Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Allison Lowy
Seattle Campus

Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers

Presents principles of applied behavior analysis. Focuses on the use of principles in classroom, home, and community settings to influence learning. Emphasis on the use of data collection and progress monitoring the use of principles and outcomes for learning.

Class description

Given the textbook Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers with assigned reading passages for each class time, a review of class material for at least 2 hours per class time (including group activities), the student(s) will increase their vocabulary in behavior analytic principles and application, provide examples of procedures that can be used in their classroom, list intervention strategies that can be used to increase, decrease and replace behaviors , and utilize data collection strategies to support behavior change.

Student learning goals

1. Students will define applied behavior analysis

2. Students will accurately write behavioral objectives and annual goals.

3. Students will define various methods of data collection and apply them to appropriate applied scenarios.

4. Students will describe positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement and punishment.

5. Students will describe positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement and punishment.

6. Students will learn a variety of techniques to promote geeralization and maintenance of skills.

General method of instruction

Presentation Group Activities

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

1. Class Attendance and Participation 14 points* (2 points per class & 7 classes) Students are responsible for class readings and ACTIVE participation during class.

Scoring: 0 points = absent without turning in make-up work 1 point = prepared for class, some participation 2 points= prepared for class, participates readily in activities (at least 2 questions/comments per class in large or small group activities) * You may drop one in class participation grade * You may miss one class without losing points as long as additional make-up work is completed. See me for make-up work. If you miss more than one class, you may not receive class participation points for such missed classes. 2. Chapter Reviews 21 points (3 points x 7 entries). Chapter Reviews should include the following: 1) general comments based on chapter material (at least one paragraph summary) 2) A fact/principle or information that sparked questions about theory or practical application for you talk about it; expand on it. (at least one paragraph) 3) Write a multiple choice question for a behavior analytic principle, theory, or application introduced. Scoring: 0 points = no entry or entry does not include any of the 3 components 1 point = entry with one component 2 points = entry with 2 components 3 points = entry with 3 components

3. Quizzes 20 points (2 quizzes* x 10 points) A short quiz will be given on the following Monday sessions: July 7th, July 14th and July 21st. They will include short answer, fill-in and multiple-choice items. The purpose of each quiz is to assess your knowledge on previous lectures and reading material. Students are encouraged to prepare for these by completing all required readings, homework assignments, and fully participating in class. Questions clarifying concepts or principles are strongly encouraged during class. * You may drop 1 quiz grade; no make-up quizzes will be given for absence from class.

4. Article Review 10 points. You will read and critique one journal article related to applied behavior analysis. The article must be relatively recent (within the past 5 years) and published in a professional journal (appropriate journals for this review will be discussed in class). Choose an article that is relevant to your educational situation/interests. This critique should be a minimum of one page and a maximum of three pages.

Scoring: Each critique should include the complete reference (1 pt.), a brief summary of the content of the article (2 pts.), your reactions and analysis (4 pts.), as well as feedback on how/if/when it is applicable to your own educational practices (3 pts). Please include information regarding past experience with procedure(s) (if any).

5. Application Paper 10 points. Students will be required to write (in paragraph format) examples of the following: 2 cases in which positive reinforcement was observed to change behavior in your experience (most examples should be school-based) (2 points) 2 cases in which negative reinforcement operated to change behavior in your experience (most examples should be school-based). (2 points) Prepare a scenario for the use of a self-management system to operate in your classroom. Include the following components: a) operational definition of target behavior(s), b) delineation of goals for/with student, c) data collection method, d) how behaviors will be evaluated and reinforced. Please provide an example of any materials that will be used. (6 points).

6. Final Exam -25 points. A cumulative final exam will be given during the final period. It will include questions requiring short answers, multiple-choice items and fill-in the blank. Some multiple choice questions from your chapter reviews may be included!

There is a total of 100 points available. Grades will be awarded on the total number of points earned: Points Grade 95-100 4.0* 92-94 3.7 92-95 3.5 86-88 3.3 83-85 3.0 80-82 2.7 77-79 2.5 74-77 2.3 71-73 2.0 below 710.0

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Allison Lowy
Date: 06/21/2008