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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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Course Number and Syllabus:  HSC 3102 (PDF)

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide all of the curriculum requirements necessary to become a BACB Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) or a QABA Applied Behavior Analysis Technician (ABAT), with employment opportunities in the field of health care after course completion. This course also provides content for students interested in an advanced career path in the field of behavior analysis and is the first in a series of courses designed to meet the curriculum requirements to become a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BACB) or a Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor (QASP-S). Content in the course serves as a basic introduction to behavior analytic principles, definitions, characteristics, processes, and concepts, measurement, assessment, and behavior change procedures. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th Edition Task List, the Registered Behavior Technician 2nd Edition Task List, and the ABAT and QASP-S certifications from the QABA.

The course is offered independent of the BACB and QABA.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Tarbox, J., & Tarbox, C. (2016). Training manual for behavior technicians: Working with individuals with autism.

Academic Press. ISBN 978-0128094082

Course Number and Syllabus:  HSC 3114 (PDF)

Course Description: 

For those interested in pursuing a career path in the field of health, this course is the second in a series of courses designed to meet the curriculum requirements to become a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BACB) or a Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor. 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. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task List and consists of (5) Hours of BACB Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts, (5) hours of philosophical underpinnings, (5) Hours of Measurement, Data Display and Interpretation, and (30) Hours Assessment. The content is also based on the QABA QASP-S Standard and consists of (5) hours QABA Code of ethics, (5) Hours of Data Collection and Analysis, (5) hours core principles, and (30) hours of Assessment. This course is offered independently of the BACB and QABA.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Miltenberger, R.G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

ISBN-10: 1305109392

Course Number and Syllabus:  HSC 4720 (PDF)

Course Description: 

This course is the third in a series designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge to be eligible for a career as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BACB) or a Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor 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. The emphasis of this course is on the ethical application of behavior analysis in context. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task List and consists of (10) hours of Philosophical Underpinnings, (10) hours of Measurement, Data Display, and Interpretation/Experimental Design, (5) hours of BACB Ethics Code, (10) hours Behavior Change Procedures; Selecting and Implementing Interventions and, (10) hours of Personnel Supervision and Management. The content is also based on the QABA QASP-S Standard and consists of (5) hours QABA Code of ethics, (10) hours core principles, (10) Hours of Data Collection and Analysis, and (10) hours of Antecedent Interventions, Skill Acquisition Programming, and Behavior Reduction interventions, and (10) hours Training and Supervision. This course is offered independently of the BACB and QABA.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Miltenberger, R.G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning. ISBN-10: 1305109392

Course Number and Syllabus:  HSC 4580 (PDF)

Course Description: 

This course is the fourth in a series designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge to be eligible for a career as a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BACB) or a Qualified Autism Service Practitioner- Supervisor 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. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task List and consists of (45) hours of Behavior Change Procedures. The content is also based on the QABA QASP-S Standard and consists of (45) hours of Antecedent Interventions, Skill Acquisition Programming, and Behavior Reduction interventions. This course is offered independently of the BACB and QABA.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Miltenberger, R.G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

ISBN-10: 1305109392

Course Number and Syllabus:  HSC 4654 (PDF)

Course Description: 

For those interested in pursuing a career path in the field of health, this course is among the final two in a series of courses designed to meet the curriculum requirements to become a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BACB) or a Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor. This course utilizes previous knowledge of behavior analysis and synthesizes key components into a comprehensive application of expertise regarding measurement, assessment, behavior change procedures. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task List and consists of (15) Hours of ethical and professional conduct. (The content is also based on the QABA QASP-S Standards and consists of (15) Hours of Legal, Ethical, and Professional Considerations. This course is offered independently of the BACB and QABA.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Brodhead, M. (2020). A workbook in behavioral systems analysis and ethical behavior.

ISBN 978-1-7346228-0-5

Course Number and Syllabus:  HSC 4936 (PDF)

Course Description: 

For those interested in pursuing a career path in the field of health, this course is among the final two in a series of courses designed to meet the curriculum requirements to become a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BACB) or a Qualified Autism Service Practitioner-Supervisor. This course utilizes previous knowledge of behavior analysis and synthesizes key components into a comprehensive application of expertise regarding measurement, assessment, behavior change procedures. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) Task List and consists of (10) Hours of Measurement, Data Display and Interpretation, (5) Hours Experimental Design and (15) Hours Identification of the Problem and Assessment. The content is also based on the QABA QASP-S Standards.

This course is offered independently of the BACB and QABA.

Required Textbook/Materials:

Brodhead, M. (2020). A workbook in behavioral systems analysis and ethical behavior.

ISBN 978-1-7346228- 0-5

O'Neill, R. E., Albin, R. W., Storey, K., Horner, R. H., & Sprague, J. R. (2014). Functional assessment and program development. Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1285734828


Graduate Courses

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Students who enrolled in our coursework prior to Fall 2019 were part of a 4th Edition Task List cohort, and those cohorts included EDF 6227 or EDF 6944 instead of EDF 6224.  Please email aba@uwf.edu if you need to obtain a copy of UWF's 4th Edition Task List Course Content Grid.  

