ABA502: Basic Principles and Characteristics of Behavior




This is the second course of the BCBA Task List 5 course sequence. This course focuses on the basic concepts in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, preparing students for the application of behavioral principles in various settings, including home, residential facilities and with various clinical populations from developmental disabilities to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed individuals. Students will be able to identify the underlying assumptions of behavior analysis, distinguish between behaviorism, the experimental analysis of behavior, and applied behavior analysis, demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and interpret articles from the behavior analytic literature. Students will be able to identify the definitions of behavior/response/response class; environment; stimulus; consequence; antecedent; reinforcement; punishment; stimulus control; establishing operation; contingency functional relationships; extinction; generalization. Students will be able to discriminate between the respondent conditioning model and the operant conditioning model.

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