ABS100 - Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-13 14:32:41.312
Last review date 2018-07-13 14:32:41.313

Subject Title
Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis

Subject Description
This subject introduces the student to the principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA), which is the basis for Intensive Behavioural Interventions (IBI). In addition to basic terminology, students will learn when and how to use these techniques appropriately. Students will also learn how to access and interpret journal publications in the field of autism and applied behaviour analysis.

Credit Status
One Credit toward the Autism and Behavioural Science Ontario Graduate Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. State the underlying principles of applied behaviour analysis. Explain its dimension.
2. Explain the differences between various models within behavioural psychology.
3. Research and evaluate scientific literature and determine its relevance and application to clinical practice in ASD
4. Evaluate treatment effectiveness through data collection, graphing and analysis, and report findings to treatment team verbally and in writing
5. Make effective presentations of key concepts in ABA.

Vocational Learning Outcomes: Autism and Behavioural Science Program
1. Assess and analyze the characteristics, skills and behaviour of individuals with ASD to effectively implement evidence-based behavioural interventions.
2. Design and implement effective behavioural intervention plans under appropriate supervision and based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural intervention plans based on the principles of ABA.
4. Work collaboratively with families, teams, service providers, and the broader community to respond to the learning and behavioural needs of individuals with ASD.
5. Design, implement, and evaluate as part of a team, ABA based transition plans for individuals with ASD.
6. Comply with established ethical principles and professional guidelines.
7. Provide leadership in the promotion and provision of services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and their families.
8. Evaluate empirical evidence in order to select appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Acceptance into the Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate Program.

Topic Outline

1.  Principles of applied behaviour analysis
2.  Various models within behavioural psychology
3.  Behavioural characteristics of children with ASD
4.  Researching scientific literature related to clinical practice in ASD
5.  Developing treatment plans within ABA/IBI context
6.  Evaluate treatment through data collection and graphing and analysis
7.  Report findings to treatment team verbally and in writing
8.  Present key concepts in ABA

Mode of Instruction

The Faculty of Continuing Education and Training offers subjects in alternative modes.
This allows the student to take the Autism and Behavioural Science Ontario Graduate
Certificate Program subjects in:
      1.  the traditional classroom
      2.  on-line
      3.  mixed mode - a combination of in-class and independent study

This subject will be delivered via lecture, assigned readings, exercises, group
discussions, and independent study.

Prescribed Texts

Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures, 6th Edition.
Raymond G. Miltenberger. Wadsworth Publishing
Video Clips - Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Program Semester I & II 2010 DVD Algonquin College. Part # 88880074050 - Available to inclass students through their library access at SeneMA
1. Disk 1 – Chaining – Forward Chaining

2. Disk 1 – Chaining – Backward Chaining

3. Disk 2 – Direct Instruction

4. Disk 2 – Preference assessment – Forced Choice

5. Disk 2 – Preference Assessment – Free Operant

6. Disk 2 – Reinforcement – Fixed Schedule

7. Disk 2 – Reinforcement – Variable Schedule

8. Disk 2 – General – Discrimination Training

9. Disk 2 – Prompting – Gestural

10. Disk 2 – Prompting – Partial Physical

11. Disk 2 – Prompting – Physical

12. Disk 2 – Prompting – Positional

13. Disk 2 – Prompting – Verbal

14. Disk 2 – Prompting – Least to most

15. Disk 2 – Prompting – Most to least

All of the above textbook, readings and video clips

Reference Material

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

2. Baldwin, J.D. and Baldwin, J.I. (2001). Behavior Principles in Everyday Life (4th Edition). Toronto: Prentice-Hall.

3. Alberto, P.A. & Troutman, A. C. (2008). Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers. (8th Ed.). Toronto: Prentice-Hall.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Written Research Assignment
Presentation of Research Assignment to class
Assignments (4) (5%each)
Quizzes (2) (10% each)
Final Exam

Written Research Assignment
Graphing Behavioural Data
Assignments (4 @  5% each)
Quizzes (2)
Final Exam

NOTE:  Passing Grade for this Course is 60%

Modes of Evaluation

To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes of the subject.  This is demonstrated by the student's successful completion of the term work and final exam/evaluations.  A passing grade in the Autism and Behavioural Science Ontario College Graduate Certificate is a minimum of "C" (60%). The student must pass both the term work and final exam/evaluations to pass the subject.  If the student passes the term work, but fails the final examination, the student may be awarded a Supplemental Grade at the discretion of the Promotion Committee.

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your Instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments are subject to grade penalities and will not be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignments due date.

Students unable to complete any formal evaluations without sufficant documented reason, will be given a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s)


Written Research Assignment  20%
Graphing Behavioural Data  10%
Assignments (4@5% each) 20%
Quizzes (2@10% each) 20%
Final Exam 30%

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program in Autism and Behavioural Science was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Training, College and Universities © Queen’s Printer for Ontario 2005


Approved by: Lisa Harfield