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6225 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: This course serves as a basic introduction to behavior analytic principles, definitions, characteristics, processes, and concepts. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as the first in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbook/Materials:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 9780134752556

PrecisionX SAFMEDS training package: purchased through Central Reach after enrollment. (Instructions will be included in the course)

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6226 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: This course serves to introduce assessment methodology of applied behavior analysis, including appropriate ethical considerations. Selecting and defining target behavior, as well as appropriate measurement systems are examined. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 9780134752556

PrecisionX SAFMEDS training package: purchased through Central Reach after enrollment. (Instructions will be included in the course)

 

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6223 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: This course provides students with the ability to identify applied behavior analytic procedures to facilitate effective behavior change. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 9780134752556

PrecisionX SAFMEDS training package: purchased through Central Reach after enrollment. (Instructions will be included in the course)

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6437  (PDF)

Course Description: This course provides students with concepts in measurement and design of single case methodology to establish reliable intervention procedures, positive behavior change, systems support, while adhering to management, supervision, and ethical and professional issues relevant to the practice of behavioral intervention and research design. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbooks:

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

Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E., & Heward, W.L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis. (3rd Ed.). Prentice Hall. 

PrecisionX. Students will be required to purchase a SAFMEDS training package. Students will be responsible for charting their daily progress online and the data will be verified several times throughout the course via real-time or pre-recorded check-ins with your instructor. 

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6557 Syllabus (PDF)

Course Description: This course serves as a basic introduction to ethical codes related to persons practicing in the field of behavior analysis and related disciplines. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbooks:

Cooper, J. O., Heward, W. L., & Heron, T. E. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 9780134752556

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).

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6222 Syllabus  (PDF)

Course Description: This course examines the philosophical underpinnings 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. These concepts are then related to applied activities, both clinically and in the real-world. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as the first in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. 

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

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6224 (PDF)

Course Description: This course 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. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbooks:

Reid, D.H., Parsons, M.B., & Green, C.W. (2012). The Supervisors Guidebook Volume 4: The Behavior Analysis Application in Developmental Disabilities Series. Habilitative Management Consultants Inc. Morgantown, NC.

 

Optional Elective Courses (for Degree-Seeking Students only):
  • Make sure to check the syllabus for pre-requisite requirements
  • EDF 6227 may substitute for EDF 7944 in the 4th Edition course sequence.

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6227 (PDF)

Course Description: In this course, 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. These basic concepts are then synthesized into applied research relevant in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. This course serves as an elective for non-degree seeking students or as part of a degree plan cognate. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as one in a series of courses that prepares students to develop a foundation in research centered endeavors in behavior analysis. 

Required Textbooks:

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

Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. (3rd Ed.). Prentice Hall. 

CyberRat Software. 

Course Number and Syllabus  EDF 6221 (PDF)

Course Description: This course serves as a basic introduction to autism and related disorders and the assessment and behavior change procedures used for skill acquisition. The content is related to concepts outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task List and covers the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards for Autism Core Knowledge. This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Textbooks:

Tarbox, J., & Tarbox, C. (2016). Training manual for behavior technicians working with individuals with autism. Academic Press. (Paperback ISBN: 9780128094082  eBook ISBN: 9780128122167)

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

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6325 (PDF)

Course Description: This course focuses on legal and ethical concerns related to behavior analytic service delivery. The content is partially based on specific topics in the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th Edition Task List, the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts and covers the Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA) Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA) Competency Standards for Legal, Ethical, and Professional Considerations and QABA Code of Ethics. In addition to these specific organizations, legal codes, mandates, and case law relevant to Applied Behavior Analysis are also covered. This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam or the Qualified Behavior Analyst (QBA). 

Required Text

Yell, M. (2019). The Law and Special Education.  Pearson. ISBN-13 9780135178324

 Optional Text

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

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6944 (PDF)

Course Description: This course provides students with an applied environment to practice measurement and design of single case methodology using reliable intervention procedures, positive behavior change, systems support, while adhering to management, supervision, and ethical and professional issues relevant to the practice of behavioral intervention and research design. This course serves as an elective for non-degree seeking students or as part of a degree plan cognate. The content is based on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task (see below under Topics Covered). This course serves as one in a series of courses that prepares students to develop a foundation in research centered endeavors in behavior analysis. 

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. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. Pearson Education. ISBN-13: 9780134752556

American Psychological Association. (2019). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Course Number and Syllabus:  EDF 6229 (PDF)

Course Description: This course prepares students to create behavioral programming appropriate to meet the individual needs presented by a client when practicing as a Board Certified Behavior Analysis across medical, community, and educational settings. The content is related to concepts outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) 5th edition Task. This course serves as only one in a series of courses that prepares students to apply for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) exam or the Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam. 

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.