Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ABA 5301  Concepts and Principals in ABA  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course covers the basic concepts that are necessary to scientifically analyze behavior. The fundamental principles discovered through these analyses are introduced. Students will learn about respondent and operant conditioning, the three-term contingency, and difficulties faced when implementing ABA.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5302  Research Methods in ABA  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course covers the research methods used in ABA. Direct and frequent measurement is the foundation for ABA. Students will learn the dimensions by which to measure behavior and to select the most appropriate measurement procedures. Threats to measurement validity and accurate and reliable measurement are discussed. Students learn about experimental design and to graphically display data. Students interpret visual data displays to evaluate the effectiveness of ABA interventions and interpret ABA articles.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5303  Ethics and Professionalism in  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course defines ethics in ABA and reviews the Ethic Code for Behavior Analysts published by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Students learn the importance of maintaining ethics and professionalism when providing ABA services. Ethical issues are discussed and resources for ensuring the ethical and professional implementation of ABA are given. This courses also discusses policy and legal issues that impact the delivery of ABA services to people with disabilities.

Prerequisites: ABA 5301.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5304  Assessment in ABA  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course introduces students to various assessments in ABA, including preference assessments and functional behavior assessment. Students learn to review records and other data and the common functions of challenging behaviors. The importance of collaboration and how to communicate ABA concepts in nontechnical terms will be discussed. The results of the assessments will be used to create ABA intervention programs in a subsequent course (ABA 5305 Interventions in ABA).

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5305  Interventions in ABA  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course builds on ABA 5301 Concepts and Principals in ABA to teach important elements of behavior change and specific behavior-change procedures. Students learn to develop individualized intervention plans that address skill acquisition and challenging behavior based on assessment results learned in ABA 5304 Assessment in ABA. Students are taught to make data-based decisions to guide the delivery of ABA treatment.

Prerequisites: ABA 5301 and ABA 5302.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5306  Supervision and Management for  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course covers the utilization of ABA strategies to provide effective training to parents, caregivers, and staff and effective mentoring to future behavior analysts. The course covers supervision and management skills used at an individual level as well as an organization level. ABA 5301, ABA 5302 and ABA 5303.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5307  Autism Spectrum Disorder  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course utilizes a developmental approach to present assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan. Evidence-based interventions covered include intensive early intervention, educational interventions, social skills training, and interventions for adults. Barriers and challenges related to access and implementation of treatment, diversity, collaboration, advocacy, and legislation will be discussed.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5308  Verbal Behavior  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course focuses on B.F. Skinner’s seminal book, Verbal Behavior (1957). Human verbal behavior is affected by biological, environmental, and motivational factors. Implications for implementing interventions with people with language delays and disorders including those with autism spectrum disorder will be discussed. Students will explore various research articles on the application of Verbal Behavior in ABA intervention.

Prerequisites: ABA 5301.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5309  Behaviorism  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course discusses the philosophy that provides the basis for ABA and the experimental analysis of behavior; this philosophy is known as radical behaviorism.

Prerequisites: ABA 5301.

Restrictions: Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5310  Practicum and Research in ABA  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course provides supervised fieldwork experience that count towards certification requirements of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Student must register for 6 hours of this course. Students will complete supervised hours at approved ABA practicum sites. Course completion does not guarantee certification.

Prerequisites: ABA 5301.

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the MS_ABAS program.Undergraduate level students may not enroll.

ABA 5311  Thesis in ABA  
Credits: 3 (3-0-0)
  

This course is an option for students who want further training in applied research in ABA or who seek to attend a doctor program upon graduation. This course requires 6 hours of grades. The first 3 hours consist of completion of a thesis proposal. The last 3 hours consist of completion of the thesis. ABA 5301, ABA 5302, ABA 5303, ABA 5304, ABA 5305, and ABA 5306.

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students in the MS_ABAS program.Undergraduate level students may not enroll.