Aurora University

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)

ABA-5100  Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis  (3 semester hours)  

This course provides a foundation for beginning graduate students in the experimentally derived principles of respondent and operant conditioning and the role of those principles in accounting for the behavior of humans and non-humans. This course, the first in a sequence of courses, provides an in-depth introduction to the philosophy, concepts, and principles of behavior analysis.

ABA-5200  Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis  (3 semester hours)  

This course is an introduction to applied behavior analysis, which is a field dedicated to the application of behavioral principles and procedures. We will cover basic principles such as reinforcement, stimulus control, extinction, etc. and we will address how these principles are commonly used in addressing behavioral problems of social significance. In addition, we will cover particular topics such as drug and alcohol abuse, classroom management, developmental disabilities, among others.

ABA-5300  Clinical and Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis  (3 semester hours)  

This course covers behavior measurement systems and single subject (within subject) experimental designs. Sound understanding of these topics is critical to the success of any practicing applied behavior analysts. In the class you will learn how to construct behavioral definitions, data collection systems, critically evaluate research, and methods for evaluating the effectiveness of clinical interventions.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-5100; ABA-5200.
ABA-5400  Behavioral Assessment  (3 semester hours)  

This course covers the topic of behavioral assessment. Behavioral assessment is a large part of any practicing applied behavior analyst's daily duties. In this course students will take what they have learned in previous courses and practicum experience and apply it to behavior problems of social significance. Specifically, students will define behavioral excesses and deficits in behavioral terms, define environmental variables in observable and measurable terms, identify critical information in records, design and implement behavioral assessments, and learn how to interpret assessment results. Additionally, students will be required to explain the results of these assessments in non-technical language and participate in simulated interdisciplinary team meetings.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-5100; ABA-5200.
ABA-5810-9  Selected Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis  (Variable semester hours)  

This course will address a specific area of study in applied behavior analysis not already covered by other course offerings. Prerequisites vary by topic.

ABA-6100  Theory and Philosophy for ABA Practitioners  (3 semester hours)  

This course will familiarize students with some of the historical, theoretical, and philosophical viewpoints that characterize radical behaviorism...the philosophy that gave rise to applied behavior analysis. During the course, students will be presented with the various theoretical and philosophical positions that define radical behaviorism. During the course, each of the topics will be addressed and the practical significance of each of these positions will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-5300; ABA-5400.
ABA-6200  Behavioral Interventions  (3 semester hours)  

This course is designed to further students' working knowledge of behavioral interventions. In this course, students will explore the scholarly research that has given rise to common behavioral treatments and discuss the benefits and limitations of various behavioral interventions. Additionally, students will be required to develop interventions targeting both skill acquisition and behavior reduction.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-5100; ABA-5300.
ABA-6300  Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis  (3 semester hours)  

This course is designed to further students' working knowledge of various intellectual and developmental disabilities and contemporary issues that applied behavior analysts encounter in the workplace. Throughout the course, students will lead discussions describing the etiology, behavioral characteristics, special considerations, and areas of issues future research for various intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-5300; ABA-5400.
ABA-6400  Professional and Ethical Issues  (3 semester hours)  

This course is designed to familiarize students with the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts that was developed by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Throughout the course, students will review scholarly work and cases relevant to each of the guidelines outlined by the BACB.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-6100; ABA-6300.
ABA-6450  Personnel Supervision and Management  (3 semester hours)  

This course will provide an overview of contemporary research and practices in the field of Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), also sometimes referred to as Performance Management in organizational settings. Performance Management is a behaviorally-based area of specialization within the broad field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology; however, concepts and techniques used in Performance Management originated from the field of behavior analysis. The application of principles of learning to produce socially significant changes in behavior is the purview of Applied Behavior Analysis and when applied to problems within organizational settings such as training, safety, productivity, and quality deficits, the collective set of procedures is termed "Performance Management within the field of OBM. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to both research and practice techniques in Performance Management and to provide students with the necessary skills to apply the fundamental principles of ABA to a variety of performance problems within the organizational settings. Additionally, this course is required for the MS in Applied Behavior Analysis Behavior Analysis at Aurora University and satisfies the 30 hours of classroom instruction requirements in personnel supervision and management set forth by the Behavior Analysis Certification board's (BACB) 5th edition task list.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-6200; ABA-6400.
ABA-6500  Capstone Course  (3 semester hours)  

This course is designed to serve as a final evaluation for graduating students. Students will be required to complete a capstone project that demonstrates basic the competencies of a practicing behavior analyst and pass a comprehensive examination.

Prerequisite(s): ABA-6200; ABA-6400.

Grading Type: Credit/No Credit

ABA-6810-9  Selected Topics in Applied Behavior Analysis  (Variable semester hours)  

This course will address a specific area of study in applied behavior analysis not already covered by other course offerings. Prerequisites vary by topic.

ABA-6900  Intensive Practicum  (3 semester hours)  

This course is designed to meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB) Intensive Practicum requirements. Students will be required to complete 20 hours a week of supervised experience that focuses on the development of new behavior-analytic skills (see bacb.com for more information about activities that qualify). This course is repeatable for credit (three semester hours each taken over three semesters).

Prerequisite(s): ABA-5100; ABA-5200.

Grading Type: Credit/No Credit