AN BEHAV 3000RW - Applied Behaviour Analysis for Animals
Roseworthy Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code AN BEHAV 3000RW Course Applied Behaviour Analysis for Animals Coordinating Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s Roseworthy Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 30 hrs per week for 2 weeks Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge ANIML SC 1016RW or ANIML SC 1018RW Restrictions Available to B.Sc (Animal Behaviour) students only Course Description This course will introduce students to the principles of the science of behaviour known as behaviour analysis. The philosophical system known as behaviourism that underlies this area of study will be explored, with a focus on the application of behavioural principles (applied behaviour analysis) to animal training and welfare practices and procedures. Students will learn techniques for utilizing the principles of behaviour (i.e., operant conditioning) for the management of animals, as well as the benefits that the incorporation of behavioural principles into animal training and behaviour practices provides. The course will cover the general field of applied behaviour analysis as it is practiced across a variety of settings, as well as how applied behaviour analysis is derived from basic research on the experimental analysis of behaviour (EAB) and incorporated with the natural history and ethological underpinnings of animal behaviour.
Course Coordinator: Dr Eduardo Fernandez
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Identify the ABC’s of behaviour and how this relates to understanding the immediate causes (function) of behaviour. 2 Understand and apply the methodology used by the science of behaviour, with a focus on within-subject research methods. 3 Design and implement strategies used for increasing and decreasing the occurrence of behaviour. 4 Discuss how data and empirical evidence are used to evaluate the implementation of various behavioural practices. 5 Discuss the broader ethical and societal implications for the use of behavioural principles in everyday life.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
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Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
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Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 3 - 5
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
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Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is structured with:
- Your first week of course content delivered online during several weeks leading up to the face to face classes (April 17-21, 2023). You will also be able to start some of your assessment tasks during this time.
- In the week of face-to-face classes (April 17-21) there will be interactive workshops and practical classes to improve your practical skills and practice using the knowledge gained in the online content to solve authentic problems.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The course requires *compulsory* attendance for the Face-to-Face (F2F) practical week (approx. 45 hours). In addition, there are approx. 100 hours of non-contact hours in the form of material listed below as well as preparation of that material. Students should expect to attend each day of the F2F practical week (April 17-21, 2023), as well as spending time preparing for the practical week by watching online lectures and taking online quizzes.
The course is set up as the following, with 5 items each worth 20% of your grade:
- Quizzes (Due April 16th, 2023)
- 8 total, done online.
- Assessment of the ABC of a specific behaviour (Due in class, April 19th, 2023)
- Quiz taken during the F2F practical week.
- Group assessment of individual behaviour plans (group project; Due April 21st, 2023)
- Presentation given by the group at the end of the F2F practical week).
- Written plan for changing a behaviour (Due May 5th, 2023)
- Two individual case study reports done by each individual and submitted via Canvas.
- Final exam (9 am - 12 pm, June 26th, 2023)
- Final exam convering online lectures and course material during the F2F practical week.
Learning Activities SummaryLecture topics:
Introduction to Behaviour Analysis
Basic Concepts in Basic and Applied Behaviour Analysis
Defining and Measuring Behaviour
Designing and Assessing Behaviour Measurement
Within-Subject Design Methodology
Construction and Interpretation of Graphs
Planning ABA Research
Contingencies of Behaviour – Positive and Negative Reinforcement
Contingencies of Behaviour – Positive and Negative Punishment
Schedules of Reinforcement
Antecedent Variables – Stimulus Control and Motivating Operations
Developing New Behaviour – Shaping
Developing New Behaviour – Chaining and Imitation
Decreasing Behaviour Without Punishment – Extinction
Decreasing Behaviour Without Punishment – Differential Reinforcement
Decreasing Behaviour Without Punishment – Antecedent Interventions
Evaluation of Behavioural Interventions – Functional Assessment and Analysis
Ethics of Behavioral Interventions
Behavior Management and Intervention
Anecdotal and Empirical Evaluations of Interventions
Animal Handling – Individuals and Species Focus
Online Interviews with Organisations involved in Animal Training and Behaviour Management
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Learning Outcome Approximate timing of Assessment Online quizzes Formative and summative 20% No 1, 2, 4 End of each section/class Assessment of ABC of a specific behaviour Formative and summative
No 1 - 3 During a section/class Written plan for changing a behaviour Formative and summative 20% No 1 - 3 End of each section/class Group assessment of individual behaviour plans Formative and summative 20% No 1, 4, 5 End of Week 1 Written exam Summative 20% No 1, 4, 5 End of semester
Assessment DetailOnline quizzes – 20%
Each quiz (10 total) will focus on the information delivered for each day/lecture. The majority of quizzes will be multiple-choice format.
Assessment of the ABC of a specific behaviour – 20%
During lectures, students will be presented with multiple examples of behaviours where they must adequately assess and state verbally the variables that occur before (antecedents) and after (consequences) of a behaviour. Students will be expected to describe the antecedent stimuli, behaviour(s), and potential consequences for each response in observable, operationally definable terms.
Written plan for changing a behaviour – 20%
At the end of each lecture, students will be presented with a target behaviour/set of behaviours (problematic for its occurrence or non-occurrence), and they will be expected to adequately describe each response and possible function of the response in terms of its antecedent, behaviour, and consequence (ABC), as well as devise a solution for deterring, eliminating, establishing, or replacing the behaviour (10 total, following each quiz; 250 words max).
Group assessment of individual behaviour plans (group project) – 20%
After Week 1, students will split into several groups (group sizes will be ~3-5 students) and be presented with the past individual target behaviours/sets of behaviours. The group will evaluate each individualized behaviour change plan in terms of its ethics and efficacy and present a group plan for each target behaviour/set of behaviours (10 min oral presentation per group)
Written exam – 20%
Final written exam delivered at the end of the semester. Final exams will cover all material learned over the semester, including ethical considerations of behaviour change plans, data collection for behaviour change plans, and time/energy/financial considerations/constraints for any behaviour change plan. (Format: 3 hours, MCQ (~50%), short answer (~25%), and essay/long answer questions (~25%).
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted, then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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