioral Change and System Support in Educational Setting

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6223 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Behavior change procedures and systems support for Applied Behavior Analysis.

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

EDF 6437 - Measurement and Single Case Design

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6437 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Measurement of behavioral data, data display, data interpretation, experimental evaluation of interventions, and ethical considerations of applied behavior analysis and research.

Required Textbooks:

Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN: 0205340237)

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

EDF 6557 - Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6557 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Participants learn the issues relevant to ethical and professional conduct in applied behavior analysis including consent, conflict of interest, assessment, behavior change, monitoring, reporting, and applicable law. Content is drawn from the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts. This course serves as the fourth in a series that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. (2nd Ed.). Prentice Hall. (ISBN:0-13-142113-1)

Broadhead, M. T., Cox, D. J., and Quigley, S. P. (2018). Practical Ethics for Effective Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (Critical Specialties in Treating Autism and other Behavioral Challenges).

EDF 6222 - Concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6222 Syllabus  (PDF)

Course Description: Participants learn concepts of applied behavior analysis via BF Skinner’s writings, as well as other historical contributors to the field. Underlying assumptions of science are stressed, including determinism, selectionism, empiricism, parsimony, and pragmatism. The content is based on specific topics via the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List, as well as early applications of operant conditioning across populations. This course serves as an additional elective for degree-seeking or interested students that meet the pre-requisites. 

Required Textbooks:

Moore, J. (2015). From a behavioral point of view: A psychological primer. Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing.

Schneider, S. M. (2012). The Science of Consequences: How they affect genes, change the brain, and impact our world. New York, NY: Prometheus Books.

Skinner, B. F. (1953). Science and human behavior. New York, NY: Freedom Press.

Skinner, B. F. (1976) About Behaviorism. Vintage. New York. ISBN 0394716183

EDF 6224 - Supervision and Management Fluency

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6224  (PDF)

Course Description: Provides students with the applied knowledge for personnel supervision and management when implementing Applied Behavior Analysis. Students will establish clear procedures and approaches to personnel management and improved client outcomes via precise data collection.

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E., & Heward, W.L. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. (2nd ed.). Prentice Hall. (ISBN: O-675-20223-X)

Additional Text TBD



Optional Elective Courses:

  • Prerequisites: EDF 6225, EDF 6226, and EDF 6223
  • EDF 6227 may substitute for EDF 7944 in the required 6-course sequence.
EDF 6227 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6227 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: Participants learn foundational knowledge and concepts of experimental analysis of behavior to include demonstrating the operations of principles of behavior in the context of basic research in multiple areas of investigation such as schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, conditioned reinforcement choice, and establishing/motivational operations while adhering to management, supervision, and ethical and professional issues relevant to experimental research. The content is based on specific topics via the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition Task List, as well as basic experimental principles of operant conditioning. This course serves as either an alternative for EDF 7944 in a series of six courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or as an additional elective for degree seeking or interested students that meet the pre-requisites. 

Required Textbooks:

Catania, A. C. (2013). Learning. (5th ed.). Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing

Sidman, M. (1998 ). Tactics of scientific research: Evaluating experimental data in psychology. Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. ISBN‐10: 0962331104

Students will also be required to purchase CyberRat Software as a requirement for the course

EDF 6321 - Intensive Intervention in Autism and Related Disabilities

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6321 (PDF)

Course Description: This course focuses on direct intervention services with learners on the autism spectrum or other related disorders

Required Textbooks:

Skinner, B. F. (2015 reprint of 1957 Edition) Verbal Behavior. ISBN-13: 978-1614278658 or ISBN-10: 1614278652

Sundberg, M. L. (2008) VB-MAPP: Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program, Full Set (Instructor Manual + Scoring Protocol).

EDF 6325 - Autism and the Law

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6325 (PDF)

Course Description: This course focuses on legal and ethical concerns related to behavior analytic service delivery.

Required Textbooks:

Unumb. L. S. & Unumb, D. R. (2011). Autism and the Law: Cases, Statutes, and Materials. Carolina Academic Press. Durham, North Carolina.

EDF 6944 - Advanced Single Case Design in Applied Setting

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6944 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: As a capstone experience, students design and implement a single case design research project addressing an issue relevant to their interests while exploring the ethical and practical implications of conducting applied research.

Required Textbooks:

Kennedy, C. H. (2005). Single-case designs for educational research. Boston: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN: 0205340237)

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-142113-1

American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

EDF 6280 - Curriculum Design, Stimulus Equivalence, and Generativity

Course Number and Syllabus: EDF 6280 (PDF)

Course Description: Focuses on the behavior analytic approach to learning and retention based on concepts of stimulus equivalence and generativity. These concepts can be applied to effective curriculum design and instructional control.

Required Textbooks:

Tiemann, P. W., & Markle, S. M. (date). Analyzing Instructional Content: A guide to Instruction and Evaluation. Fourth Edition. Morningside Press.

Johnson, K., & Street, E. M., (date). The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction. What it means to leave no child behind. Morningside Press.



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